Earthrace 800 miles ahead

Docks in San Diego for refuelling

Earthrace reached San Diego on Friday 16 May, 800 nautical miles ahead of the Round the World Powerboat Record.

The boat’s crew aim to beat the record set by British project Cable and Wireless Adventurer in 1998.

Skipper Pete Bethune, who claims the entire project is carbon neutral, says: “We aim to show the world that the best technology can also be sustainable.

“We are hoping that Earthrace stopping here along the race route will be a chance for the people of San Diego to see an example of a vehicle that is 100% carbon neutral but does not skimp on performance or design.”

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.

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The full record route is as follows: Sagunto (Spain) – Horta (Azores) – San Juan (Puerto Rico) – Colon (Panama Canal, Panama) – Manzanillo (Mexico) – San Diego (USA) – Maalaea Harbor, Maui (Hawaii) – Majuro (Marshall Islands) – Koror (Palau) – Singapore – Kochi/Cochin (India) – Salalah (Oman) – Port Said (Suez Canal, Egypt) – Sagunto (Spain).

Earthrace is run as a not-for-profit venture, with a boat, ground and London HQ crew made up of international volunteers.