Earthrace team aims for March 29 RTW record start

Pete Bethune preparing for another crack at the World Record
The 78 foot wave piercing trimaran Earthrace is scheduled for a March 29th 2008 departure on her round the world record attempt speed record attempt.

Skipper Pete Bethune explained, 'We’ve been alerted to the impact that La Nina might have on our round the world record attempt.

Bob McDavitt, our MetService Weather Ambassador from New Zealand, has told us that we could risk affecting our progress through the Pacific Ocean if we continue with the original start date of the beginning of March. We also want to ensure that Earthrace is in her optimum state for speed and efficiency by carrying out extensive sea trials following the major refit that she has been undergoing in Spain.'

Pete continued, 'We are fully committed to beating the round the world speed record this time, and we do not intend to leave anything to chance. There have been five attempts, including our own first attempt last year, since the current record was set in 1998 and we will do everything we can to mark this tenth anniversary by beating it!'

The goal of Earthrace is to set a new world record for a powerboat to circumnavigate the globe, running 100% renewable biodiesel fuel, and with a net zero carbon footprint. Earthrace will start her attempt from Sagunto in Spain.

Earthrace offshore
Jim King