In 2002, Aucklander Pete Bethune launched a bid to break the world record for circumnavigating the globe by powerboat. The difference is Bethune aims to do so using a state-of-the-art biodiesel powered vessel: The Earthrace. Designed by Craig Loomes, the 20m race-boat runs on a new generation fuel made predominantly from canola oil. “A major reason for attempting this record is to place a global spotlight on biodiesel as a serious alternative to fossil fuels,” says Bethune. “Of course, we also want to win the record!” The voyage launches in early 2005.