Peters & May Hydro Going For U.K. Speed Record

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The Peters & May-backed U-11 Unlimited Racing Group hydroplane will attempt to set a United Kingdom National Water Speed Record in England on Coniston Waterway during Coniston Records Week Nov. 5-9. According to a press release from global yacht and powerboat shipping and transportation logistics company, the U-11 entry’s participation won’t be just a first in the 42-yar-hisory of the event, it will be the first time an Unlimited hydroplane has run on English waters.

The U-11 hydro will be piloted by its co-owner, JW Myers. Joining Myers in his efforts will be Peters & May-supported Aaron Salmon, who will attempt to break the O350 world record of 113.25 mph in his R102 hydro.

 "We have a number of goals besides the records," said David Holley, the chief executive officer of Peters & May, in the release. "We want to remind the world of the strong presence and history of powerboat racing in the UK. We'd like the whole of Europe to get more familiar with the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane series, and we are always looking to strengthen the bond between two power boating strongholds like the U.K. and the U.S.A." 

Coniston Water is the third largest lake in England's historic Lake District National Park, in the Northwest part of the country. It became host to Records Week in 2005 after speed limits were imposed on the UK's largest lake, Windermere Water. Coniston is 5 miles/8 kilometers long and a half-mile/800 meters wide. 

The waterway is best known for the death of world speed record holder Donald Campbell, who crashed his Bluebird K7 at 320 mph (525 km/h) on the return leg of a record-breaking attempt in 1967. The wreckage of the Bluebird was recovered in 2001 and Campbell's remains were recovered later that same year.