Earthrace minimises delay - powers through Panama Canal


The Earthrace eco-boat has successfully avoided delay in its attempt to beat the round-the-world speed record and completed its transit through the Panama Canal.

Earthrace is a 24m tri-hull wavepiercer that is currently attempting to smash the world record for a powerboat to circumnavigate the globe.

The craft runs on renewable biodiesel fuel and has a net zero-carbon footprint.

The Panama Canal Authority ensured a swift journey through the canal for Earthrace, which completed its 12 hour transit at 2030hrs on Saturday (10 May). The boat then moored at Rodman’s Dock awaiting refuelling on Sunday morning, as local licensing restrictions forbid refuelling during the night.

Earthrace set off on the next leg of its journey to Mexico on Sunday afternoon, guided by a pilot boat. The crew expects to arrive in Manzanillo, Mexico on Wednesday (14 May).

“We’re all really grateful to the Panama Canal Authority for speeding up our route through the canal” - says skipper Pete Bethune. “This is high season in the canal and demand to get through can often result in a backlog of a number of weeks - so, to only lose a day is a massive boost for our world record attempt. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without the amazing local support we have received.

“The boat’s running fantastically and we’re now thundering up the coast of Costa Rica and looking forward to arriving in Manzanillo for a speedy refuelling on Wednesday.”

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