'˜Adrenaline junkie' joins Alan Priddy's record attempt team

A TEAM looking to set a new round-the-world record has been boosted with another new member.

Tuesday, 23rd May 2017, 6:55 am
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:15 pm

Self-confessed adrenaline junkie Andy Reid has joined Team Britannia ahead of its record attempt later this year.

The 47-year-old is the latest person to join the Hayling-based team – which is led by Portsmouth ocean racing legend Alan Priddy.

Andy, who lives in Sevenoaks, Kent, will act as the bosun for the epic voyage.

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Mr Priddy said he was ‘delighted’ to be reunited with Andy, who he said was a ‘crucial member of the team’ in the 2002 Spirit of Cardiff record bid.

Mr Priddy added: ‘Andy has proven skills and brings a huge amount to this already excellent team.

‘He is an amazing guy – calm and reliable – so when we encounter problems and we will, I know that I have someone who will not panic but just get on with solving it.’

Andy added: ‘I am really excited to be returning to the ocean to finish the job we started in 2002.

‘I feel really optimistic about this amazing challenge and I already love working with Team Britannia’s dynamic and enthusiastic team.

‘I am looking forward to bringing this prestigious record back to Great Britain.’

The team, made up of 12 people – including five wounded veterans – will begin their 23,000-mile voyage later this year.

Using a super fuel-efficient powerboat, the squad aims to slash up to seven days off the current record of 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes held by New Zealander Pete Bethune.