I too sympathise with those of meagre means who see millionaires use money to break records .
In my past I have established several records only to see them broken a year or so later by people with bigger budgets .
One of my proudest claims is that in the millions of years of the Shannon rivers existance . no human being had ever travelled its length by boat in a day before Team Custume Cats did it in under 5 hours 1992.
We ( three young Army Officers ) each chipped in 25 quid into a kitty to buy posh headed paper to use for writing to " Sponsors ".
The entire "Shannon Sprint" project using a " borrowed " boat was run on a budget of less than £400 .
The three of us had a dream , a sense of fun and adventure , Camraderie and most of all an ability to ignore the "knockers " or as we say in Ireland an ability to say " F*@# the Begrudgers ! " who will come up with 500000 reasons why not to " Give it a lash ! "
It is amateurs such as us who have the vision , courage and sense of adventure to establish records - to path find - to show it can be done in the first place . If others choose to use better technology with more funding to improve on the standard we have set , so be it !
The round Ireland record was established in the 80's by a young Irish adventurer named Enda O'Coineen who was also the first person to cross the Atlantic ( Solo ) by Rib ( The unsinkable Kilcullen ) in the 70's.
Enda's team borrowed a Windy Sports Cruiser and hammered ( and drank ..... In the Aran Islands --alledgedly ! ) their way around Ireland in 36 hours . It is now up to the likes of me to set up a better effort to beat the current record . Every year as our reputation grows , so does our budget and this is the way of the world .
We started with £75 in 1992 . In 2002 we have £100,000 , which is still not a lot of money as I found out while in Southampton last week !
I have huge admiration and sympathy for the Hot Lemon team who had a tremendous success . They were however probably a £ 100k project ! Sunseeker were probably a £250k project and so it will ever be ........
They will still rely on amateurs with a sense of fun and adventure to say F@*~ the begrudgers !! and to lead the way and show them how to do it in the first place !
Best wishes ,