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‘Green’ blue water record attempt gets backing

On May 15, The Taylor Made Group announced its sponsorship of New Zealander Pete Bethune’s race around the world in his custom-made biofueled powerboat, Earthrace, according to a company press release.

“We’re delighted The Taylor Made Group is supporting Earthrace,” says Bethune. “This project wouldn’t have been able to happen without their support, and their contribution is vital to the overall goal of showing the world that the best technology can also be sustainable.”

The 78-foot triamaran started from Sagunto,Spain, April 27 to again attempt to break the 75-day record for circumnavigating the world following a failed attempt in 2007. After covering 3,300 miles in the first week, Bethune and crew lost the use of their autopilot hydraulic pump and had to patch up a leaking fuel tank. Worse yet, a shipment of biodiesel arrived late at their pit stop in San Juan,Puerto Rico. Earthrace is currently making its way through the Panama Canal, coping with delays caused by excessive traffic and maintenance work, according to

Taylor Made is headquartered in Gloversville,N.Y., and makes a variety of marine products. During the last 100 years, the company has employed more than 1,000 associates and its products are distributed worldwide. For information, go to

— Elizabeth Ellis