Plymouth based driver, Chris Parsonage, who currently lies fourth the in world Class I (16 litre) championship, is out to improve the time for rounding the Isle of Wight by sea.

Plymouth based driver, Chris Parsonage, who currently lies fourth the in world Class I (16 litre) championship, is out to improve the time for rounding the Isle of Wight by sea.

He will use his twin Lamborghini powered Victory catamaran Negotiator 50 which is capable of achieving racing speeds in excess of 140mph (225kph). The attempt will be made during the all-class basic Round the Island race programmed for Sunday August 28.

The current record speed for covering the 57.54 miles circumnavigation is 78.80mph (126.81kph) representing a time of 44 min 48.68 secs set by John Puddifoot in Mercury powered Revenger Rib on July 26, 2001. However a faster average of 88.55mph (142.50kph) was achieved by Italian Mario Rizzardi during the Round the Island race on August 28, 2003 but never officially claimed as a record.

Negotiator 50 could easily become the first boat to round the island at 100mph (160kph) but this will depend entirely on the weather.