WORK to build a boat for a Portsmouth sailor’s world record attempt to circumvent the globe in under 60 days will begin next month.
Alan Priddy and his team launched their record attempt to sail around the world at an event at London’s Canary Wharf last night.
Team Britannia wants to shave up to seven days off the current record of 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes when it leaves Gibraltar in November 2015.
In front of dozens of sponsors, businesses and supporters, the voyagers laid out their plans for 2015 – with the 80ft boat being built in Hayling Island from the end of January, creating 25 new jobs for local people.
Two of the crew members in next year’s attempt will be injured service personnel, with the Royal British Legion unveiled as its charity partner last night.
Alan said: ‘I am delighted that we are teaming up with the Royal British Legion as part of this historic record attempt.
‘When my team and I first started to talk about linking with a charity, so as part of our voyage we could raise money for a good cause, the Royal British Legion was the name most frequently mentioned.
‘Many of my team have strong connections with the military, so this link is acutely personal to us.’
Portsmouth City Council member Alistair Thompson has been involved in the £2.9m project for years.
At the launch he said: ‘There is so much energy around this project.
‘I can’t imagine it not happening now. Alan has brought together a very strong team. The finances are progressing well and I am confident that we will see the boat built at the start of the new year.’
Portsmouth businesses involved in the project were at the launch event in London, including Cobweb cloud services in Fareham and Tony Fuizon from Fuizon Freeze Dried Foods.
Tony said: ‘It is really good to be involved in this and to be able to support a local company.’
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