From the beat to the sea
Cumbrian Police Officer Alan Savage has been revealed as one of Alan Priddy’s crew men for his 23,850-mile round-the-world voyage, as he attempts to beat the current world record of 60 days, by seven days.
Alan, aged 44, will join the £2.9m Team Britannia project for at least one of the 3,300-mile legs of the voyage. The police officer was unveiled as one of the crewmen during 37-time world record holder Alan Priddy’s launch event at Canary Wharf, London.
The voyage, which has been wished well by Prince Harry, will set sail in November and Alan Savage told the newsandstar.co.uk that he is honoured to be a part of the team.
“I am honoured to be welcomed to the team, and to be part of this amazing voyage is a dream come true. It truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I have been friends with Alan for a long time, bonding over our mutual love of boats, which makes this whole experience even more exciting.
“It will be hard work but I am determined to do my part and bring this World Record back to Britain.”
Priddy: Alan is the perfect man for the job
Having observed name-sake Alan during his training for the role, Priddy believed that he had the necessary experience to be a key cog in his team.
“It’s no easy task selecting a crew to take on what is undoubtedly the world’s greatest challenge. At the selection, interview, and training, Alan Savage showed dedication, commitment, and an overriding passion to make sure he secured his seat in history. A combination of over 24 years as a serving police officer and five years with the RNLI gave him a massive advantage over the others when it came to listening to instructions and working as a member of a close knit team.
“We are glad to have him aboard and I am confident he will make his colleagues proud.”
About Richard Carr
Richard Carr is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful powerboat racers, who has competed in the sport globally.
He has won numerous domestic and international honours: he became British Class 1 Champion in 1991; he was the winner of the coveted Needles Trophy and he also came second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992. It was the year the race was controversially competed in the fog and it has been argued for many years that he actually won the race.
He is known in the sport for his aggressive racing character in rough seas and recently raced in the USA for Geico in 2011.
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