Powerboat team seeking to break record lands TV deal

Alan Priddy
Alan Priddy
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A PORTSMOUTH powerboat sailing team gearing up for a world record attempt has clinched its first major TV deal.

Team Britannia, led by ocean-racing legend Alan Priddy, will be setting off from Gibraltar on November 1 to try to break the record for the fastest trip around the world in a powerboat.

A deal has now been made to produce a 10 part series on the Discovery Channel showing the development, construction and testing of the torpedo-shaped vessel.

The documentary, due to be aired next year, will look at the innovative products and science behind the £2.9m round the world record attempt, including looking at the revolutionary design.

The 80ft boat will include ‘wave slicing’ technology that will cut fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent, and should make the 24,000 mile trip smoother than a voyage in a conventional hulled boat.

The TV deal was formally signed this week in London between Lime Pictures and Mr Priddy.

Mr Priddy, pictured, said: ‘Securing this TV deal with the highly respected Lime Pictures and Discovery Channel, shows the potential of the project and how everyone involved is pushing the boundaries of science and engineering. We have an incredible story to tell, including the knocks.

‘The previous design and hull, which was destroyed by fire and the short delay in this construction, while the final elements of financial support have been secured will all be covered.’