Centa Transmissions, an equipment sponsor of British power boating legend Alan Priddy’s Team Britannia round the world record attempt, is pleased to announce that Priddy has secured the Royal British Legion as a new official sponsor.
Team Britannia’s £2.9 million round the world record bid hopes to shave up to seven days off the current record of 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes, which is presently held by New Zealander Pete Bethune.
The attempt is led by Alan Priddy, in a new ‘torpedo’ boat that will pierce the waves, rather than surfing them. Coupled to its super-efficient design, a variant of the “fast displacement hull”, this will reduce fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent and make the 24,000 mile trip significantly smoother.
Mr Priddy commented: "I am delighted that we are teaming up with the Royal British Legion as part of this historic record attempt. When my team and I first started to talk about the linking with a charity, so as part of our voyage we could raise money for a good cause, the Royal British Legion was the name most frequently mentioned.
“Many of my team have strong connections with the military, including Jan and Joe who have both served in our armed forces, so this link is acutely personal to us.”
The Team will also offer two spaces on each of the eight legs to injured and wounded servicemen and women, who will selected over the next three months before starting an intensive training programme to get them ready for the voyage.
The 80ft vessel, built out of marine grade aluminium, will be launched in late spring to allow it to complete its sea trials. It is to be built by ABC Marine of Hayling Island, following the official contract signing that took place at the London Boat Show in January 2015.
Mr Priddy continued: “Our goals are quite simple, to smash the current world record and showcase the very best of the British maritime industry: design, boat building, technology and developments in eco-fuels. Being able to announce that Royal British Legion will be our official charitable partner is an extension of these goals.
At a recent business event, it was revealed that HRH Prince Harry had written to Team Britannia wishing them the best of luck with their round the world attempt.
Centa Lightweight Driveshafts
Centa’s involvement is as the manufacturer of two lightweight driveshafts that will directly link the twin engines to the water jets, to a design configuration that eliminates the need for gearboxes.
Pictured at the official signing on 15th January 2015 are Centa representatives Tom Binns and Nigel Smith (4th/5th from left).
ABC Marine’s Paul Johnson is pictured front right, toasting success for Team Britannia with Alan Priddy (front left) with sponsors and guests.