Round-the-world sailor Alan Priddy meets wounded servicemen

Richard Carr has followed the progress of Portsmouth-based Alan Priddy via his website since the sailing legend announced his intention to try and break a world-record in a round-the-world voyage.

Places for injured serviceman

Alan’s team, aptly named Team Britannia, are currently building the 80ft single-hulled boat which he and his team will use to try and break the current world circumnavigation record of 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes. A record held by Pete Bethune of New Zealand.

To help him in his quest, Alan has arranged 19 places throughout the trip for injured service personnel to assist him in his challenge.

He explained the reason why to the Portsmouth News recently: “Last year I was walking from Waterloo and came across the Tower, and you just couldn’t help but be so emotional about what happened.

“It was a turning point for the appreciation of people that have served the country, taken injuries, and have got to get on with their lives.’ said Mr Priddy.

“So we immediately offered places to injured personnel. It’s the right thing to do.”

Selection process

Alan and his team met with members of Team Endeavour, a group of injured servicemen and women who themselves have formed a powerboat team.

Created and project managed by Stuart Croxford, the team races small powerboats known as Zapcats. Having established the team, Stuart asked Alan if he could help feed his project, a request that Alan accepted.

The selection process has now begun ahead of the voyage which sets off from Gibraltar on November 1 and anyone interested can put their names forward. If selected, duties will include helping on board the boat, with two placements on each of the seven legs of the journey.

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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