About this project
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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 moreLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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