Google Earth has been used at high speeds in airplanes before. And, it’s been used in racing sail boats. But, this is the first time I’ve heard of Google Earth being used on the water, with a laptop, in a racing motor boat at speeds up to 90 mph! Virgil Zetterlind, who produces some amazing Google Earth content for boaters at his EarthNC.com site, managed to talk his way onto a sponsored racing boat during the Sarasota Poker Run last weekend. The boat was a Formula Factory 382 FAS3 Tech Boat. He offered to provide live tracking and web cam photos from the boat during the race and the tracks were uploaded using a cell phone as Google Earth KML. You can see the tracks now (colorized by speed) along with the photos he took. Here is a post with some background information about the story, a map, and slideshow by Virgil. And, for the technically inclined, Virgil has posted a detailed case study describing the software and hardware used to accomplish this feat. A great read for those wondering how to use Google Earth for tracking applications. Only thing I wish is that I could see some video of Virgil trying to hang on to his laptop and GPS while the boat was bouncing at those speeds. Virgil gets 5 globes for most geeky and adventurous application of Google Earth this month!