You can win a place on Team Britannia’s superboat that will be used to break the round the world record. Team Britannia hopes to smash the current time held by the New Zealander Pete Bethune at 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes by up to 10 days.

The competition is being launched to help fund the final stages of the fit out and launch of the 80ft Excalibur.

The superboat has been designed in the UK and has been built near Portsmouth out of marine-grade aluminium. It encompasses an exceptionally efficient hull, which will cut fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent and allow the superboat to travel further without stopping to take on fuel.

Ocean racing legend and team principle Alan Priddy, said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for 12 lucky winners to join us on board Excalibur for a leg of the challenge as we break the round the world record and to support a Great British project.

“We have an amazing team who are working hard with our existing partners and sponsors, but the instability caused by Brexit has seen a number of companies we have been speaking to defer any decision. While they recognise our unique offering, environmental programme and our incredible crew, they have been clear that they are holding on to cash, should the worst happen. As a businessman, I have some sympathy with this.

“But we can’t continue to wait. The construction of the superboat is complete, the fitting out is underway and the crew and I are ready to go. So we are going to open this up. We will make 12 places on the superboat, available to members of the public who can answer a simple question and part with a little money (£25).”

Competition entrants will also receive 25 shares in Clean Fuel, the company behind Hydro Diesel, a  fuel emulsion, a mixture of diesel, water and emulsifying agent that when burnt cuts harmful emissions such as particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide.

Setting off from British Gibraltar, Team Britannia will plan to call at Puerto Rico, Manzanillo, Honolulu, Guam, Singapore, Oman and Malta to take on fuel. Additionally, they will pass through the Suez and Panama Canals.

Dr Priddy concluded: “The fitting out is underway, while a small amount of welding to the cabin remains outstanding. We have also started to fit the miles of cabling that will allow us to monitor every possible aspect of the record attempt, from the crew to the engines. The next big milestone will be commissioning of the superboat’s two FPT engines and jets that will power it on the 42,000-kilometer record attempt.

“So now is the time for people to get involved in this British record attempt and they can do this by clicking on and following the link to the competition.”

Closing date: 30th September 2019

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