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Seahound V: London - Monte Carlo
Another World Record for the Crew

Seahound V & Crew in Monte Carlo

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This remarkable endurance race crew and well prepared Scorpion RIB who smashed the Round British Isles Record in July of last year (2005) have now rewritten the record books for the London to Monte Carlo world record. This July saw once again the intrepid crew assemble to knock a remarkable 2hrs off the previous fastest boat to complete this offshore passage

On Saturday 22 July at 22.22 hours the crew of Seahound V, a 30ft RIB, crossed the finish line at Monte Carlo to set a new overall London to Monte Carlo World Record at 61 hours 11 minutes.

Skipper Chris Strickland said, "We are the third boat ever to have attempted this record and we are ecstatic to hold the overall record. This route is notoriously challenging and is testing on both the boat and the crew. Logistically we have been planning our route and re-fuelling stops since September 2005 so lots of work has gone on behind the scenes.

Timing the weather is a crucial. We travelled through three weather regions and they all had to be favourable.There's only two months of the year when this attempt is possible and even then you are not guaranteed the perfect sea state. It's great to have taken on a massive challenge and come out on top."


Chris Strickland
(Boldre, New Forest)
Skipper and Owner Chris Strickland is a familiar face in the UK powerboat scene and has been involved with boats of all types for many years.

Chris has raced RIBS for the past 10 years, is the Chairman of BIBOA (British Inflatable Boat Owners Association) and is heavily involved in the safety work at RYA Powerboat National Championship events.

He was also part of the successful Round Britain Record Team in 2002 and last year cruised Seahound to the Island of St Kilda (Outer Hebrides) as part of a work up to this World Record attempt.

John Puddifoot
(Sway, Hants)
John is the Powerboat Racing Manager of the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) and has been involved in all types of offshore powerboat racing for the past 10 years. As well as being an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and Examiner John currently holds the world record for circumnavigating the Isle of Wight at 79mph, was RIB F2 National Champion in 2002 and 2004, took part in the first ever RIB race around Scotland in 1990 and holds a gold star for exceeding 100mph on Lake Windemere.

Jan Falkowski
is well known for his endurance RIB journeys and RIB racing. Crossing the Atlantic three times in a RIB, Jan holds the world record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic with his crewmate Alan Priddy. He was a member of the Hot Lemon crew when they took the records for ‘Around Britain’ in both the under 30ft Class and the 30ft to 50ft Class. Now racing in Europe with Powerboat P1 Jan is leading the Supersport class but also finds time for endurance challenges.

Gordon Compton (Southampton, Hants)
Gordon is a highly experienced member of the safety boat team present at many powerboat races and events in the UK. Gordon’s exploits are not limited to the seas and he is a keen climber, recently completing an expedition to climb Kala Pattar (the Black Rock) standing at 5623 metres. Gordon has considerable experience in long distance cruising, which includes taking his own boat to St Kilda in 2004, and brings with him engineering and mechanical skills.

Scorpion RIBS (Lymington)
Builders of quality high performance leisure RIBS. Scorpion RIBS have been the first choice of other record breakers and endurance expeditions to Alaska, Africa and the Arctic Circle.


July 2006