DETERMINED challengers taking part in a Solent powerboat team’s round the world record challenge this morning embarked on a training programme ahead of the start of the voyage next month.
Injured ex-serving members of the armed forces have been given the chance to join Team Britannia for the global trip.
And this morning they gathered at the University of Southampton’s watersports centre to take on a two-day sea training course to get them prepared.
The team will be going out on the water on a 6m training rib, learning basic navigation, seamanship skills, working with buoys and maritime etiquette.
Daisy Coleman, who was medically discharged from the army after being injured on duty in Afghanistan, said: ‘It’s just a phenomenal opportunity. I also race P1 power boats and this is a great chance to add more skills to my bow.
‘I am a navigator by trade, but this is a completely different kettle of fish. It will be great to expand my horizons and challenge myself.’
Skipper Alan Priddy, a Portsmouth ocean racing legend, said it was a great opportunity for the crew members to mix and learn how to work together to crack the world record. They have to sail around the world in less than 60 days to achieve it.