Olympic Champion in World Record
Attempt Around the Globe

Issued: Thursday 6th June 2013

Olympic Champion Amy Williams MBE will form part of a crew aiming to be the first RIB to circumnavigate the globe. The ‘Global Rib Challenge’ launched today, aims to break the record and to be the fastest motorized vessel to do so, during its 24,000 nautical mile trip around the world.

Powered by biofuel to promote sustainability, the boat will set off from Southampton and take in 8 refuelling locations around the world including India, Singapore, Hawaii and Mexico, before finishing in Gibraltar in what is hoped will be a record breaking time under 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes (the current record held by Earthrace).

Alongside the former Olympic Skeleton athlete, will be the Challenge Founder and Team Leader, 20 year old George Hunt, Team Engineer Phil Martin and renowned around the world solo sailor, Steve White. The crew will be supported by a team of young people who have set up and will run the challenge themselves and hope to inspire others who wish to pursue and lead similar adventures.

The crew will be raising sponsorship and building their craft throughout 2013 and 2014 before their challenge begins in April 2015.

Olympic Champion Amy Williams MBE cannot wait for the challenge to begin: “I jumped at the chance of being in the Challenge Crew as it is so far away from my comfort zone. The appeal of putting myself in such a mentally and physically demanding situation, on the ocean at the mercy to the environment, leaves me excited and scared in equal measure!”

Steve White, Vendée Globe sailor said: “The Global Rib Challenge will be a demanding journey, there’s no doubt about it. It will test us individually and we will have to come together as a team in some challenging waters. The fact that our mission has a wider sustainability purpose is rewarding too and I have every faith in ourselves and our back-up team that we will succeed!”

George Hunt explained his desire to set up the Global Rib Challenge: “Sailing and Powerboating have always been my passion and the ultimate goal has been to circumnavigate the world, to do it with such an amazing bunch of people is a dream come true. I want to prove that if you have the determination and passion you can achieve your goals, however far reached they might seem when you set out.“

For more information please look around this site and follow the crew on Twitter @RIBchallenge and Facebook: www.facebook.com/GlobalRibChallenge.

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Notes to Editors:

1. The Global Rib Challenge aims to be the first RIB to circumnavigate the globe under the rules of the international governing body, the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM). It also aims to set the Guinness World Record for the first RIB to circumnavigate the globe. In addition it will attempt to break the current record for the fastest circumnavigation by a motorized vessel, set by earthrace in 2008 with a time of 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes.

2. Amy Williams MBE (from Bath) is the current Olympic Champion winning the women’s skeleton gold medal at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and retired from the sport at the end of the 2011/12 season. Williams is the Vice-President of British Skeleton, the Official Team GB Ambassador for the Sochi 2014 Games and a presenter on the BBC’s Ski Sunday.

3. Steve White (originally from Derby and lives in Weymouth) is one of Great Britain’s leading offshore sailors having completed the toughest solo ocean race, the Vendée Globe in 2008 finishing 8th and previously having won the OSTAR single-handed Transaltlantic race in 2005.

4. George Hunt (from Cheltenham) is a qualified powerboat instructor and is currently undertaking a Business Studies degree at Plymouth University.

5. Phil Martin (originally from London and lives in Southampton) has over 13 years’ experience in the sailing industry, is a qualified powerboat instructor and is currently one of the Royal Yachting Association’s Marine Engineer.

6. A Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) is a lightweight but high performance boat which is designed with its inflatable collar to maintain buoyancy even if a large volume of water is shipped aboard due to poor sea conditions.