Announcement Date: January 1, 2016
The Triton Pedal Powered Boat World Record project started in October 2015 almost by accident. Julian Fletcher was asked to think about a team building event for a new combined engineering team at work and when he got home his daughter’s Guinness World Record book fell open at the page with the pedal powered sprint record. The team had to choose between three available world records: 100m sprint, 24-hour furthest distance and cross-channel. The cross-channel looked like a high risk of death and the 100m sprint not quite challenging enough so we went for the 24-hour record: 3 people, furthest distance travelled, no crew change allowed.
What started off as a few simple sketches, rapidly developed into a detailed design. The team quickly identified that previous attempts all had gearbox inefficiencies due to the design’s necessity to get the crew frontward facing. Keen to seize on this opportunity a boat concept aiming for optimum efficiency and low frontal drag a design based upon a 3 crew recumbent, sideways on to direction of travel, boat was established. Yet this design had to be tested and the science proved!