The official Coniston Powerboat Records Week Facebook Page Each year powerboats of all sizes, of all classes from around the UK gather at Coniston Water for the annual Coniston Power Boat Records Week. Drivers from 8 years old take turns on the water to attempt to break the British and World water speed record in their class.
The annual Coniston Power Boat Records Week is the only event in the Powerboat Racing Calendar to bring together all classes of powerboat. Entry to this prestigious event is open to all from tiny hydroplanes, through circuit racers to the largest offshore boats. Records Week marks the finale to the British racing season with competitors and officials from all over the country assembling for what has been a popular event since its inception in 1970.
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Coniston Powerboat Records Week is a great British tradition that marks the end of the powerboat racing season in the UK. In it's 46th year, this year saw a new chief timekeeper take over the responsibility for leading the timing team. Ashlea Hughes has the big shoes of Mike Twigg to fill after his short, 30 year stint as chief timekeeper. Records Week Chairman, Alison Whalley, was at the LPRC awards to present Ashlea with an appreciation trophy in the form of a dolphin for all the hard work Ashlea put into this first year in the role. Well done Ash.
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Great report by BBC Northwest Tonight from Coniston
The final award of the evening was the Appreciation Trophy, this year the award was presented to the Scrutineering Team. The team consisting of Barry Turner, Wayne Turner, Dale Turner, Malcolm Hughes, John Bunyan and headed up by Jim Noone have the responsibility of ensuring that all of the entries comply with the class rules. Well done folks.
The person of the meeting trophy is awarded to the competitor who has gone above and beyond during the week. Keeping everyone busy with the most entries of any driver and the most runs of any competitor, he was always polite and smiling. The person of the meeting trophy was awarded to Ben Jelf.
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Year after year over 60 volunteers give over 2500 hours of their time at their own expense to make Records Week happen. There are several trophies at records week that are presented in recognition of the dedication to the event. The Dolphin Trophies are presented to persons or teams who have gone over and above during the week. This year the first dolphin was awarded to Adam Jackson, Manager of The Bluebird Café. Whilst it could be argued that Adam is merely doing his job, Adam has always gone above above and beyond during Records Week, even on his days off he is in early to ensure we are provided for. In May our Chief Timekeeper of 30 years Mike Twigg announced he wished to step down and nominated Ashley Hughes for the role. Ashley has already made a positive impact within the team and long may she continue. The second Dolphin Trophy this year was awarded to Ashley Hughes. (collected by mum Janet)
The K7 Trophy is awarded for the fastest run of the week regardless of whether the attempt set a record or not. For the second year running Matt Palfreyman has made the fastest attempt of the week at 123.47 mph in the National F2 class. Sadly for the second year running he was a little shy of the record but was awarded the K7 Trophy in recognition of his achievement.
Returning to Coniston for a second year, Shelley Jory-Leigh is for the second year in a row, the fastest lady of the week at 80.24mph in the Marathon C class. The Shepherds Trophy was awarded to Shelley by the WMBRC Commodore, Roy Pugh.
Each year the English Lakes Hotels Trophy is awarded to the youngest record breaker of the week. Not only is she the youngest, she is also the furthest travelled competitor of the week. 14 year old Endija Zaumane from Latvia was awarded the trophy by WMBRC Commodore, Roy Pugh.
The Concours D'elegance is awarded to the team or competitor with the best conduct throughout the week. This is judged by the management of The Bluebird Café. Based on the boat, team branded camper and friendliness of the team, The Concours D'elegance trophy for 2016 was awarded to Endija Zaumane. This years trophy was presented by the Commodore of Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club, Roy Pugh.
The Norman Buckley Trophy is awarded for the most meritorious performance of the week which is the highest percentage increase on any record. This week the trophy was awarded to Ben Jelf who increased the National Clubman 1000 Catamaran class to 79.90mph which was a 22% increase on the previous record.
The trophies for highest percentage record were awarded to: UKOBA Cup, for the greatest percentage increase in a Circuit class including Clubman was awarded to, Ben Jelf for his record in the O1000 Class which saw an increase of 17% to 79.24mph. UKOBA Drivers' Trophy, for the greatest percentage increase in an Offshore class including BCC, this year was awarded to Bob McCarthy for his record in the National Club Racing 2 class. The new record stand at 85.68mph, an increase of 14%.
Recognition of speed record breakers is by various stars, with the colour of the star defining the speed category, Silver, under 100 mph, Gold, above 100 mph and Platinum, above 150 mph. It was agreed by the K7 Club members this week that a new class of star would be awarded. This new 'International Star' is awarded to a Non British competitor that has broken a World Record in a UIM recognised class. Breaking two World Records this week in the JT250 and the T250 Classes. She and her team have been a pleasure to work with and will hopefully be back next year. The first ever recipient of a K7 'International Star' is Endija Zaumane.
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