Check out all the action at Coniston Power Boat Records Week in Cumbria

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Britain’s only straight-line

powerboat speed competition is taking place this week on Coniston Water.

Coniston Power Boat Records Week, which moved to Coniston Water following the introduction of a

speed limit on Windermere in early 2005, is open to everything from small

hydroplanes to the largest offshore boats.

More than 25 entrants have

registered so far with more expected, and the course will be open for record

attempts from 8am until dusk today and tomorrow. The very first run

on Monday saw Jim Noone set a new record for FR1000 hydroplanes at a speed of

103.87mph.

Noone’s F1 S3000 world record of

154.7mph is being threatened by Newby Bridge-based Ted Walsh who bettered it on

one run on Monday but was unable to match that speed on the return leg.

Powerboat record attempts have been made on English lakes including Ullswater,

Windermere and Coniston Water for many years, and have attracted famous drivers

such as Sir Henry Segrave, Sir Malcolm Campbell and Donald Campbell.