Boost for Team Britannia as new squad member signs up

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ANOTHER experienced powerboat racer has joined Team Britannia’s bid to race around the world in record time.

Gibraltar-based businessman Robert Mackenzie has joined ocean racer Alan Priddy’s team and stepped aboard the Solent team’s 80ft powerboat for their world record attempt this October.

The 66-year-old will be a part of the 12-man team which hopes to cut up to seven days off the current world record to circumnavigate the globe, which is held by New Zealander Pete Bethune.

Mr Mackenzie said: ‘Alan and I go way back and I am delighted to be a part of his latest world record bid. I greatly look forward to the journey, and although we are certain to face challenges on our way, the sense of achievement which comes with setting a world record together as a team will make it all worthwhile.’

Mr Priddy, from Portsmouth, said: ‘Robert’s adventurous spirit combined with his sailing experience makes him a valuable crew member.’