The Earthrace team has announced they are moving the start of their round the world speed record attempt to 29th March.
Earthrace is an incredible 78ft wave-piercing trimaran that runs exclusively on biodiesel. The not for profit project is run as a carbon neutral enterprise, making it one of the worlds most environmentally-friendly powerboats.
The crew aim to secure the world speed record, to create greater awareness of the use of biofuel from sustainable sources as part of the solution to counter damage to the environment through fossil fuels, and to promote the need for everyone to lead sustainable lives.
Skipper Pete Bethune explains, "Weve been alerted to the impact that La Nina might have on our round the world record attempt. Bob McDavitt, our MetService Weather Ambassador from New Zealand, has told us that we could risk affecting our progress through the Pacific Ocean if we continue with the original start date of the beginning of March. We also want to ensure that Earthrace is in her optimum state for speed and efficiency by carrying out extensive sea trials following the major refit that she has been undergoing in Spain."
Pete continues, "We are fully committed to beating the round the world speed record this time, and we do not intend to leave anything to chance. There have been five attempts, including our own first attempt last year, since the current record was set in 1998 and we will do everything we can to mark this tenth anniversary by beating it!"www.earthrace.net