'Earthrace' draws admiring glances

The world record-breaking boat 'Earthrace' in Oamaru Harbour yesterday. Photo by Sally Rae.
The world record-breaking boat 'Earthrace' in Oamaru Harbour yesterday. Photo by Sally Rae.
"I want to drive it. Where's the throttle?"

That was 6-year-old Tasman Selfe's question when he sat wide-eyed in the skipper's seat of the world-record breaking boat Earthrace in Oamaru yesterday.

Docked alongside Holmes Wharf in Oamaru harbour, the boat attracted a steady stream of fascinated visitors while skipper Pete Bethune spoke at some schools.

Motor-body builder Errol Tempero described the boat as "marvellous" and said it looked like something from a Jules Verne novel.

In June last year, the vessel set a world record time for a powerboat to circle the globe, using 100% renewable biodiesel fuel and having a net zero carbon footprint.

The 24,000 nautical mile voyage and took 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes. It beat the previous record by more than two weeks.

Earthrace will be open to the public in Dunedin from today until Sunday, between 10am and 6pm, at the Cross Wharf upper marina.


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