Brit attempting to beat New Zealander’s record
Priddy, 61, will take to the waves in November 2015 in an environmentally-friendly powerboat vessel shaped like a torpedo and attempt to sail around the world.
The current record is held by Pete Bethune from New Zealand who completed the voyage in 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes. Amazingly, Priddy wants to shave around 10 days off the record!
Revolutionary boat in the making
Priddy’s Team Britannia will construct the 8oft boat early next year after securing £2.9 million of funding. They hope to set off from Gibraltor in November 2015 on their 24,000 mile trip.
From Richard’s own personal experience, powerboats aren’t the comfiest place to be. Interestingly, the boat has been designed to pierce waves rather than surfing across them. Team Britannia believe the move should reduce fuel consumption by 30% and make the trip smoother than one in a boat with a conventional hull.
It will also be made from 80% recycled marine-grade aluminium and will carry 7,700 gallons of reportedly revolutionary emulsion fuel, which when burned reduces harmful emissions.
Priddy aiming to set 38th world record
38 world records is surely a record in itself! That is how many Priddy will have if he succeeds with his circumnavigation attempt.
Speaking to Yahoo.com, Priddy explained: “This project is the culmination of a lifetime’s work that I hope will highlight the amazing qualities and skills that we have in abundance in our country – the best sailors, engineers, boat builders and designers.
“When this record, the pinnacle of powerboating, was lost to the New Zealand boat Earthrace, I knew we had an amazing opportunity to once again showcase the best of British. To show why our marine industry is still the best.
“Team Britannia aims to do just that. It brings together just a few of the people who make Britain and our marine sector great.”
Injured serviceman and women to form part of the crew
Starting in Gibraltar, Team Britannia’s epic journey will see them head west with fuel stops scheduled in Puerto Rico, Acapulco, Honolulu, Guam, Singapore, Oman and Malta.
Priddy will set off with a crew of seven and has generously offered a place to injured servicemen or women on each leg of the voyage.
Richard Carr admires greatly the drive and determination of Mr Priddy especially considering that his first attempt two years ago came to a swift end when a factory fire damaged the hull of his boat. Carr describes Priddy as an inspiration to all and hopes that he and his powerboat regains the record for the British.
Follow his progress via his twitter feed.
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