Three years ago, the wave-piercing trimaran Earthrace broke the record for fastest circumnavigation by a powerboat, which had been set by Cable & Wireless Adventure.
A year ago, Earthrace - renamed Ady Gil - was involved in a collision as part of the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's fleet and wound up on the bottom in Antarctic waters. Now Cable & Wireless Adventure has followed a similar course and has signed on as the newest vessel in the Sea Shepherd fleet.
Click play to watch Sea Shepherd video of Gojira, the group's new "interceptor vessel."
In 1998, the 115-foot Cable & Wireless Adventure set an around-the-world speed record of 74 days, 23 hours at an average speed of 16.5 knots. Earthrace completed its circumnavigation in 60 days, 23 hours, 49 minutes.
Sea Shepherd acquired Cable & Wireless Adventure - reportedly valued at about $4 million - painted it black and in November christened it Gojira, the Japanese pronunciation of the science-fiction monster Godzilla. The record-breaking powerboat is harassing Japanese whaling fleets as an "interceptor vessel" in the Southern Ocean.
Sea Shepherd also had painted the former Earthrace black and was using it to harass Japanese whalers when its bow was sheared off in a collision with a whaling vessel on Jan. 6, 2010. The 78-footer sank, and Sea Shepherd said the Shonan Maru, which it accuses of illegal whaling activities, deliberately rammed it. The Japanese said Ady Gil was struck as it pursued its mission of attacking what the Japanese refer to as a "whale research vessel."
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