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Team Yachtwork tell the tale of being ground crew for Earthrace

In March 2007 the New Zealand based Earthrace set off to break the round the world speedboat record. 85 days later the Earthrace attempt was abandoned in Spain with multiple 2-meter cracks in her main hull.

In her wake were three major storms, an engine rebuild, 6 propeller changes, bankruptcy, and ultimately death on the high seas.

Earthrace - First Time Around is a chronicle by master storyteller Scott Fratcher. A humorous tale of pain, suffering, loss, misery, fortitude and the ability of the crew to gruel along, leg after horrendous leg.

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Scott’s colorful writing style takes you to the scene of the action. Thousands read along during the race and laughed at “Did he say cow?” and were enraged by “Just another tourist”.

Come join the Earthrace team for a first hand account of the world record attempt. Put yourself in the drivers seat. Enjoy an up close view of the pit stops and experience first hand the race from the comfort of your easy chair.

Over 350 photos by Lance Wordsworth.

Background to Earthrace

Earthrace is a bid to break the world record for circumnavigating the globe in a powerboat, using only renewable fuels.

Circumnavigating the globe represents the pinnacle of powerboat challenges, and at 24,000 nautical miles, is also the world's longest race. The current record of 75 days was set by British boat Cable & Wireless in 1998.

Earthrace aims to smash this record by completing the voyage in less than 65 days, and will mark the first time in history that an official UIM Powerboat record will be attempted using renewable bio-fuel.

Earthrace will be the highest-profile powerboat in the world, as well as one of the greenest. It is a showcase of environmentally friendly technologies such as low-emissions engines, non-toxic anti-foul and efficient hull design. It is also one of the coolest looking boats ever imagined.

24,000 nautical miles - 65 days - 5 crew - 1 record ... no fossil fuels.


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