Former British champion powerboat racer Richard Carr reports on the news that high speed powerboating record breakers from across the world are currently flocking to the Lake District.
The 46th Powerboating Records Week is being held in the sleepy town of Coniston, in the Lake District. The event, which is free to attend, started on Monday 31st October. It will run for five days and will welcome officials and competitors from every corner of the planet to the picturesque Lake District.
Commenting, Coniston Records Week Chairperson Alison Whalley was quoted by the North-West Evening Mail, a regional news source, saying: “We’re really looking forward to the rest of the week. The weather is great and we had a record-breaking first day. We broke five world and 10 national records and we have seen a good number of local competitors wanting to take part.”
Going on, she said: “This week really helps to bring a significant amount of people into the area in what is usually a quiet time for Cumbria and that in turn really helps to boost the local economy. Coniston is seen as the spiritual home of record-breaking so everyone wants to come and run on Coniston.” The powerboating record breaking began straight away during the Coniston-held event.
On the Monday, 14-year-old Latvian speedster Endija Zaumane, earned a speed of 49.78mph in the junior JT250 class, breaking the first world record of the event. Meanwhile in the Formula 4 class, 16-year-old Ben Jelt from Kent scored 77.54mph, making a new national water speed record. Also with a top speed of 39.08mph on the water, the Gibbs Amphibians-built 4wd Humdinga set a new UK record.
Whalley also expressed the hope that more Cumbrians would experience the thrills that come with this sport by watching these races. Elaborating, she said: “It is only five days in the calendar year but during that time the UK holds more records out on the water than any other country so it is really about British endeavour and British pride – but we welcome competitors from across the world.”
Making her case further, Whalley went on to say: “However, at the same time, this week is also about Cumbria. Everyone loves Cumbria and particularly the Lake District. It’s a great spectacle and if you are interested in seeing people achieve the very best and seeing something beyond your wildest expectations then it is definitely worth coming down and experiencing it.”
Taking it further
We Brits are always pushing the envelope in Powerboating. A team of UK engineers, for instance, recently decided to sail a 112ft wave-piercing powerboat from Cornwall to New York, to smash the record for Atlantic crossings. With the event in the Lake District, the UK’s place in global powerboating culture becomes more prominent, as record breakers make new achievements in British waters.