Spirit of Portsmouth renamed! After many false
starts with the city of Portsmouth, Alan Priddy and crew have chosen
Cardiff as the host city for their record- breaking attempt to circumnavigate
the world around the northern hemisphere latitude of the 'Tropic of
The project's 10m power boat has been rededicated and named Spirit of
Cardiff. Project Spirit is the brainchild of Alan Priddy who is confident
that the boat, which he designed and built, will defeat the existing
75 day record set in 1998 by the 'Cable & Wireless Adventurer'.
The decision to make Cardiff the host city and nerve centre for the
world record attempt came following the first meeting of the council's
new Cardiff Harbour Committee. Marion Drake, Deputy Lord Mayor of Cardiff
County Council said:
"This is great news and an honour for the
city. It is a wonderful opportunity to put Cardiff on the international
stage yet again and we will do everything we can to ensure that this
major world record breaking attempt is a success."
Easter Sunday 2002 will see the start and with 24,500 sea miles some
50 days later the finish at Cardiff Harbour. The 28 leg journey will
be punctuated by one-hour stops to take on fresh fuel, food and supplies.
Pit stop crews will leap-frog around the world, ahead of the boat, sourcing
everything that's needed for its voyage.
Alan needs help and support and to keep abreast of the project's development
prior to, and during the team's attempt, you can visit the project's
website and become a subscriber to the project.