A powerboat enthusiast is attempting a solo circumnavigation of the entire coastline of Britain in an Excel Vanguard 435 inflatable boat. 'Ally' Swarbrick will cover more than 1700 nautical miles in the 'Round Britain SIB Challenge 2018' in what is hoped will be a record breaking time of under 17 days.
Powered by a Suzuki outboard, the 4.35m craft set off from Hamble Point Marina in Southampton on Saturday 21 July and will take in refueling locations including Torbay, Milford Haven, Liverpool and Oban and eventually finishing again at Hamble Point on Tuesday 7 August.
Ally, 45, was inspired to take on the gruelling challenge after watching similar attempts on YouTube. The HGV driver and RIB fanatic from Motherwell in Scotland has completed several shorter voyages but nothing on this scale.