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Design a new Boat for Conservation and Environmental missions around the Globe, assisting GOVT Agencies and NGOs in protecting wildlife
Design a new Boat for Conservation and Environmental missions around the Globe, assisting GOVT Agencies and NGOs in protecting wildlife
690 backers pledged $83,237 to help bring this project to life.

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What We Do

Since Since 2011, Earthrace has been battling wildlife crime. We work with government agencies and NGOs, and the missions are covered in our TV series "The Operatives."

We've closed down multiple shark finning, illegal fishing, and illegal gold mining operations. We exposed the brutal seal clubbing in Namibia and several illegal logging operations in Indonesia. We tackled the wildlife trade that’s devastating Asia’s endangered animals. We even rescued a dolphin that was being illegally held in a tiny little swimming pool. 

Our New Ship

We could do so much more if we had our own ship. So last year we started designing an awesome new vessel – Earthrace 2 - to become our base of operations. Testing is done and with your help, we will complete the design process. 

Our first Vessel - Earthrace
Our first Vessel - Earthrace

Earthrace 2 is based on our original Earthrace, which ran on renewable fuel and still holds the record for circling the globe.  We launched this vessel in 2006 and despite being small, and with a crew of just 6, she played a key role in campaigning against Japanese Whaling in Antarctica, as well as in promoting renewable fuels. 

The new boat will be a larger tri-hull wavepiercer that can handle almost any seas. Earthrace 2 will hold a crew of 26, which will often include local enforcement team members to ensure that criminals we catch are successfully prosecuted.  

Specifications as follows:

  • Designers:  LOMOcean Design
  • Max Guest Capacity in port: 200
  • Campaign Crew Capacity:  26
  • Overnight Guest Capacity: 12
  • On-board Theatre Capacity: 30 people
  • Staterooms: 5
  • Design: Wavepiercing Trimaran
  • Construction: Sandwich composite 
  • Length: 59.3m (195ft) 
  • Beam: 12m (39ft) 
  • Range: 10,000nm at 12 knots 
  • Max Speed:  20-25 Knots
  • 1st Tender:  7.7 m (29ft) Sealegs Amphibious Vessel
  • 2nd tender: Zodiac Milpro 470
  • Aux Power:  Skysail Kite System
CAD Diagrams
CAD Diagrams

 

Earthrace-2 Missions

Earthrace-2 will be used in a variety of roles that continues our work in saving animals and habitats.  These include:

  • Maritime Conservation Missions 
  • Fisheries Enforcement
  • Scientific Research
  • Anti Poaching
  • Anti Wildlife Smuggling
  • Protection of Endangered Species

Our fisheries enforcement will increase into areas such as Africa where poachers today wreak havoc. We will run additional Anti-poaching missions in coastal and inland areas, especially where the vessel can serve as an Operational Base. In some regions we'll also offer services to science and conservation Agencies with projects to remote Islands. Through all this will be a spinoff TV show from "The Operatives", opening people's eyes to what is really happening around our precious planet. 

The final role for Earthrace-2 will be in the Outreach Tour. This is similar to the Original Earthrace tour that saw over 250,000 people come aboard our vessel. For four months each year, we will call into coastal cities through North America, Europe and elsewhere, and be open to School groups, public, media and other NGOs. This is also the time when many of our backers can join us in port and collect their rewards.

Rewards

The best rewards involve joining us on board Earthrace-2.  For $10 come and have a coffee with us on the back deck while we're on the Outreach tour.  Host an event on-board for up to 200 guests in port, or take 12 friends offshore for an exclusive overnight luxury experience.

For those looking for more adventure, join us in one of many dive trips to the world's most remote locations. Or join us on a campaign and help us with catching poachers across the Pacific, with Scientific research in the Sub-Antarctic, or with filming nature up the Amazon. There are many ways for you to get involved, and some are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.  

Our Team 

The Earthrace team has a proven track record.  Our Naval Architects are LOMOcean Design who have developed a number of amazing vessels, including the original Earthrace.  

The Earthrace team was successful in raising the funds and building this first vessel, and then in 2008 set a new record for a powerrboat to circle the globe. Around this was the Outreach tour that saw over a quarter million people walk aboard her over a 3 year period.

