The long-running Team Britannia round-the-world record attempt project is offering 12 places across six legs of the journey
Adventurous boaters are being offered the chance to join a world-record attempt, as Alan Priddy’s Team Britannia is giving away 12 places on its 80ft superboat Excalibur.
The slots are being allocated through an online competition, tickets for which are priced at £25. It is hoped that funds raised from the competition will get the project to its funding target.
“We have an amazing team who are working hard with our existing partners and sponsors, but the instability caused by Brexit has seen a number of companies we have been speaking to defer any decision,” Priddy explained.
“But we can’t continue to wait. The construction of the superboat is complete, the fitting out is underway and the crew and I are ready to go. So we are going to open this up. We will make 12 places on the superboat available to members of the public who can answer a simple question and part with a little money.”
The lucky winners will join the crew of Excalibur for one of six legs in their round-the-world tour, and they won’t just be used as ballast – Team Britannia is promising the chance to get involved with watch keeping, fuel management, and even driving this 1,000hp behemoth.
The current round-the-world record for a powerboat is 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes (as set by New Zealand’s Pete Bethune aboard Earthrace), so the winners can expect to be at sea for roughly ten days. They will also receive 25 shares in Clean Fuel, the company behind the Hydro Diesel emulsion that will power this ambitious record attempt.
The competition launch comes after Excalibur passed a major construction milestone, with the hull and superstructure fabrication now complete. Remaining challenges include interior and technical fit-out, which has just begun, engine commissioning and additional wheelhouse welding.
First announced in 2014, the Team Britannia project is reluctant to fix a departure date, having already faced repeated delays, but Priddy explained that Excalibur will set off from Gibraltar in one of two annual weather windows during March and October.