Wind Beats Fire

I had a great couple of days staying out in the coutry with Nefarious. I slept in a tent trailer out with the sheep and turkeys close by, and you really forget in the city how nice it is to breath fresh crisp air while you sleep, and what a blessing it is to see the stars. When we got back I finally plugged our Wii back in and Nefarious laughed her head off as she trounced me in a couple games of bowling before bed.

I read on Digg when I got back that “Earthrace“, a high end wave-piercing motorboat (the one on the left above) had managed to break the world record for a circumnavigation in a powerboat, and to do it in an “eco-friendly” way because it’s powered by biodiesel… It did its circumnavigation in just under 61 days. I thought it was important to point out the sailing record, by a catamaran called “Orange II” (right) is only 50 days. I don’t know about you, but I consider no-electricity wind power much more eco-friendly — to say nothing of more beautiful — than an internal combustion engine!

Well, at least Earthrace looks faster.


  1. /me is jealous! I would love to visit their farm!

    Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 5:40 pm | Permalink
  2. Allahkat wrote:

    I like how the motorboat is all EXTREME looking with TRIBAL TAT designs.

    Friday, August 29, 2008 at 4:44 am | Permalink
  3. Just Me wrote:

    Earthrace is a NZ boat,designed and built.The “TRIBAL TAT designs” are maori based.

    Friday, August 29, 2008 at 12:52 pm | Permalink
  4. Allahkat wrote:

    I was being sarcastic just saying that they wanted the fast boat to look cool.
    But now that I know it was designed in NZ my joke isn’t funny. I withdraw unfunny TRIBAL TATZ comment.

    Friday, August 29, 2008 at 7:10 pm | Permalink
  5. Pademelon wrote:

    I love coming across examples of the “primitive” or “old” way of doing things continuing to be more efficient. All this technology is fantastic and it’s great that at least some of it is heading eco-friendly…BUT sometimes you just can’t improve that much on something BASIC, like harnessing wind with a lot of cloth.

    Friday, August 29, 2008 at 9:03 pm | Permalink
  6. dresden wrote:

    that’s pretty evil looking… like, it’s a sea monster head.

    Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 3:04 pm | Permalink
  7. Eric wrote:

    haha, yup. i love that the sail circumnav record beats the power record!

    Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 1:44 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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