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Old 10 January 2011, 07:06   #1
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Around The World Race

Not against other boats (this time!) but against the toughest competitor known to man, TIME!!!! We have to beat 61 days 23 hours and have been working hard over the last couple of years to bring this together and we are nearly there. We are starting to build the all new 80 foot wave piercing RIB very soon and it is expected to have its first and only Sea Trial in August where we will test her to Canada and New York before giving her a bit of a blast back across the Atlantic and beat our own World Record that we set in 2001.

The circumnavigation is planned for November / December 2011 and with a designed average speed of 27.7 knots and only four fuel stops a sub 40 day challenge is possible and this is what we are aiming at. (22500 miles. 1 day for each canal. 4 x 8 hour fuel stops says it can be done)

Our website www.circumnavigationrecord.com is being updated this week with fuller details of the crews and signed up sponsors and our Facebook page is fully active. Have a look at circumnavigationrecord to see whos on the team.

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Old 10 January 2011, 07:12   #2
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Old 10 January 2011, 07:27   #3
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The circumnavigation is planned for November / December 2011

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Taken from the website.....
"Comprehensive studies of the weather over many years and Alanís experience of circumnavigating the globe in both directions both indicate that the best time of year to attempt this world record is early March, with a leeway of 20 days".

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Old 10 January 2011, 10:38   #4
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We are having the boat built in the Midlands by a metal worker rather than a boat builder. Boat builders have a habit of doing as they think right rather than what the owner wants and we need a huge input to make sure its right, or as close to right the first time. I admit that my intial choice was early March (or at the end of the Southern Hemisphire summer) November is the start of their summer so either is ok with our plans. Its not an easy job planning a trip that has to take in both a summer and a winter especialy this year as everything has gone to crap in Oz and Asia. Alan P
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Old 10 January 2011, 11:14   #5
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Very best of luck to you and your team.

I'll be keeping an eye on the website to keep up to speed.

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Old 11 January 2011, 03:25   #7
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Sounds fantastic. Will there be any video footage of the build itself, preparations and/or the journey broadcast or posted anywhere?

Would love to see it. Surely Sky Disco or the Beeb would be interested.
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Most of the TV deals are already done and we have been filming for over a year and kept everything in the "Can" for the right time. There will be a full build thread on here and Facebook so keep coming back for updates.
I will let you know when the new updated website goes live, I have been told that it may be later today.
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Old 11 January 2011, 10:28   #10
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good luck with this one Alan, where's it going to be based this time?, do you still see my old mate Steve and how's his ticker?, biff
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Hi Biff. Steve is fine and is on the edge for the 8th Crew Member. His Ticker is fine, its his missus (my Sister) thats the problem!! At the moment it is going to be based in Portsmouth but we are negotiating a sponsorship deal which may mean a move overseas.

Was with Jan at the weekend and was talking about how much beer we would have to drink to build the boat. I think by the end of the session we had enough to build two!!!

The alternative was to build it out of recycled "Zimmer Frames" which we are rapidly approaching as a "Mode of Transport"
Take care and see you soon.
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BLIMEY!...Sounds like THIS realy IS ''...The BIG one'' Alan!! Great to see you have'nt lost your 'Mojo'. And I'd like to wish you and your crew The Best of British!! and will be following your progress with interest.One in the eye for the X-Box generation too.Power to ya
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Hi Biff. Steve is fine and is on the edge for the 8th Crew Member. His Ticker is fine, its his missus (my Sister) thats the problem!! At the moment it is going to be based in Portsmouth but we are negotiating a sponsorship deal which may mean a move overseas.

Was with Jan at the weekend and was talking about how much beer we would have to drink to build the boat. I think by the end of the session we had enough to build two!!!

The alternative was to build it out of recycled "Zimmer Frames" which we are rapidly approaching as a "Mode of Transport"
Take care and see you soon.
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that's great mate, the best of luck and i hope that all the sponsor's keep to there word, if you know what i mean
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Popping in on us again on way to Canada/New York ?

Wish you all the best

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Might do at some point, you never know. Alan P
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We are having the boat built in the Midlands by a metal worker
Not 'the chimney factory'?
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Not 'the chimney factory'?
Jono's?
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I think that an 80ft RIB made from 2" thick steel plate and lined with cement might be slightly above the optimum weight.

The boat will be built by Micklewrights. Andy Micklewright will be known to some people here, and although not a boat builder he has built a couple of boats in the past.
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Jono's been very quiet (non-existent) on here of late. I wondered whether he was busy on some project.

Obviously not.

What's his excuse then?
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