Powerboat enthusiasts flock to Coniston Water

This week, former British Powerboat Champion Richard Carr looks at his year’s record breakers from the Coniston Powerboat Records Week held last month.

Coniston records week

Coniston Water, in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria held its annual Powerboat Records Week last month, as would-be world record breakers descended, to test their skills at high speed.

Riders of powerboats and jet-skis tested their nerve on the waters, with thrill seekers reaching speeds of up to 100mph on the stretch of water made famous by the late Donald Campbell.

What is the Coniston Powerboat Records Week?

This annual event, which started in 1970, is the only one in the Powerboat Racing Calendar to bring together all classes of boat. It is held at the conclusion of the racing season and sees tiny hydroplanes, inshore circuit racers and some of the largest offshore boats all take to the waters.

For nearly 100 years powerboat record attempts have been made of several English lakes including Ullswater, Windermere and Coniston.

World & National Records (Subject To Ratification)

  • Runabout Superstock 1200 Alan Pickard 84.02 mph
  • Runabout GP Alan Pickard 83.11 mph
  • Ski Division F1 Graham Leech 68.08 mph
  • Pro Rib Sport Peter Hart 74.69 mph
  • S1000 Sam Whittle 70.45 mph Established
  • Offshore III B EPA Paul Etasse 64.19 mph

National Records (subject to ratification)

  • O850 Ben Morse 100.05 mph
  • Clubman Unlimited Monohull Peter Hart 91.00 mph
  • VP 2.75 Alan Power 92.86 mph
  • BCC Class 1 Peter Hart 92.15 mph
  • BCC Class 1 Helen Loney 79.07 mph
  • Offshore III A John Guille 70.95 mph
  • Offshore III A Jack Bobin 62.61 mph Established
  • Clubman 1000 Catamaran Stuart Bird 65.76 mph Established
  • Zapcat ZCR50X David Finlayson 44.13 mph Established
  • Zapcat ZCR50 Simon Matthews 43.53 mph Established

About Richard Carr

Richard Carr is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful powerboat racers, who has competed in the sport globally.

He has won numerous domestic and international honours: he became British Class 1 Champion in 1991; he was the winner of the coveted Needles Trophy and he also came second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992. It was the year the race was controversially competed in the fog and it has been argued for many years that he actually won the race.

He is known in the sport for his aggressive racing character in rough seas and recently raced in the USA for Geico in 2011.


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