Earthrace announces second attempt at the round-the-world record

Pete Bethune, NZ skipper of Earthrace, has officially announced a second biodiesel powered attempt at breaking the round-the-world speed record set by British boat ‘Cable and Wireless Adventurer’ in 1998. The record stands at 75 days, a time Earthrace failed to better earlier this year due to mechanical and structural failures and a unhealthy dose of bad luck.


This second biodiesel powered attempt will begin from Valencia, Spain on 01 March 2008. The route is as follows:

  • Valencia
  • Azores
  • Puerto Rico
  • Panama Canal
  • Manzanillo, Mexico
  • San Diego, USA
  • Hawaii
  • Majuro, Marshall Islands
  • Koror, Palau
  • Singapore
  • Cochin, India
  • Salalah, Oman
  • Suez Canal
  • Valencia

The 165,000 litres of biodiesel required for the journey will be supplied by Earthrace’s new fuel sponsor, SGC Energia of Portugal.

You can find more information and follow Earthrace’s progress on their web site.

Source: Earthrace via The Australian


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