AN attempt on the iconic Round Britain and Ireland powerboat record this summer, spearheaded by adventurer and reality TV star Ben Fogle, aims to complete the 2,000-mile voyage in under 60 hours.
If successful they will better the existing record by an impressive 20 per cent.
Simply completing the course is a formidable challenge. After rounding Land's End the team must negotiate open Atlantic Ocean waters off the west coast of Ireland and the Scottish islands, before rounding Muckle Flugga at the top of the Shetland Islands at a latitude of almost 61 degrees north.
Fogle has partnered with the Spectre Boats International factory race team, SUNUS Ocean Racing, for the record attempt. Other crew members include expedition skipper Tom Montgomery-Swan, his regular team mate Michal Galczewski, plus an engineer from UK Mercury distributor EP Barrus.
Their boat for the task is a standard 32ft Sceptre 32R powerboat in marathon specification and fitted with twin 400hp supercharged Mercury Verado outboard engines.
If conditions are right the vessel's top speed is 90-100mph, although it's anticipated that sea state will limit the boat's average speed to around 45 miles an hour.
The voyage will start and finish from Poole on the UK's south coast. The project aims to raise awareness of stillbirth, a tragedy that has affected both Fogle and Montgomery-Swan's families. “Many suffer in silence and the team want to break the mould and in a small way offer support to affected families,” the team said in statement.