Amazing round the world powerboat in capital now

Londoners can tour the Earthrace boat as it sits on the River Thames outside Chelsea Harbour Marina this week – and win a ride on board!

The boat arrived on Thursday from Germany and is already causing quite a stir among the locals.

The New Zealand-built wave-piercer, which was launched to make an attempt on the Round the World Powerboat Record, is in the capital as part of a European promotional tour.

The boat is fuelled by biodiesel and despite failing to get the record earlier this year, the crew are working to highlight the benefits of the fuel to the marine industry.

As well as talking to interested parties locally, they will be visiting schools in the area over the next week.

Skipper Pete Bethune, talking to MBY, said: “The UK is behind other European countries when it comes to biodiesel.”

Richard Price, Event Director of Biodiesel-Expo 2007, which is one of the sponsors of the boat, commented: “We are delighted to be involved with Earthrace’s mission to both break the world circumnavigation speed record and to educate the public about the importance of Biofuels. This is a truly remarkable boat.”

To win a ride on the Earthrace whilst it is in London visit website www.biodiesel-expo.co.uk and follow the Earthrace links. Ten people will win the chance to take a 90-minute ride along the Thames on the weekend of 15 September.

www.earthrace.net