Our film crew has a proven track record with "The Operatives" TV Series. We've produced two seasons and 18 episodes of compelling television that has helped enormously in raising important conservation issues.

Most importantly, our team has delivered in addressing wildlife crime.  We've closed down a number of illegal operations in many parts of the world, and we will continue to do this. 

Outreach Tour Locations

Earthrace-2 will spend a period of time each year running an Outreach Tour calling at Coastal Cities around the World to promote our conservation messages.  Our supporters will be invited down to collect their rewards which may include coffee, meals, excursions or events.  Below are proposed outreach cities.  

North America Outreach Tour
North America Outreach Tour

 

Outreach Tour UK/Ireland
Outreach Tour UK/Ireland

 

      

European Outreach Tour
European Outreach Tour

 

 

 

New Zealand Outreach Tour
New Zealand Outreach Tour

 

Australia Outreach Tour
Australia Outreach Tour

 

 Project Timeline

 
  • Jun 2016.  Kickstarter Campaign
  • Jul 2016.  Deliver Rewards not dependent on vessel
  • Sep 2016.  Design Completed
  • Jan 2017.  Construction Starts
  • Nov 2017.  Hull complete 
  • Jan 2018.  Start Internal Fitout / Engineering
  • Nov 2018.  Vessel Launch / Sea Trials
  • Jan 2018.  Commence Marine Conservation Missions
  • Mar 2019.  NZ Outreach Tour
  • May 2019.  Pacific Illegal Fishing Campaign
  • Jul 2019.  North America West Coast Outreach Tour
  • Sep 2019.  Western Pacific Illegal Fishing Campaign
  • Dec 2019.  Amazon River Wildlife Campaign
  • Feb 2020.  Caribbean Illegal Fishing Campaign
  • May 2021.  Gulf of Mexico Outreach Tour
  • Jun 2021.  North America East Coast Outreach Tour
  • Oct 2021.  Africa Anti-Poaching Campaign
  • Mar 2022.  Mediterranean Outreach Tour
  • May 2022.  European Outreach Tour
  • Aug 2022.  Indian Ocean Illegal Fishing Campaign
  • Dec 2022.  Australia Outreach Tour
  • Feb 2023.  Asia Anti-Poaching Campaign
  • May 2023.  Continue with conservation missions and Outreach

The above dates are provisional, and may change depending on how the wildlife poaching and illegal fishing industries evolve.  Generally we will focus on areas in most need of assistance, but also accommodating the Outreach Tour commitments.  Rewards will mostly be collected when the vessel is at a port city nearest you. In some cases rewards may be collected while the vessel is on campaign.  Supporters will be kept up to date as the project proceeds to ensure everyone has the opportunity to remain involved.

Earthrace-2 Design Render
Earthrace-2 Design Render

 

Risks and challenges

The major challenge once design is finished is to raise the funds and complete construction. We have demonstrated that we can do this with the previous completion of Earthrace, launched in 2006.

Collection of rewards in many cases is dependent on the Outreach Tour that calls to North America, Europe and elsewhere. The tour largely repeats the original Earthrace tour from 2006-2009. We have a demonstrated ability to run such tours, and link with local Schools, Media public, and the corporate sectors.

Note the collection of rewards on the vessel is also dependent on the tour schedule. It is likely the vessel will tour the USA / Canada first, followed by Europe, and then to New Zealand and Australia. Around this will also be our Conservation Missions. Supporters should be cognisant that we cannot tour all locations in the first year, but that with time, all supporters will all get the opportunity to collect their rewards.

The other challenge in delivery is our Conservation Missions. These can be very difficult. Over the last six years we have shown we can run these successfully. A number of environmental criminals are behind bars because of our work. We have highlighted many conservation issues through our TV show. And we have definitely made the world a fractionally better place with our work. With your support we can do even more

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    E-Books and Coffee

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    Four E Books by Captain Pete Bethune - Earthrace 1 and 2 + Whale Warrior 1 and 2 (delivery Jul 2016)
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    Breakfast with the crew on the boat during the Outreach Port Tour
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    One limited Edition white T-shirt with EARTHRACE-2 logo on the front, and vessel rendering across the back. Shipped anywhere worldwide (delivery Jul 2016)

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    Breakfast Cruise +

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    90 minute morning voyage aboard Earthrace-2, including breakfast and coffee with the crew. Available in cities the boat visits during the Outreach Port Tour

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    Sunset Cruise +

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    3 hour sunset cruise aboard Earthrace-2 with finger food and light refreshments. Available in cities the boat visits during the Outreach Port Tour.

