Boost for Team Britannia as new squad member signs up

Police outside Wilmcote House, Portsmouth

Residents had to be signed in to Portsmouth flat block after police incident

Have your say

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.’