Several teams were unable to compete at this year’s event because it is run under the RYA banner, and unless teams held an RYA licence they were effectively banned even though most have taken part in the annual Records Week for decades.
For the past week, powerboat racers from around Europe have been descending on Lake Coniston in Cumbria, UK, the third largest lake in the English Lake District, in the hope of recording new waterspeed records. The hopefuls range from 42 foot offshore craft to diminutive model boats. However, 2017 marks a major change from previous years as since the controversy of clubs parting company with the Royal Yachting Association, only those teams possessing an RYA licence were permitted to take part regardless how many times they have competed in previous record weeks. The legality of the situation has been questioned, i.e. was Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson ‘fast-tracked’ through the system to acquire an RYA licence to enable him to drive a marinised Bond Bug car, or did he apply through the proper channels?
Despite Raceboat International being the number one powerboat racing website in Europe we have not had any correspondance from the RYA about the results of this year’s record breakers, which is a shame for the teams who have taken part. However, we can mention three offshore boats that broke records, the information coming from Facebook. If we do receive a comprehensive list of record breakers we will publish it on raceboatinternational.com in without delay.
Top: Drew Langdon and Miles Jennings aboard Silverline recorded a new world record for immersed props – 123.90mph
Above: Tom Mongomery-Swan and Jan Jorgensen broke two records, one aboard Raven RIB 117.9mph and the other aboard a marathon offshore monohull SINUS
Frankie Rose and Vee Ganjavian aboard Vintage Torque 106.81mph
Photos: Tim Tapping