The fastest eco boat on the planet will attempt to break the round the world speed record using fuel made from human fat.Pete Bethune, the New Zealand skipper of Earthrace, said the attempt to circumnavigate the globe would begin from Valencia in Spain on March 1 next year.Bethune and his wife mortgaged their house and sold everything they own to help make the project happen, while continuing to seek support from sponsors. Demonstrating further commitment to the cause, Bethune underwent liposuction and donated enough to produce 100ml of biofuel, while two other, larger volunteers also had the procedure, making a total of 10 litres of human fat.This in turn produced seven litres of biofuel, which could help the boat travel about 15km.
From there the boat will cross the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans as it thunders along the planet's circumference at a maximum speed of 40 knots.
When it attempts to break the Round the World Speed Record, the goal is to do 20-25 knots (23-29mph) almost continually for 65 days.
The not-for-profit project aims to promote awareness of the environment and the sustainable use of resources. Earthrace, which cost about £1.5 million to build, can carry 3,000 gallons of fuel, and weighs 23 tonnes when fully fuelled.
The boat is designed to cut through waves rather than sail over which enables the boat to go faster through big seas compared to conventional craft.
Earthrace is fuelled on 100 per cent biodiesel and has a net zero carbon footprint.
The announcement was made at the QE2 pier in Greenwich where Earthrace is being hosted by Greenwich Council until January 1.