British Sailor Hopes to Break World Record for Circumnavigating Globe

British Sailor Hopes to Break World Record for Circumnavigating Globe

Alan Priddy, 61, a British seaman is expecting to break a New Zealander's record for circumnavigating the world. With his Earthrace trimaran, a powerboat shaped like a torpedo, Priddy will make an attempt to break the record.

Now, it has to be seen that whether or not Priddy would be able to beat the record of 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes using his 'floating fuel tank'. From November 1, 2014, the world record attempt will initiate.

The tank will stop at 10 countries across the world for refueling purposes. The 10 nations include Gibraltar, Puerto Rico, Panama, Acapulco, Honolulu, Guam, Singapore, and Oman. There are certain rules to which Priddy has to abide by.

Firstly, the boat should start and finish at the same place. The boat must pass through the Suez and Panama Canals and should also cross the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator. Priddy has 37 boating world records and believes that he is the only person who sailed around the world and separately motor boated.

"From this unique experience I now know what type of craft we need to build, not only to smash the existing powerboat circumnavigation world record, but to set a benchmark that will be nearly impossible to beat", affirmed Priddy.
Four years ago, Priddy came up with the idea to make an attempt to break the world record made by conservationist Bethune. To make the ship, Priddy has secured £2.9million as funding.

Priddy's floating fuel tank' will be a 24m long aluminium powerboat, which has designed to swiftly cross the killer waves at an estimated top speed of 34.4 knots and estimated average speed of 22.5 knots. The boat will carry 35 tons of eco-fuel and a staff of seven people. Marine-grade-aluminum will be used to make the ship, which is 80% recyclable.

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