Earthrace days away from Round the World Record

Just the Med to go in green circumnavigation

Earthrace is almost certain to break the Round the World Powerboat Record.

The biodiesel-fuelled trimaran has entered the Mediterranean on the final leg of her circumnavigation to Sagunto, near Valencia.

She is 2,800 nautical miles and around 13 days ahead of the record set by British boat Cable & Wireless Adventurer in 1998.

The international crew, led by New Zealander Pete Bethune, were slowed by monsoon headwinds in the Indian Ocean and feared that slow progress through the Suez Canal would put the record out of reach.

But the Suez Canal Authority ensured the craft had a swift passage, virtually guaranteeing her the prestigious record.

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Earthrace, which claims to be a carbon-neutral project, should finish on Saturday at around 10am.