THE OUTRIGHT WATER SPEED RECORD
Before 1910, unofficial water speed records were recorded for boats that were steam-powered and propeller driven. In 1911, internal combustion engines took over, and in 1928, the first official water speed record ratified by the UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique) was set in 1928 by American George Wood.
The move to jet propulsion preceded the same move for the Land Speed Record when Malcolm Campbell replaced the R-Type piston engine in Bluebird K4 with a Goblin jet engine. Unsuccesful, the boat was inherited by his son Donald and reverted to piston power but still encountered difficulties. Donald took the brave step to start afresh with the outstanding Bluebird K7 jet hydroplane designed by the Norris brothers.
The first successful jet hydroplane was the Reid Railton designed Crusader of John Cobb. Against a record of 178mph he made the first run over 200mph but structural failure at the end of the run resulted in his death. Although not a record, the UIM acknowledged this as the first 200mph+ run.
The record passed between Britain and America until Australian Ken Warby upped it to 317.596mph in 1978 where it still stands today.
UIM OUTRIGHT WATER SPEED RECORD HOLDERS
|04 Sep 1928||George Wood||American||Miss America VII||Detroit River, USA||92.838|
|23 Mar 1929||Gar Wood||American||Miss America VII||Indian River, USA||93.123|
|13 Jun 1930||Henry Segrave||British||Miss England II||Windermere, Great Britain||98.76|
|20 Mar 1931||Gar Wood||American||Miss America IX||Indian River, USA||102.256|
|02 Apr 1931||Kaye Don||British||Miss England II||Parana River, Argentina||103.49|
|09 Jul 1931||Kaye Don||British||Miss England II||Lake Garda, Italy||110.223|
|05 Feb 1932||Gar Wood||American||Miss America IX||Indian River, USA||111.712|
|18 Jul 1932||Kaye Don||British||Miss England III||Loch Lomond, Scotland||117.429|
|18 Jul 1932||Kaye Don||British||Miss England III||Loch Lomond, Scotland||119.81|
|20 Sep 1932||Gar Wood||American||Miss America X||St. Clair River, USA||124.86|
|01 Sep 1937||Malcolm Campbell||British||Blue Bird K3||Lake Maggiore, Switzerland||126.32|
|02 Sep 1937||Malcolm Campbell||British||Blue Bird K3||Lake Maggiore, Switzerland||129.5|
|17 Aug 1938||Malcolm Campbell||British||Blue Bird K3||Hallwilersee, Switzerland||130.91|
|19 Aug 1939||Malcolm Campbell||British||Blue Bird K4||Coniston Water, Great Britain||141.74|
|26 Jun 1950||Stanley Sayres||American||Slo-Mo-Shun IV||Lake Washington, USA||160.323|
|07 Jul 1952||Stanley Sayres||American||Slo-Mo-Shun IV||Lake Washington, USA||178.497|
|23 Jul 1955||Donald Campbell||British||Bluebird K7||Ullswater, Great Britain||202.32|
|16 Nov 1955||Donald Campbell||British||Bluebird K7||Lake Mead, USA||216.2|
|19 Sep 1956||Donald Campbell||British||Bluebird K7||Coniston Water, UK||225.63|
|07 Nov 1957||Donald Campbell||British||Bluebird K7||Coniston Water, UK||239.07|
|10 Nov 1958||Donald Campbell||British||Bluebird K7||Coniston Water, UK||248.62|
|14 May 1959||Donald Campbell||British||Bluebird K7||Coniston Water, UK||260.35|
|31 Dec 1964||Donald Campbell||British||Bluebird K7||Lake Dumbleyung, Australia||276.33|
|30 Jun 1967||Lee Taylor||American||Hustler||Lake Guntersville, USA||285.213|
|20 Nov 1977||Ken Warby||Australian||Spirit of Australia||Blowering Dam, Australia||288.6|
|08 Oct 1978||Ken Warby||Australian||Spirit of Australia||Blowering Dam, Australia||317.596|
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