Around the world in less than 60 days in a 1000 horse power boat.
PUBLISHED: 00:00 12 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:13 12 May 2017
An award-winning travel journalist and photographer from Norwich will be taking to the oceans in a round the world record attempt in a specially designed 1,000 horse power boat.
Clive Tully, 64, from Norwich will be returning to the waves, joining the crew of Team Britannia, as they attempt to break the record for travelling around the world by seven days.
Team Britannia, led by British ocean racing’s Alan Priddy, will use a revolutionary-designed semi-wave slicing boat that will cut through the waves rather than surfing over them. The more efficient design reduces fuel consumption and will make the 23,000 nautical mile trip smoother and faster.
The boat will be crewed by a team of 12 which includes up to five injured, sick and wounded servicemen and women on each of the seven legs of the record attempt. They are being supported by veterans charity Blesma.
Mr Tully said; “It would be an understatement to say that I am relishing the opportunity of putting Team Britannia in the history books and returning this prestigious world record back to British shores.”
From 1999 to 2002 he was part of the crew onboard the Spirit of Cardiff which broke several records but never completed the trip around the world as an 2002 attempt a had to be cut short due to a medical emergency.
“The Spirit of Cardiff adventure may have broken 33 world records, but there remains unfinished business and along with our exceptional team, this is the best opportunity we have to make history.”
The world record attempt will start in October later this year with the Europa Point in Gibraltar as its timing mark.
The proposed route will then call at Puerto Rico, Manzanillo, Honolulu, Guam, Singapore, Oman and Malta to take on fuel.
The 20-tonne, 80ft-long boat is being built by the Aluminium Boatbuilding Company near Portsmouth, and will be fitted with the latest navigation and communications equipment. The boat will be powered by two six-cylinder, race-tuned engines, each producing 500 horse power.
The current world record stands at 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes, held by New Zealander Pete Bethune.