Alan Priddy set to feature alongside Bear Grylls!

Portsmouth-based sailing legend Alan Priddy will feature alongside the likes of Bear Grylls and Mike Brewer when he features on the Discovery Channel next year.

Major TV deal

Priddy, who is planning a world record attempt later this year with his Team Britannia outfit, has signed a deal which will see a 10 part series produced by the Discovery Channel.

The documentary will show the development, construction and testing of the torpedo-shaped vessel, which Priddy hopes will see him eclipse the world time of 60 days to sail around the world.

Alan’s bid to break the record will being in November later this year and start and finish in Gibraltar. The show is likely to be aired sometime next year and viewers will be given an insight into the innovative products and science behind the £2.9m round the world attempt, including looking at the revolutionary design.

Technology

Team Britannia’s 80ft boat will include ‘wave slicing’ technology that will aid fuel consumption. It is estimated that it will make the boat 30% more economical and should also make the 24,000 mile trip smoother than a voyage in a conventional hulled boat.

The 24,000 mile journey will see head west from the start point in Gibraltar, with fuel stops scheduled in Puerto Rico, Acapulco, Guam, Singapore, Oman and Malta.

Lime Pictures

A TV deal has been formally signed by Priddy and Lime Pictures and he told Porstmouth.co.uk: “Securing this TV deal with the highly respected Lime Pictures and Discovery Channel, shows the potential of the project and how everyone involved is pushing the boundaries of science and engineering. We have an incredible story to tell, including the knocks.

“The previous design and hull, which was destroyed by fire and the short delay in this construction, while the final elements of financial support have been secured will all be covered.”

About Richard Carr

Richard Carr, of Poole, 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.