With many of the sports major championships drawing to a close as we head into the winter months, there’s still one big event for racers and fans alike to look forward to, reports former British powerboat Champion Richard Carr.
Early next month the annual Coniston Records Week will be held, an event that has been held every year since 1970. However, it hasn’t always been held in Coniston, back in 2005 the organising committee were forced to move from Lake Windermere due to speed restrictions being place on the lake.
The Coniston Power Boat Records Week is the only event in the powerboat racing calendar that brings together all classes of boat.
Entry is available from tiny hydroplanes, through inshore circuit racers to the largest offshore boats. Competitors, fans and officials from all over the UK assemble every year at Coniston to sign off the powerboat season in style.
For nearly a century powerboat records have taken place on several waters across England including Ullswater, Windermere and Coniston.
The most famous drivers have been Sir Henry Segrave, Sir Malcolm Campbell and Donald Campbell. Norman Buckley, was instrumental in the inauguration of Records Week and together with The Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club, had various courses on Windermere surveyed. In the mid 1990’s One, Two and Three Hour Records were attempted during the annual Enduro, which took place at the end of Records Week.
This year’s event is set to be held between November 2nd and 6th with racers going up against the clock in one of the most scenic parts of Britain.
About Richard Carr
Richard Carr, of Poole, 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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