Honorary doctorate for Alan Priddy

Alan Priddy, Team Britannia skipper, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Portsmouth. Alan Priddy, Team Britannia skipper, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Portsmouth.

Alan Priddy, Team Britannia skipper, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Portsmouth.

The Doctor of Science was presented to Mr Priddy at a graduation ceremony in Portsmouth’s Guildhall, overseen by TV’s Sandi Toksvig – university chancellor.

Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Mike Tipton praised Mr Priddy as a local boy who has ‘done good’ and that just reeling off his achievements was ‘far from the whole story’.

“I am deeply, deeply honoured and touched by this award,” said Mr Priddy. “The university is an important part of our city and preparing young people for the future - so when I first got the letter telling me that I had been proposed to become a doctor, I thought it was a mistake. After all the only test I have ever passed was my driving test.”

Mr Priddy’s latest adventure is Team Britannia, a multi-million-pound British bid to design and build the fastest and most fuel efficient semi-wave slicing powerboat to circumnavigate the globe.

The 80ft RIB, designed by naval architect Professor Bob Cripps, is designed to slice through the waves, rather than surfing them.

The team hope the fast displacement hull will reduce fuel consumption by up to 30% and make the 23,000 nautical mile trip smoother and faster.

“Alan is a man who has known disappointment, but persists in the face of it, a good lesson for life; there is a difference between endurance and the ability to endure,” added Professor Tipton.

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