The time has come for Alan Priddy and crew onboard the Spirit of Cardiff as they head off around the world in their RIB in an attempt to break the round the world record...

The time has come for Alan Priddy and crew onboard the Spirit of Cardiff as they head off around the world in their RIB in an attempt to break the round the world record. This news just in:

“The wind whistles through the masts in the marina, and the sky is heavy and grey. Not a good day to set off on a world record attempt, but for Alan Priddy and the rest of the crew of the Spirit of Cardiff, it’s THE day, whatever the weather.

With smashed windscreens repaired, broken autopilot replaced, and everything prepared for the first leg of the voyage, we set off from Sheppards Marina, and make our way to the harbour entrance. Waiting there is Gibraltar’s Customs launch, with official timer Wayne Warwick, along with a pilot vessel for the media.

We pass the harbour entrance at just a few seconds past midday local time (1000 GMT), starting off on an epic voyage which will hopefully see us arriving back in Gibraltar in substantially less than the 74 days 20 hours 58 minutes taken by the Cable and Wireless Adventurer in 1998.”