Alan Priddy’s ‘World-Record’ attempt back on track

Richard Carr is delighted to see that Portsmouth ocean racing legend Alan Priddy has got his plans to log the fastest round-the-world lap back on track following last year’s disappointment.

Backing

Priddy was meant to attempt the challenge late last year and Richard Carr had followed his progress closely on his site. However, his hopes were sunk when a sponsor pulled out at the final minute leaving him with funding deficit which he just wasn’t able to fill.

As a result, Alan postponed the 24,000 mile voyage until further funding could be found.

New funding has since been found and the play button has been hit on Alan’s world record attempt, which will take place later this year.

The 63 year-old will be accompanied by a team of eight on his state of the art powerboat as they aim to beat the current record of 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes by at least a week.

New Zealand skipper Pete Bethune holds the current power boat circumnavigation record, which was set in June 2008.

Lifetime’s work

Speaking to the BBC earlier this week, Alan said: “This project really is the culmination of a lifetime’s work for me.

“My team and I will sail round the world quicker than anyone has ever done. In doing so we will bring the world record back to Great Britain were it belongs.”

Mr Priddy’s 24m (80ft) craft , which runs on a mixture of diesel, water and emulsifier, is due to be built on Hayling Island and is expected to start sea trials in September.

The team will call at Puerto Rico, Acapulco, Honolulu, Guam, Singapore, Oman and Malta to take on fuel before finishing back in Gibraltar.

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.


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