TV personality Ben Fogle will attempt to break the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the British Isles this summer

TV personality Ben Fogle will attempt to break the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the British Isles this summer. The attempt will be made by SUNUS Ocean Racing (SOR) using a Spectre 32R, a production powerboat based on the proven 31ft Phantom hull.

Two Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines give the boat a top speed just shy of 100mph, making it one of the UK’s fastest production leisure craft. The punishing 2,000 nautical mile challenge includes the west coast of Ireland.

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Skippered by racer Tom Montgomery-Swan with Ben Fogle and Michal Galczewski acting as navigators and Ben Allen from Mercury importer E P Barrus as engineer, the team hope to set a time of 60 hours at an average speed of over 45mph. The current record of 73 hours is currently held by Seahound V, a 10m Scorpion RIB powered by a Yanmar diesel engine.

The attempt is being used as a platform to raise awareness and funding for still birth charities, a cause personal to two of the team.