Alan Priddy has today confirmed that Team Britannia will launch their round the world record bid in October.
The decision comes after two further technical issues were discovered in December, both of which have now been resolved.
Priddy commented on the news;
The boat is coming on in leaps and bounds, but last month we identified two additional minor problems.
These were only discovered following the operation to turn the hull over, lifting it out of the special upside down jig it had been sitting in.
As soon as she was turned our amazing builder discovered two further minor issues, which because of the Christmas shut down, could not be resolved immediately.
This put pressure on the timetable we were working to and would have pushed the start date toward the edge of the weather window, possibly making for a very bumpy and unpleasant voyage.
We will launch our round the world record attempt in October.
Priddy has already talked extensively about the importance of the weather and identifying the optimum time for the record attempt, which is why the Team have their own dedicated meteorologist who will provide constant updates on conditions and emerging weather systems.
Simply put, poor weather could add days to the record attempt and require significant additional fuel to be used, and when you are doing everything to minimise these sorts of issues you would be mad to take the risk.
The revolutionary 80ft eco-boat is still expected to be launched in the spring, before undergoing an extensive programme of sea trials and visits to events supporting the project’s sponsors and partners, such as Raymarine, Sebago and the veterans charity Blesma.
The most important thing for the project is making sure everything is 100 per cent right.
This means constantly reviewing every element of the design and build in consultation with our team of builders at the Aluminium Boatbuilding Company to ensure we have the best vessel ever built, and I am confident that this is what we have.
Next month we will be announcing a full programme of testing and visits, which will include more details of the celebrations in Gibraltar in October to mark the start of the round the world record attempt.
Priddy is also keen to have a formal naming ceremony in Portsmouth’s historic dockyard to thank the more than 250 people based in the South who have worked on the project, from designers, welders and financiers to painters, tank manufacturers and engineers.
After the naming ceremony the semi wave-piercing vessel will travel to Gibraltar’s Ocean Village, where she will be based for sea trials and the record attempt.