In late April, a 78-foot wave-piercing trimaran running on biodiesel fuel set out on a trip around the world to break a speed record of 75 days. Earthrace sponsor Jason Pajonk, president of Taylor Made Products, Gloversville, N.Y., part of the Taylor Made Group Inc., will be cheering on-shore for the carbon-neutral eco boat. The sponsorship was a natural for a company that supplies marine aftermarket products from boat covers to electric winches. “The advancement of green technology is very important to us,” says Pajonk, “and we are pleased to participate in Earthrace’s involvement in seeking alternative fuel sources.”
Launching on a western route from Sagunto, Spain, the boat will travel 24,000 nautical miles at a maximum speed of 40 knots using only renewable fuel. It also sports low-emission engines and non-toxic, anti-foul hull design. Refueling spots along the way include Puerto Rico, the Panama Canal, Maui, Singapore and the Suez Canal.