Coniston Powerboat Records Week returns after an absence


This week will see the return of the powerboat crews and pilots determined to speed glory at Coniston Water after a two-year absence.

Coniston Power Boat Records Week is considered by many to be the world’s premier water speed record event and sees UK and international pilots attempt to raise the bar for speed records in their category of boat.

This will be the 49th water speed record event and will see boats of all sizes piloted by drivers of all ages take to the holy water.

Among the competitors hoping to set a new world record this year, Mathilda Wiberg, 19, sets out on the 2,500 km journey from her home in Sweden. After a successful season in the European Championship, Mathilda of Wiberg Racing will compete for the Formula 4 speed record which currently stands at 81.33 mph.

The teenager will face the F4 record with 19-year-old Jonny Brewer of Lincoln, who last month raced to success to become the British F4 champion.

And one of the many competitors returning to Coniston will be Seumas Macleod, 27, in his inflatable catamaran.

After setting a new UK national speed record at Coniston in 2018, Seumas, from the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides, was bitten by the speed bug.

He hopes to increase his speed from the record he set in 2018 in the PF850 class at 70.10 mph.

Another Records Week veteran is Paul Scott of Kendal.

The 44-year-old is hoping to set a new national water speed record in the Clubman Monohull 1500 class in his Sima Hull. Over the past 20 years on this boat he has achieved several world and national records, world championship victories and club races on Windermere.

And the boat was fitted with a new Parsun 1140cc engine for its record attempts.

With entries still pending and some teams keeping their intentions a secret until the event, organizers have vowed this year will be another world record event.

A spokesperson for Coniston Power Boat Records: “Following the extreme weather conditions and high water levels on Coniston Water last week, we have been working hard with our local partners to make operational changes to make the event possible. of this year to take place.

“We are extremely grateful to the Coniston Boating Center, the Bluebird Café and the Coppermines and Lakes Cottages. Due to the wind speed forecast, we have delayed the start of Records Week 2021 to Tuesday, November 2nd. ”


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