To allow injured ex and serving military personnel to crew on a leg in a powerboat world circumnavigation record attempt.
About the project
This project is all about raising money to select, train and ensure complete success for initially seven (with 14 as a stretch target) injured ex and serving military personnel to crew on one leg of Team Britannia’s attempt to smash the world record for the fastest ever circumnavigation of the globe in a powerboat and bring it back home to Britain where it belongs.
This will be achieved by working alongside charities such as The Royal British Legion, Blesma and Help for Heroes. These organisations will help us initially select the individuals who have the most to gain and the most to offer from being part of our fantastic project, and then work with us in training them to ensure they are fully engaged in participating as a crew member for their chosen leg on the boat.
The cost for the selection, training, equipping and getting each crew member fully prepared for their journey with us, to their start point and of course home again is £5000. Ideally we would like to have two of these fantastic people that have given so much for their country onboard with us, but have set the initial funding figure for one person for the seven legs the boat will make on its journey around the world, which we will ideally extend to two if funding allows.
To quote HRH Prince Harry, who has also given his support to Team Britannia:
“So many of our Servicemen and women have made the ultimate sacrifice; so many lives have been lost and so many changed forever by the wounds that they have suffered in the course of their duties. For these selfless people, it is after the guns have fallen silent, the din of battle quietened, that the real fight begins – a fight that may last for the rest of their lives.”
Team Britannia is very excited to be able to provide an opportunity to give something back to a few of these heroic individuals, and also to provide the opportunity to promote their charity’s profiles and support their fund raising activities. As the servicemen (or women) are selected, we will use the blog function of this site whilst the project is live on ‘Crowdfunder’ to introduce and promote the individuals, and of course put frequent updates on our main website and Facebook page.
So please, take a look at our pledges, choose your level of support and help us to help those that have given so much. You can either just pledge a donation to support us, or choose an option from our FaceBoat selection. Team Britannia want to share this voyage with as many people as possible to create a community that can experience what we experience as we travel around the world chasing the record. To this end we are going to cover the 6m x 3m roof of the boat’s wheelhouse with photos of the individuals and companies who would like to join us in this adventure. We will then take you, albeit in a virtual sense, on the voyage with us. This is particularly ideal if you suffer from sea sickness! As soon as you sign up, you will be added to our virtual wheelhouse roof and our Facebook Faceboat album as well.
The details for each pledge are:
All pledges, will also receive a certificate of appreciation to show your support to your friends and colleagues.
Once you have made you pledge then take or find a photo of yourself, minimum size 1MB and 300dpi so it prints well on the boat, send your photo to [email protected] and please include your full name so we can match your pledge to your photo.
A little bit about the circumnavigation itself.
What is the circumnavigation record?
An attempt to complete the fastest ever circumnavigation of the world in a powerboat. The much coveted UIM World Record is currently held by New Zealand, with a time of 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes. Team Britannia will be aboard a fully British designed, manufactured and campaigned SuperBoat – the fastest and most fuel-efficient powerboat ever to attempt such an epic voyage.
Who are Team Britannia?
Portsmouth-based Alan Priddy is the world’s leader in offshore expeditions, and is the current holder of 37 World Records. Alan is working with a carefully chosen team of highly driven like-minded professionals, some of whom are also crew for the voyage to bring this record back to Britain.
How fast will they go?
It’s not a question of how fast they will go, although the boat’s top speed is around 50 mph. The voyage will be run on averages. The current World Record was set at an average speed of 16.8 knots (19 mph) so the teams are evenly matched.
How long is the race?
Team Britannia’s route is approximately 23,850 nautical miles.
How will they refuel?
The World Record Authorities stipulate that the boat has to fuel in recognised harbours. This is also when the crew changes will take place.
Note: Sponsorship is being sourced elsewhere to build the boat.