20 Jan 2012
The year has started off busy for Shelley as she attended the 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show from the 6th – 15th January at ExCel.
Shelley spent most of the time at the show in the Clarks Knowledge zone on stage telling people about her career as a Female Powerboat Racer and what’s in store for her during the 2012 season.
Friday 6th January came a big announcement in Shelley’s 2012 plans as the Circumnavigation Team, of which she's a part, announced a title sponsor for the expedition. Amongst hundreds of close friends, family, fans and supporters alike global adventurer and captain of the project, Alan Priddy, and the team announced the appointment of Company85 as their title sponsor.
Company85, a technology consultancy specialising in cyber security, data storage and IT transformation, provides advisory and project services to private and public sector organisations. Global technology companies and international outsourcers rely on Company85’s expertise to help deliver innovative solutions for their end customers.
Now the Company85 Global Challenge team has the solid backing they require to support their attempt to powerboat around the world in under 50 days. The rules for that record attempt dictate the craft must pass through the Suez and Panama Canals and that the journey must start and finish in the same place. While that can be anywhere in the world, the team has chosen the British territory of Gibraltar as the start/finish.
The team's proposed route will be made up of five 4,800 mile legs, with fuel and provisioning stops supported by an F1-style pit crew to minimise time spent in harbour. Anticipated stops include Panama, Honolulu, Guam, Singapore and Suez.
Adrian Spink, CEO of Company85 said,
“The project is a positive, forward-looking association for Company85, and its bold and visionary spirit is a good fit with Company85’s ethos. In difficult and turbulent economic times, we believe it is important to demonstrate how agility, tenacity and creativity can create British winners and we look forward to working with the team to achieve that end.”
The revolutionary new boat under construction for the event has been given the new name of Accomplish More, which is exactly what the team are looking to do.
Built entirely to Lloyds specifications, the design is 90’ long, 16’ wide, has an estimated top speed of over 45 knots and a range of 5000 nautical miles. Her twin engine, jet-drive design breaks new boundaries, with the hull shape created from a frame to which aluminium plates have been shaped – minimising the build time, cutting down on welding and creating an incredibly strong and elegant design.
To find out more about the challenge visit www.company85globalchallenge.com