Team Britannia will be able to call upon the expertise of former Army servicewomen Daisy Coleman (pictured above) when they set sail for their round-the-world powerboat record attempt, writes Richard Carr.
29 year-old Daisy hails from Popley in Basingstoke is known by many as an adrenaline junkie, so joining Alan Priddy’s round-the-world record attempt seems like a perfect fit!
Since leaving the military in 2013 through injury, Daisy has made the sport of powerboat racing her life and has collected three top three P1 SuperStock championship finishes in a row since joining the sport.
In October she and 11 other crew members will take on one of the biggest challenges of their lives when they look to complete the 24,000 mile journey around the globe in a world record time.
Opportunity of a life time
Speaking to raceboatinternational.com, Daisy said: “I am so pleased to be given this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attempt the very pinnacle of my sport.
“I never contemplated doing anything like this, and trying to break a world record, so it’s going to be a fantastic experience, and I’m so grateful.
“I joined the Army to see the world, but only managed to see Iraq and Afghanistan, so this is a dream come true for me.”
The departure date for the voyage is fast approaching with the team due to set off from the iconic Europa Point in Gibraltar on October 23. They are looking to break the record held by New Zealander Peter Bethune who completed the epic feat back in 1998 in 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes.
Daisy, Alan and the rest of Team Britannia are aiming to shave seven days off that time.
Team Britannia will be made up of five wounded, injured or sick serviceman and women on each of the seven legs of the voyage.
Daisy said: “It’s special for me to have that connection with other Army personnel on this, because my hand was forced, I didn’t want to leave the military.
“When I left, I had no confidence in myself and felt useless, but that has all changed since I got involved in motorsport.”
Team leader Alan Priddy said: “We are delighted Daisy is going to join the crew for the whole voyage and help us break the world record.
“She brings to the team a huge amount of experience and expertise from her career racing P1 powerboats, but more than that she brings her amazing can-do attitude and sense of humour.
“From the first time I met Daisy to discussing with other crew members, we just knew we had a perfect fit.”