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VIDEO: Earthrace Boat Destroyed By Sea Shepherds

Earthrace Boat, image from BoatDesign.net

Earthrace Boat, image from BoatDesign.net

Earthrace was an engineering feat.  The 78ft boat, which displaced 13 tons, set the world record for circumnavigating the globe in a powered vessel.  The boat did the trip in 60 days, 23 hours, and 49 minutes, beating the previous record by over 13 days.  The vessel had a 3,000 nautical mile range, and traveled at speeds up to 45kts.  Amazingly, it accomplished this running completely on an animal fat and vegetable oil bio-diesel fuel.  The key to the boat’s speed was its design.  The trimaran hull reduced drag and allows for faster speeds, while the three hulls themselves were designed to slice through waves rather than roll over them, greatly increasing efficiency.
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Another James W. Ellsworth

Portrait of James W. Ellsworth

Portrait of James W. Ellsworth

Last night I impatiently googled my name to see if this site would pop up.  It didn’t.  I’ll give google’s crawlers a few more days and try again.  I did, however, find information about another James W. Ellsworth, someone important enough to have a wealth of Internet content all about him.  I feel it is important to note that I am distantly (but trace-ably) related to this person, and also that the ‘W’ in this case stands for William and not the Wilson that gives me my middle initial. 
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