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THE WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT THAT LOOKS TO CHANGE THE WORLD

Not just a long-standing ambition to break the round the world powerboat record, Team Britannia aims to do it pollution-free, as onboard journalist Clive Tully explains

There can be few record-attempting projects like Team Britannia that have been eight years in gestation – indeed, if you add the original aim to break the round the world powerboat record in Spirit of Cardiff (which didn’t quite make it), you’re talking about a dream nearly 20 years in the making! But through all of this, Portsmouth engineer, businessman and Team Britannia Principal Alan Priddy has remained doggedly focussed.

“It would have been a lot easier if we were trying to get sponsorship for a sailing attempt,” he admits. “Powerboats don’t seem to have such a broad appeal, particularly when it’s just one racing against the clock.” The official UIM record of 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes has been held by New Zealander Pete Bethune and his boat Earthrace for nearly 10 years, with the original record set by the British boat Cable & Wireless Adventurer – also held for 10 years – which in itself illustrates just how difficult it is compared with sailing records which fall far more frequently.

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