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English Channel Record Crossing Attempt 10pm NZT

English Channel Record Crossing Attempt Set For 10pm Tonight (NZ Time)

Auckland, 21 June 2005: An attempt by the New Zealand designed and manufactured Sealegs amphibious craft on the English Channel record crossing is to be made from Dover tonight (NZ Time).

Sealegs founder Maurice Bryham says the attempt on the record of 1hr 40mins 6 secs for an amphibious craft set last June by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, will be made at 11am today UK time (10pm tonight NZ time).

The route for the 5.6m rigid inflatable craft, fitted with three in-built wheels which are retracted and lowered when the boat enters and leaves the water, will start from the Dover slipway with Calais as the planned site to exit the water.

Mr Bryham is confident of making the crossing from England to France, a distance of about 21 nautical miles, in under 50 minutes—which will obliterate the record set by Branson.

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