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    School Group Boat Visit +

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    Exclusive 2-hour School visit by 1 class of up to 30 students. Includes 45 minute conservation movie in the onboard theater, full guided tour through the boat (30 mins), plus discussion with the crew on local conservation issues (45 minutes).

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    Local Dive Trip +

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    Daytime dive trip aboard Earthrace-2 to any one of hundreds of local dive destinations in the World that Earthrace will be visiting during the Outreach Tour. Includes 2 dives and lunch, plus standard SCUBA kit is provided. Excludes any travel costs in getting to the Port City.

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    Join the Crew +

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    Join us aboard Earthrace-2 on conservation missions and Outreach around the world. This is not as a guest but an active member of the crew. Food and accommodation is provided on the boat. This is your chance to travel to amazing locations and be part of a team that really contributes to conservation. Duration will be at least 7 days, but may be much longer depending on crew requirements. Supporter must be 18 years of age or older, be physically capable, and with no major medical conditions that could preclude them from participating in crew duties. Tavel expenses such as flights are not included. If you have ever wondered "what if ?" Well this is your chance to find out. A once-in-a-lifetime experience crewing with talented driven people that make the world a fractionally better place.

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    Your Event Aboard Earthrace (200 guests)

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    Host up to 200 people aboard the vessel while in port. This could be for birthday, anniversary, wedding, reunion, product launch or other occasion. Facilities available include VIP Lounge, Crew Lounge, 30 person Theatre, Formal Dining Room and Helideck. We provide you an exclusive venue for your event, which could be in the morning, afternoon or evening. Catering would be provided by the supopoorter. To be taken while the vessel is in port during the Outreach Tour. Event duration is up to 6 hours.

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    Host Sponsor in Your City +

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    Host Earthrace-2 in your City
    Sponsor / Hosting Rights in a city during the Outreach Port Tour. Includes signage, event naming rights and one exclusive 3-hour Evening Cruise for up to 25 guests. Excludes food and beverages.

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    Remote Island Adventures +

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    7 day + dive / adventure trip for one person to one of twenty of the world's most outstanding remote locations (eg Chuuk lagoon, Campbell Island, Cocos Island, Bikini Atoll, South Africa Sardine Run, Sipadan Island, Auckland Is). Accomodation is in one of 5 staterooms. Food and SCUBA kit is included. Guest dive / adventure activities will be coordinated with our conservation, scientific and filming program. We'll be visiting these remote locations as part of our Conservation work - You get to come along and make the most of these extraordinary places while we are there. Travel expenses such as flights not included. Some voyages may be longer than 7 days depending on location, but at least 7 days is guaranteed.

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    8 hour Cruise (up to 50 guests) +

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    An 8-hour daytime or evening voyage for up to 50 guests. Client may select voyage destination, itinerary and activities. All vessel assets such as Zodiacs, RIB, Kayaks, Dive Gear, Theatre, VIP Lounge, Crew Lounge, Formal Dining Room, Helideck at the disposal of the client. We'll be in a city near you - Make the most of it by having an exclusive voyage for you and your guests. Excludes catering / beverages. Event to be taken during the Outreach Port Tour or depending on location, coordinated around conservation campaigns around the World.

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    24-hour Luxury Voyage (10 guests)

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    24-hour voyage for up to 10 guests. Client may select voyage destination, itinerary and activities. All vessel assets such as Zodiacs, RIB, Kayaks, Dive Gear, Theatre, VIP Lounge, Crew Lounge, Galley, Formal Dining Room, Helideck at the disposal of the client. Accomodation is in 5 Staterooms. Event to be taken during the Outreach Port Tour or depending on location, coordinated around conservation campaigns around the World. Fuel and food is additional and charged at cost. Alcohol may not be included as a Kickstarter reward, however client may supply Alcohol for their guests.

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