Alan Priddy’s Team Britannia have today announced a delay in their proposed round the world record bid due to a technical problem with its two stern hull plates.
According to Team Britannia, the problem was only discovered last week, the plates will now have to be re-cut, scuppering the intended October launch date.
Priddy commented on the delay;
This is a hard day for the project and everyone involved with it – more than 100 men and women. I have been living and breathing this project for five years and we were flying. The boat was taking shape and everything was on track for the start later this month.
All the kit and equipment we needed is on site waiting to be installed, including the engines, Castoldi jets and high tech communications and navigation equipment from industry leaders Raymarine.
Having been advised that it could take several weeks before the new plates arrive, while other work has had to stop, so I have reluctantly taken the decision to delay the record bid until early next year.
The boat was designed by Professor Bob Cripps, former Technical Director of VT Halmatic. It has been designed to slice the waves, rather than surfing them, with its super-efficient design, a variant of the ‘fast displacement hull’.
This will reduces fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent and should make the 23,000 mile trip smoother.
In addition to the fuel efficient design the vessel will be powered by a revolutionary fuel emulsion developed by Clean Fuel Ltd, a mixture of diesel, water and emulsifier, that when burnt reduces harmful emissions such as particulate matter and NOx.
Inside the boat will be the latest radar, safety and communications equipment from Raymarine and Iridium Communications.
We always knew that there was the possibility of a delay, after all we are building a boat that will have to stand up to the toughest imaginable conditions, so it is vital to get it 100 per cent right before we set off.
This delay will allow us to undertake an extended programme of sea trials that will include breaking the unsupported round Britain record.
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.