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Team Britannia announce official charity partner for round the world record bid in revolutionary boat.
· Team Britannia announce the Royal British Legion as official
Team Britannia, last night Monday 8th December, announced that their official charity partner for the round the world record attempt would be the Royal British Legion.
The £2.9 million round the world record bid hopes to shave up to seven days off the current record of 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes, held by New Zealander Pete Bethune.
It is lead is by British power boating legend Alan Priddy, in a new ‘torpedo’ boat that will pierce the waves, rather than surfing them. Coupled to its super-efficient design, a variant of the “fast displacement hull” this will reduce fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent and make the 24,000 mile trip smoother.
Mr Priddy commented: "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.” The Team will offer two spaces on each of the
eight legs to injured and wounded servicemen and women, who will selected
over the next three months before starting an intensive training programme
to get them ready for the voyage.
The Team hopes to start building the boat early next year and set off on the historic voyage in just 11 months, when the weather conditions will be just right. The 80ft vessel, built out of marine grade aluminium, will be launched in late spring to allow it to complete its sea trials. It has not been named yet, but Mr Priddy says they are in talks with potential sponsors about this and hope to make an announcement in the New Year.
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.” And last night it was revealed that HRH Prince Harry, had written to Team Britannia wishing them the best of luck with their round the world attempt.
To complete the record attempt the boat must pass through the Suez and Panama Canals, cross the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator and start and finish in the same place. The world record authorities, UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique) have approved Team Britannia’s proposed route, which will start in Gibraltar and call at Shanghai, Singapore, Oman, Malta, Gibraltar, Puerto Rico, Acapulco, Honolulu, and Guam to take on fuel.