Sunseeker surrounded by broken records

Peter Dredge and the Sunseeker XS Racing crew have achieved every one of the records they set out to collect

From 0928 yesterday to 0928 this morning, Sunseeker’s XS Racing team were rocketing around the Isle of Wight in a bid to break the 24-hour endurance record they set in Dubai earlier this year.

They should have finished by this time but final reports have yet to be issued. At 0630 this morning however, they had already (subject to UIM confirmation) smashed the six, 12 and 18-hour endurance records and had travelled 1,100 miles around the island. That means Ian Sanderson and Peter Dredge have – subject to confirmation – smashed the 24-hour powerboat endurance record.

They have also exceeded the previous best times for five and 10 laps of the Isle of Wight, a unique achievement. Their record breaking boat is a standard production Sunseeker XS2000 power cruiser, driven by twin 450hp Yanmar turbo-diesel engines.

The team covered 850 miles and averaged 47.22 knots for the first 18 hours of largely trouble-free motoring, including five fuel stops, taking on board a total of 2,100 litres of diesel. From the execution of each fuel stop, to the crew’s diet throughout the run, this record attempt was meticulously planned and faultlessly managed by crew chief, Simon Wood-Power and his team of helpers.

Hat off to Dredge, Sanderson Wood-Power and the dozens of others involved in this runaway success for breaking more records for Britain and raising the profile of powerboating around the country.