Biodiesel Powered Earthrace Set to Break World Record

by OldSailor on June 27, 2008

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The 74 foot (24 metre) powerboat Earthrace powered by biodiesel is set to complete her circumnavigation today and break the last world record.

Here are some interesting features of Earthrace:

  • Earthrace commenced her circumnavigation on April 27 at 1400 hours CET from Sagunto, Spain.
  • Earthrace is expected to complete her circumnavigation today, which means 61 days to circumnavigate.
  • Earthrace is now ready to break the last record for a powerboat to circumnavigate the globe in 74 days, 23 hours and 53 minutes set by UK boat ‘Cable & Wireless Adventurer’ in 1998.
  • ETA Vulkan Shipyard, Sagunto, Spain: afternoon, Friday, June 27 local time.

OldSailor congratulates Earthrace skipper, Pete Bethune and his is team for their adventure.

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Update: June 28

Earthrace, has set a new record for a powerboat to circumnavigate the globe, knocking almost 14 days off the previous record. Earthrace reached the finish line in Sagunto at 13.42 GMT on June 27. The powerboat has traveled around 24,000 nautical miles on biodiesel to demonstrate to the world the use of alternative fuel sources. Earthrace has completed circumnavigation in 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes. Read more from Powerboat-world.

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