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Earthrace arrives in Kochi

india Updated: Jun 14, 2008 22:27 IST

Earthrace, the Ecoboat, which is attempting to break the round-the-world speed record, arrived in Kochi for a re-fuelling.

The Earthrace, is a '78 feet wave piercing trimaran', a sailing boat like a catamaran but with three hulls, which runs exclusively on bio diesel and has net zero carbon footprints, thus making it one of the world's most environmentally friendly powerboats.

Pete Bethune, the captain, told reporters that the boat had covered about 19,300 nautical miles after it started off on its journey from Spain in April. The vessel arrived in Kochi from Singapore.

There are four crew members. While Paul alighted here, a new member David Howard joined the boat from Kochi. After nearly an hour, it left.

Bethune underwent liposuction to donate his own fat to be processed into biofuel. "The aim is to show to the world that the best technology can also be sustainable', he said.

Bethune auctioned off his home to fund the 1.5 million pound project.

Earthrace is attempting to break the world record set by Cable and Wireless in 1998.