Earthrace, a 24m wavepiercing trimaran, is battling to make up lost time in its round the world record attempt.

Earthrace, a 24m wavepiercing trimaran, is battling to make up lost time in its round the world record attempt. The boat is now heading for Singapore after being held up by engine trouble in the island of Palau.

Despite being behind schedule, Earthrace has completed more than half of its equatorial circumnavigation. Whether it takes the outright record or not, the boat seems sure to win the title for the fastest circumnavigation using only renewable fuels.

Earthrace left Barbados on 10 March and, if all goes according to plan, will arrive back on 30 May, having completed a 24,250 nautical mile voyage via the Panama and Suez canals. Later this year, from July until November, it is scheduled to tour harbours in northern Europe to promote the benefits of biodiesel and highlight ongoing issues relating to the sustainability of fossil fuels.