Follow-Up: In race to reach Barbados by month-end, Earthrace becomes entangled with old fishing net
Here’s the latest info on the wavepiercing trimaran called Earthrace as it zooms back to Barbados –
At approximately 4:00 pm April 12th, Earthrace became snared with some old ropes and fishing net as she made her way Westwards towards Hawaii.
According to to the trimaran’s skipper, Pete Bethune, there was a sudden series of vibrations, and on stopping, a trail of ropes could be seen dangling behind the stern of Earthrace. The crew dived underneath the hull to cut away sections of rope that were wrapped in a tight ball around the 3-inch shaft and propeller. Bethune says the debris looks like an accumulation of lots of old bits of fishing gear, and judging by the amount of algal growth, it has probably been floating around for years.
A total of around 15 minutes time was lost in removing the debris from the starboard propeller, and Earthrace is now safely on her way back towards Hawaii. The wavepiercing vessel reached Maalaea on the Island of Maui by Friday afternoon.
The Earthrace was topped up with B100 biodiesel, as well as receiving regular extensive maintenance. Engineer Scott Fratcher says after they fixed a vibration that’s slowing the boat, the trimaran’s next heading for Majuro, in the Marshall Islands, on the next leg of her round the world speed record attempt which concludes in Barbados.