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Construction of the World’s Greenest Powerboat starts

‘We Will Change World’s Perception of Renewable Fuels’ says Skipper

14 June 2005, Auckland, New Zealand: The world’s greenest powerboat is coming soon to a port near you.

The Earthrace is an attempt to set the world record for circumnavigating of the globe. The twist is the boat is to be fuelled with 100% biodiesel, a renewable fuel made from plant matter.

The Earthrace powerboat

3d-rendition of the Earthrace powerboat.

“Circumnavigating the globe’s 24,000 nautical miles represents the pinnacle of powerboat challenges” says project founder and Earthrace skipper Pete Bethune from Auckland, New Zealand. “Our aim is to change the world’s perception of renewable resources by breaking the record using biodiesel. Our boat is cutting edge in every way, from the fuel to the radical wave piercing design. We’re looking forward to launch day and proving to the world that renewable fuels are synonymous with power and performance.”

The Earthrace will be the highest profile and greenest powerboat in the world. It is a showcase of environmentally friendly technologies such as low emission engines, non-toxic antifoul, efficient hull design and solar powered electronics.

The Earthrace powerboat

Inside the hull of the Earthrace powerboat under construction.

Construction of the boat is well under way, and can be viewed on the boatyard webcam on The boat is being constructed using the latest in carbon/kevlar composites, and will be one of the lightest 80ft boats ever built.

The Earthrace will set out on an 18 month promotional tour of 60 cites promoting the race and raising awareness of sustainable fuels. Part way into the tour, the record attempt will be made, with a full-throttle dash around the equator in a radical wavepiercing superboat.

The current 75-day record is held by British boat Cable and Wireless in 1998, Earthrace aims to complete the race in less than 65 days. It is also the first time in history an official Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) Powerboat record will be attempted using renewable fuel.

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Key Contact: Pete Bethune, project founder, Skipper: email:, ph: +64 21 415 342.