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Team Britannia announce official charity partner for round the world record bid in revolutionary boat

Team Britannia announce the Royal British Legion as official Charity Partner
World record attempt will showcase best of UK’s marine industry
HRH Prince Harry wishes Alan Priddy and team, best of luck

Team Britannia, last night Monday 8th December, announced that their official charity partner for the round the world record attempt would be the Royal British Legion.

The 2.9 million round the world record bid hopes to shave up to seven days off the current record of 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes, held by New Zealander Pete Bethune.

It is lead is by British power boating legend Alan Priddy, in a new ‘torpedo’ boat that will pierce the waves, rather than surfing them. Coupled to its super-efficient design, a variant of the “fast displacement hull” this will reduce fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent and make the 24,000 mile trip smoother.

Mr Priddy commented: "I am delighted that we are teaming up with the Royal British Legion as part of this historic record attempt. When my team and I first started to talk about the linking with a charity, so as part of our voyage we could raise money for a good cause, the Royal British Legion was the name most frequently mentioned. “Many of my team have strong connections with the military, including Jan and Joe who have both served in our armed forces, so this link is acutely personal to us.” The Team will offer two spaces on each of the eight legs to injured and wounded servicemen and women, who will selected over the next three months before starting an intensive training programme to get them ready for the voyage.

The vessel will be powered by a revolutionary fuel emulsion, a mixture of diesel, water and emulsifier, that when burnt reduces harmful emissions such as particulate matter and NOx. The British company behind the emulsion, SulNOx Fuel Fusions, believe claim they have cracked the problem of stratification that has blighted this technology in the past. They say that by smashing ordinary fuel and water together repeatedly and under great pressure they can alter the size of the fuel particles at a nano level. To further stabilise this mixture an emulsifying agent is added. This they say has created the first safe, reliable and cost effective fuel emulsion which will be used to power the boat as part of a million pound deal. The effects of the emulsified fuel on the engines and the emissions will be monitored for the duration of the voyage and the results published online.

The Team hopes to start building the boat early next year and set off on the historic voyage in just 11 months, when the weather conditions will be just right. The 80ft vessel, built out of marine grade aluminium, will be launched in late spring to allow it to complete its sea trials. It has not been named yet, but Mr Priddy says they are in talks with potential sponsors about this and hope to make an announcement in the New Year.

Mr Priddy continued: “Our goals are quite simple, to smash the current world record and showcase the very best of the British maritime industry: design, boat building, technology and developments in eco-fuels. Being able to announce that Royal British Legion will be our official charitable partner is an extension of these goals. “The Royal British Legion, does outstanding work with the most incredible people. People who have put their lives on the line to protect us all, whether on the battlefield of the Somme in 1914, the icy waters of the North Atlantic, or more recently in the foothills of Afghanistan. I hope that we do them proud.” And last night it was revealed that HRH Prince Harry, had written to Team Britannia wishing them the best of luck with their round the world attempt.

To complete the record attempt the boat must pass through the Suez and Panama Canals, cross the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator and start and finish in the same place. The world record authorities, UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique) have approved Team Britannia’s proposed route, which will start in Gibraltar and call at Shanghai, Singapore, Oman, Malta, Gibraltar, Puerto Rico, Acapulco, Honolulu, and Guam to take on fuel.