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100% Biofuel Powerboat Earthrace World Record Start Date

Apr 11, 2008

SAGUNTO, SPAIN -- Pete Bethune, the skipper of the 78 foot biodiesel powered trimaran Earthrace, has set the 2008 World Record attempt start for 27 April 2008 from the Vulkan Shipyard, Sagunto in Spain (Press day 26 April).

Earthrace will attempt to set a new world record for a powerboat to circle the globe, running 100% sustainable biodiesel fuel, and a net zero carbon footprint. The crew hopes to complete the voyage in under 65 days. The current record for a powerboat to circumnavigate the globe is currently 74 days, 23 hours and 53 minutes. This record was set in 1998 by UK boat 'Cable & Wireless Adventurer' in 1998.

The Earthrace team had delayed their start from end March because of La Nina weather pattents, and a second start date was put back to the current date because of EU Customs delays which had prevented the Portuguese supplied bio-fuel reaching all the refuelling locations around the world. The last of those shipments will reach the Marshall Islands in the Pacific by the end of April meaning it will be there in good time for the arrival of the boat.

Sea trials have continued again this week.  During a 12 hour sea trial in the Mediterranean this week, a problem was found with one of the steering pumps and this is now being overcome. A range of propellers are also being trialled as the first set has not delivered the anticipated speed.

Skipper Pete Bethune said: "This time it's really happening and we're all raring to go.  Our new team is working really well together and we have all the skills we need on board and on the ground crew to break the record.

"We owe so much to all our sponsors and the thousands of supporters of Earthrace around the world and we're determined to succeed for all of them.  Breaking the record will help to further increase awareness and debate about biofuels and other renewable energy solutions and that, in the end, has always been my goal."

Supporters can 'own their own nautical mile' via the website - certficate and more for multiple mile purchases.  One guest crew spot per leg also available around the route.

Find out where Earthrace is going on sea trials here:


* High resolution broadcast footage and photographs are available copyright free from our website.  Throughout the record attempt, new broll will be uploaded to the site after every refuelling stop

* Throughout the world record attempt, Earthrace will be sending audio updates every day for use by radio stations.  These will also be available via the website from approximately 7.00am GMT

* News updates will also be issued and placed on the website throughout the route

* Official press invitations to the press day and launch event will be emailed out shortly.  You must reply to these for security reasons, otherwise we cannot guarantee access to the start venue.

For further media information, please contact:

Head of Media and PR
Bev Bailey
T:  +44 (0) 208 870 4301 / +44 (0) 7711 482 572
E: bev@bbmac.co.uk

International PR for World Record
Chatsworth Communications
T:  +44 207 681 4070
E: news@earthrace.net

Keywords: boat, environment, biofuel, world record, non profit, carbon  Industry » Energy and Utilities

Contact Info
  • Earthrace
  • Bev Bailey
  • 00442088704301