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Former Servicemen In Round-The-World Powerboat Record Attempt

A multi-million-pound bid led by ocean adventurer Alan Priddy to design and build the fastest powerboat to circumnavigate the globe is being...

A multi-million-pound bid led by ocean adventurer Alan Priddy to design and build the fastest powerboat to circumnavigate the globe is being crewed by ex-servicemen.

The race to beat the world record is now back on track after funding difficulties, meaning Team Britannia can now focus on beating the time set by New Zealander Pete Bethune: 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes.

Alan Priddy, who's leading the team, already has over 30 world records but wanted to use a team of veterans for this one after being inspired by the ceramic poppy display at the Tower of London. 

The crew is made up of military veterans who receive support from Blesma - a military charity for limbless veterans.

Alan Priddy, principal of Team Britannia said:

"We've been working with them now for three years and they're such an amazing bunch of guys, so dedicated, so loyal."

Richard Hunt, a crewmember, said: "I actually had a phone call from one of the other Blesma guys who's part of the crew who said to me 'did I fancy a boat trip?'

"And knowing the guy like I do, I knew that he didn't mean sort of going around the Isle of White or something like that.

"So he told me about this project and it took me 30 seconds to say 'yes'.

"For me, I have to test myself, I have to give myself goals to try and achieve... otherwise I don't feel like I'm worth anything." 

Work to build the boat started June 2016, with its launch being expected this year. After the boat has been thoroughly tested, the team will begin their world record attempt.

 

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