The annual pilgrimage to the Lake District by powerboat racers from all disciplines of the sport is underway, and amongst them is the P1 SuperStock crew of Andy Foster and Charles Morris who last year came so close to setting a new world record.
Foster and Morris arrived in Coniston yesterday to set up in the pits and attend a briefing, and they are now focused on getting in some timed runs to decide what adjustments need to be made.
Speaking from the heart of the Lakes, Foster explained:
We have all week to try to beat the World P1 SuperStock Evinrude 250 HO speed record of 67.63 mph set by John Donnelly in 2015.
We beat that speed when we were here in Coniston last year but it was not by enough of a margin to count as a new record, and we’re confident that we’ll get it right this time.
The team finished as runners-up in the 2017 P1 SuperStock UK Championship and they headed across the Atlantic this year to finish on the podium in the SuperStock USA event in St. Pete Beach, Florida in June.
Here in Coniston we’ll have a base setting for ballast and positioning, and we will obviously run the boat as light as possible and hope that it’s not windy.
The aim is to be flat out when we hit the timing line, to be as smooth as possible on the outward run and then turn around and wait for the wash to settle as we prepare for the run back.
The recorded speed is an average of the two runs on the 1km course.
The SuperStock duo admit that that the appeal of Records Week is not all about high-speed action on the water:
It’s a very enjoyable social event with racers, support crews and spectators from all over the world, and we’re very much aware of all the history that surrounds the venue.
Just being here and taking part is great, and setting a world record would be superb.
We have to thank Neil Jenkins and the folk at Milford Waterfront in Pembrokeshire for sponsoring our P1 Panther race boat and we hope we can give them and Powerboat P1 something to celebrate by the end of this week.
Foster and Morris will also be seeking to set up a record in their Phantom 20 hull and there is the opportunity for spectators to see the boats up close in the pit area at Coniston Boating Centre and meet the P1 SuperStock crew.
The event is organised by Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club and features in the calendar of the UIM, the world governing body of powerboat racing.
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He founded and ran two successful sports marketing agencies in the 1980s before becoming head of PR & sponsorship for Guinness in 1992, where he first became interested in environmental issues.
He negotiated and helped to plan the activation programme for the Guinness sponsorship of the 1999 Rugby World Cup and managed the Guinness sponsorship of London Irish for nearly a decade.
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