> Powerboat-World.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Newsletters FishingBoating Features Photo Gallery Sail-World Australia Australian Cruising
MarineBusiness-World

 

Sail-World.com : Earthrace maintains lead over record

Earthrace maintains lead over record

'Earthrace'    Earthrace Media

The ground teams have packed up their laptop computers, and are headed to the airport to meet Earthrace in Hawaii. Meanwhile Earthrace continues to lumber across the Pacific Ocean at 18 knots. I always liked driving Earthrace at 18 knots. The fuel efficiency curve is good and the boat feels like she could run that speed forever.

For skipper Pete Bethune 18 knots is just over the 16 knots Cable and Wireless drove through the water. This means though that while Earthrace is slowly building miles on the Cable and Wireless record, she is basically just maintaining her lead.

The following two race stops also have long ocean runs between ports. For Earthrace this means crossing 8000 miles of ocean at the respectable rate of 18 knots. This must seem slow after racing up the Mexican coast at over 22 knots.

The crew reports a recurring problem of the fuel tank top access ports leaking allowing bilge water to enter the fuel system. On Earthrace the 13,000 liter fuel tanks are built into the hull. The top of the fuel tank becomes the bilge.

When Earthrace pushed into a head sea a slight vacuum is formed inside the cabin that sucks seawater spray into the back door that slowly fills the bilge. This sloshing water sometimes finds it's way into the fuel tanks and can cause breakdowns in our new Cummins engines.

For this reason we lock down the back door like a submarine soon as the weather begins to build. Locking down the aft door makes Earthrace feel like a small-enclosed submarine with no air circulation. The temperature and humidity inside the cabin can become unbearable at times.

'Earthrace is not a boat for claustrophobics' I heard many times during the last race.

This time the water entering the fuel was not from sea spray as Earthrace has very gentle conditions and the hatches can be left open. No, the water came from forgetting to empty the sink drain bucket. Earthrace is very basic inside and the one small sink is fed by a jerry can and drains into a bucket on the floor. That floor bucket overflowed and the slop found it's way into the fuel. Luckily Skipper Pete Bethune saw the water level in the filters rising and found the source of the leak.




by Scott Fratcher/Allison Thompson

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.powerboat-world.com/index.cfm?nid=44518

4:48 AM Mon 19 May 2008 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

27 May 2009  Earthrace may take on Japanese whalers
19 Apr 2009  Will Earthrace become a Whale-saver?
13 Jan 2009  Earthrace, world's fastest and coolest boat coming to NSW south coast
31 Dec 2008  Earthrace – the incredible voyage nears its end
29 Dec 2008  'Earthrace’ – around the world in 60 days
11 Dec 2008  Earthrace is coming to 1770 on Sat 13, Sun 14 Dec
18 Nov 2008  Earthrace announces Australian Tour Dates
26 Sep 2008  Day 1 of Nations Cup Qualifier - AUS and NZL
31 Aug 2008  Earthrace sunk by red tape at Torquay
31 Aug 2008  Earthrace sunk by red tape at Torquay
MORE STORIES ...

Power Boat News







Yamaha inspires students to succeed by Yamaha Motor Australia,








Swan celebrates sales success *Feature by Jeni Bone,




Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science by Mahlon C. Kennicutt II and colleagues,


Stealth i14 out of China by Neil Patchett,














































Refurbished Protector project 'better than buying new'
Gold Coast International Marine Expo - High-Diver Steve Black is back
4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing and Boating Expo - Campfire cooking corner
See the heat with FLIR ONE *Feature
John Temple to retire, Will Sangster appointed General Manager
Multihull Central launches Aquila range at SIBS *Feature
If all else fails read the instructions!!
If all else fails read the instructions!!
Sun shines on recreational boating at Sydney International Boat Show
Phuket Yacht Show: new kid on the block taking on PIMEX? *Feature
2014 Offshore Superboat Championships - The boats are back!
Sydney International Boat Show - Days 3 & 4 *Feature
Kirby Marine launch 13metre Naiad Tender
Shellfish reefs in Port Phillip Bay to be rejuvenated
2014 Brisbane Boat Show - What's your trailer boat worth?
Custom exhaust system solves buoyancy problem
Sydney International Boat Show - Day 2 *Feature
Marine Rescue volunteers celebrate new unit and $120,000 vessel
Sydney International Boat Show - images from Day 1 *Feature
Pantaenius Insurance - being seen in yellow, green and orange *Feature
Sydney International Boat Show begins!   
Sydney International Boat Show - Changed conditions on Sydney Harbour   
Fraser Island annual fishing closure starts August 1   
Mildura boaters reminded Murray River will be low until mid August   
Gold Coast Broadwater no closer to welcoming supermaxis *Feature   
Sydney International Boat Show - all systems go!   
UK superyacht industry on the rise   
EOMAP modelling shows what's under our water   
Great Barrier Reef in a bad state, and getting worse   
Gold Coast International Marine Expo - Organisers add extra sites   
Series Point’s Championship - Formula Two team secures a second place   
Marine Rescue volunteers called to rescue second vessel out of fuel   
Predictwind helps you pick the best time to depart   
Marine Rescue volunteers rescue seven in marathon operation   
Watch this whale lift a Kayak clear out of the water   
Clipper Motor Yachts expands with Boat Equity   
Check out the Fountaine Pajot Saba 50 at Autumn boat shows   
Brisbane's biggest outdoors expo to celebrate ten years   
Vietnam Marina Development: ONE°15 Vung Ro Bay Marina Resort   
Sydney Harbour welcomes premium boat storage   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png   http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW PBW
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT