Legendary sailor hopes to notch up another world record

RECORD BID Alan Priddy sat on top of some of the aluminium sheets that will make up the hull of his powerboat, and inset the hull of Accomplish More
RECORD BID Alan Priddy sat on top of some of the aluminium sheets that will make up the hull of his powerboat, and inset the hull of Accomplish More

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SAILOR Alan Priddy has revealed the name of the boat he plans to take around the world to snatch his 38th world record.

The 58-year-old, from Southsea, will take the 90ft Accomplish More around the globe to win another record for the fastest powerboat circumnavigation of the world.

The hull of Accomplish More

The hull of Accomplish More

At the 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show this weekend, Mr Priddy and his team also announced they had gained the backing of a major sponsor to see them through their record attempt.

It means there is now nothing in the way of his plans to try to make it around the world in less than 50 days.

Mr Priddy said: ‘I am absolutely elated.

‘It means we now have all we need to bring this world record back to Britain.

‘To the best of my knowledge I am the only person who has separately motor-boated and sailed around the world.

‘From this experience I now know what type of craft we need to not only smash the existing world record but to set a benchmark that will be nearly impossible to beat.

‘Many people have raced around the world.

‘But you can count on the fingers of one hand the numbers that have successfully attempted to motor round in record time.’

The world record is held by New Zealander Peter Bethuen after his voyage in 2008.

He completed the 24,000-mile journey in 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes.

Mr Priddy runs the Portsmouth-based Around and Around sailing charity, which is based in Dundas Spur, Copnor.

He has vowed his team can do it in 50 days with their custom-designed and built powerboat.

Three other racers will join Mr Priddy on his attempt including British champion Shelley Jory-Leigh.

The strict rules governing the attempt mean the crew will have to pass through the Suez and Panama Canals.

Their proposed route is formed of five 4,800-mile legs, starting and ending in Gibraltar.

Mr Priddy added: ‘We are leaving nothing to chance and are ready to go.

‘We will be triumphant in getting this record.

‘It will give a welcome boost not just to Britain but to anyone who loves boats.

‘Plus to those who are excited by adventure, or who marvels at the spirit of human endeavour.’

Accomplish More is 90ft long, 16ft wide and has an estimated top speed of more than 45 knots.