Jaxxing Up the Earthrace!

Text & Pictures by Leo Chan
Model Jax


I have been very interested in keeping the earth green and want to see how I can contribute in my daily life and professional life. My interest in sailing (I windsurf) is another reason why I did this project.

I learned of the Earthrace Team and was inspired by the sacrifices the team members put into the project. I thought I could help get them some positive publicity with my background in photography.

Some of the photos I took that day are now on the team website and I am looking for more ways to bring people to visit and donate money to the team.

Earthrace is a bid to break the world record (currently 75 days) for circumnavigating the globe in a powerboat, using only renewable fuels. It is a showcase of environmentally friendly technologies such as low-emission engines, non-toxic antfoul and efficient hull design.

The Earthrace team consists of mostly volunteers who are donating their time, expertise and resource to make this challenge possible.

The key members (all from New Zealand) are Pete Bethune - Skipper and team CEO; Ryan Heron - Documentary Film Director; John Allen - Marketing & Sponsorship; Professor Ralph Sims - Biodiesel Advisor; and Bob McDavitt - Forecaster.

The photo shoot was in Inner Harbour in Baltimore, Maryland on the day after Thanksgiving. It was a sunny and warm afternoon with many shoppers in the Inner Harbour shopping mall area. When the shoot started in the around 2 p.m. there was a big group of people watching.

It was rather unusual for someone to be in a swimsuit in Baltimore in late November. It was a fun shoot and it also brought a lot more people to tour the boat and donate money to the team.

I sincerely hope that the team can break the record (their target is 65 days) so that their mission of promoting renewable fuels like biodiesel, and raising awareness about sustainable use of resources can be heard more loudly!
~ Leo Chan :: Monday November 27th 2006

- Jax works as a fundraiser for a non-profit organization supporting battered women in Washington DC -

- Thanks to Jax & Leo Chan -

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