Alan Priddy teams up with the Royal British Legion

In one of his first blogs on, former British champion powerboat racer Richard Carr voiced his support of powerboat racer Alan Priddy’s round-the-world record attempt.

Priddy attempting to travel around the world in record time

Priddy’s Team Britannia announced earlier this year that they were attempting to beat New Zealander’s Pete Bethune’s time of 60 days 23 hours and 49 minutes to travel around the world in a powerboat.

The project, which will cost £2.9million, announced the Royal British Legion as its official charity partner last week.

Speaking about the announcement, Priddy said:  “I am delighted that we are teaming up with the Royal British Legion as part of this historic record attempt.

“When my team and I first started to talk about the linking with a charity, so as part of our voyage we could raise money for a good cause, the Royal British Legion was the name most frequently mentioned.

“Many of my team have strong connections with the military, including Jan and Joe who have both served in our armed forces, so this link is acutely personal to us.”

Servicemen offered places on the trip

As part of the partnership, Team Britannia has kindly offered two spaces on each of the eight legs to injured and wounded servicemen and women.

Over the next couple of months the guests will be selected before starting an intensive training programme to get them ready for the voyage.

Mr Priddy continued “Our goals are quite simple, to smash the current world record and showcase the very best of the British maritime industry: design, boat building, technology and developments in eco-fuels. Being able to announce that Royal British Legion will be our official charitable partner is an extension of these goals.”

“The Royal British Legion does outstanding work with the most incredible people. People who have put their lives on the line to protect us all, whether on the battlefield of the Somme in 1914, the icy waters of the North Atlantic, or more recently in the foothills of Afghanistan. I hope that we do them 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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