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Daredevils flock to Coniston for speed challenge

Published on: Thursday 5th November 2015
Categorised under: Play , Events, Lake District, Marine

Speed lovers from all over the UK have headed to South Cumbria for a week of record breaking on Coniston Water.

They’ll be attempting to beat previous water speed records, including the five world records and 12 national speed records set at the event last year.

Popular with spectators and participants alike, Power Boat Records Week is the only racing event open to all classes of boat, and the only straight line speeding event in the country.

Records week spokesman Glynn Cunliffe said that being part of the week was “a thrill and a privilege”.

“It’s our 45th anniversary and it’s 10 years since we moved to Coniston. Every year is a special year at records week and we expect to see more records broken”.

The records week was previously held in Windermere, until the introduction of speed restrictions in 2005.

The move to Coniston was welcomed by fans and participants, as many consider the lake to be the spiritual home to powerboat racing, ever since Malcolm Campbell set a new record on the lake towards the end of his career in 1939, hitting 141mph.

His son, famed speed record breaker Donald Campbell, later lost his life on Coniston attempting to reach 300mph in a Bluebird K7 in 1967.

When it comes to entrants for this year, Cunliffe said “We don’t generally know who will take part until people start turning up. People can keep very quiet about it. We’re currently expecting twenty entrants but it could be as many as thirty.”

During the race each pilot is timed over a straight 1km distance, before turning round and doing the same in the opposite direction.

The average speed of the two is counted as the recorded run.

Coniston Power Boat Records Week is free for spectators, and anyone interested in learning more about the boats involved can visit Coniston Boating Centre during the event.

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