Fork out ££££ - and become a world record breaker
Legs on Earthrace are up for grabs again, as the boat prepares for its second attempt on the Round the World Powerboat Record.
But start saving now – even the shorter legs will cost around £10,000! And guest crew will have to work hard too.
Biodiesel-fuelled wave-piercer Earthrace will depart from Valencia in March next year in a bid to break the current record of 68 days, set by British boat Cable & Wireless Adventurer in 1998.
Earthrace’s first attempt was called off in Spain earlier this year after a catalogue of disasters including a fatal collision. Heavy Med storms which caused cracks in the hull forced the final stoppage.
With the craft now repaired and in the midst of a promotional tour which is currently taking in France, the project’s New Zealand skipper Pete Bethune says: “We are looking to add one extra person to the four man crew for each leg of the race. I’d be delighted to hear from anyone who wants to be part of our amazing experience. It will be hard work, people will need to be fit and healthy, and sleeping on board isn’t exactly five star accommodation, but it will be a trip they will never forget!”
Prices start from $20,000/£10,000 for one of the shorter legs, he says, not including transfers to and from ports.
Some legs will be auctioned to raise additional funds for Earthrace, which operates as a not-for-profit scheme, promoting renewable energy.
All guest crew will be invited to the victory party in Valencia.
Provisional record route:
Valencia – Tenerife 3 days
Tenerife – Puerto Rico 8 days
Puerto Rico – Panama Canal 3 days
Panama Canal – Acapulco 4 days
Acapulco – San Diego 4 days
San Diego – Hawaii 6 days
Hawaii – Marshall Islands 5 days
Marshall Islands – Palau 5 days
Palau – Singapore 5 days
Singapore – Cochin 4 days
Cochin – Salalah 4 days
Salalah – Suez Canal 4 days
Suez Canal – Valencia 4 days
For more information visit www.earthrace.net