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2012 London Boat Show



The Challenge
The Global Circumnavigation Challenge is a bid by British ocean adventurer Alan Priddy to design and build the fastest and most efficient wave-piercing powerboat to circumnavigate the globe for the much coveted world record. That record is currently stands at 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes and is held by the New Zealander, Pete Bethune. The Global Circumnavigation Challenge team aim to cover the 24,000 miles at sea in under 50 days.

An introduction from the project leader, Alan Priddy
I have been messing about in boats for a very long time. It is no exaggeration to say I am among the best in the world at what I do and, to date, I have amassed a total of 37 boating world records.

To the best of my knowledge, I am the only person who has separately motor boated and sailed around the world. From this unique experience I now know what type of craft we need to build to not only smash the existing powerboat circumnavigation world record but to set a benchmark that will be nearly impossible to beat. Many people have raced around the world, but you can count on the fingers of one hand the numbers that have successfully attempted to motor round in record time. I believe we now have the answers to design and build a craft that will allow us to attempt the fastest circumnavigation of the globe ever.

Over the past 12 months I have assembled a group that I feel is the “Winning Team” to take the coveted World Record. I have chosen the best:

  •  Crew who are dedicated, and are each experts in their own field
  •  Engines, gearboxes and drive systems, which will ensure ultra efficiency and reliability, while being more environmentally friendly than any comparable system
  •  Navigation equipment that will allow the crew to drive the craft in complete safety throughout the day and night
  •  A metal worker who is dedicated to building this very special craft to a standard that has never been seen before
  •  A media team that knows what it takes to be seen in all four corners of the world
  •  A Formula One style road crew who will be ready to fly around the world, making all the necessary arrangements at the four fuel stops

We are leaving nothing to chance, and are ready to go. We will be triumphant in getting this record, giving a welcome boost of “Feelgood Factor” not just to Britain, but to anyone who loves boats, who is excited by adventure, or who marvels at the spirit of human endeavour.

More information about the project can be found at

Jan 2012