Veteran adventurer has started building an 80ft wave-piercing RIB to bring record home

Veteran powerboat adventurer Alan Priddy is putting together an attempt to bring the world record for circumnavigating the globe back to the UK.

The current record of 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes was set by New Zealander Pete Bethune in the trimaran Earthrace in 2008.

Priddy and team, which includes powerboat racer Shelley Jory-Leigh, reckon they can complete the 24,000-mile journey in under 50 days.

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They plan to do it in an 80ft wave-piercing RIB capable of 45 knots and powered by jet drives. It’ll have a fuel capacity of 28,000 litres and a range of 5,000 miles.

A key stage in the build was passed yesterday with the delivery of the 8mm aluminium sheeting that will be used for the hull.

The team plans to set off on the record attempt from Gibraltar later this year.

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