Alan Priddy’s Team Britannia have today announced a 12th March 2017 start date for their proposed round the world record bid.
The news made was before Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Championship being held this weekend at Catalan Bay in Gibraltar in which Team Britannia are supporting.
Priddy commented on the news today;
I am delighted to confirm the new start date of Sunday 12th March 2017.
Earlier in the month we had to announce the delay of our departure due to an irrevocable safety problem with the two stern hull plates.
This has now been rectified and the new plates will arrive shortly, allowing the plating of the hull to be completed.
Once in place, we can turn the hull over and slide the engines, Castoldi jets and fuel tanks into place, before craning into place the wheelhouse.
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 Puerto Rico, Manzanillo, Honolulu, Guam, Singapore, Oman and Malta to take on fuel.
I look forward to seeing everyone in Gibraltar next year.
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.