OCEAN racing legend Alan Priddy met injured service personnel as part of preparations for his next world record attempt.
Members of Team Endeavour, a group of wounded service personnel who have formed a powerboat racing team, met members of Mr Priddy’s Team Britannia at the Defence Diving School on Horsea Island.
Mr Priddy, of Portsmouth, 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 and has arranged 19 places for injured service personnel to help.
He said he decided to offer the placements after seeing the recent poppy memorial at the Tower of London: ‘Last year I was walking from Waterloo and came across the Tower, and you just couldn’t help but be so emotional about what happened.
‘It was a turning point for the appreciation of people that have served the country, taken injuries, and have got to get on with their lives.’ said Mr Priddy.
‘So we immediately offered places to injured personnel. It’s the right thing to do.’
The previous record for world circumnavigation of 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes is held by Pete Bethune from New Zealand.
Mr Priddy, who has set several boating world records, will use an 80ft single-hulled boat to try to break the record and was at the diving school to talk to Team Endeavour members that could be picked help him on his challenge.
Stuart Croxford, project manager and co-founder of Team Endeavour, spoke to Alan after establishing the team, which races small power boats known as Zapcats. I said to Alan “how about I feed your project” and he said yes. It’s a fantastic opportunity.’
The selection process starts now and anyone interested can put themselves forward. Those chosen will be helping on board the boat, with two placements on each of the seven legs of the journey.
Five other placements have been offered for those that want to help at the various pit stops which the crew will be taking on the route.