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
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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