The World Water Speed Record o

The history of the record is a story of technological advancement, human endeavour, triumph and tragedy. The aim of the Quicksilver project is to return this prestigious international prize to Britain, and in doing so add a vibrant chapter for a new era, bringing modern technology to bear in the quest for speed with safety.

     Britain and the United States vied for the record for decades, trading supremacy many times. But others got in on the act. A native of Ireland, driving a British-entered boat, broke the record four times in the early 1930s. On the eve of the Second World War, a German team got close to mounting a bid, and Italy was a contender in the early 1950s. But these Continental hopes were short-lived. The Anglo-American status quo resumed – to be finally upset in the late 1970s by Australia, a country which had not figured in the contest hitherto.

     The current record of 317.60 mph, although it has been challenged on several occasions, has stood resolute now for almost 35 years …

Who will be next to win the coveted title of “World’s-fastest on water”?

World Water Speed Record breakers

92.84 mph George Wood (USA) Miss America 7
04 December 1928 – Revier Canal, Detroit, Michigan, USA
93.12 mph Gar Wood (USA) Miss America 7
25 March 1929 – Indian Creek, Miami, Florida, USA
98.76 mph Sir Henry Segrave (GB) Miss England 2
13 June 1930 – Lake Windermere, England
102.25 mph Gar Wood (USA) Miss America 9
20 March 1931 – Indian River, Florida, USA
103.49 mph Kaye Don (Ireland) Miss England 2
02 April 1931 – Parana River, Argentina
110.22 mph Kaye Don (Ireland) Miss England 2
09 July 1931 – Lake Garda, Italy
111.72 mph Gar Wood (USA) Miss America 9
08 February 1932 – Indian River, Florida, USA
117.43 mph Kaye Don (Ireland) Miss England 3
16 July 1932 – Loch Lomond, Scotland
119.81 mph Kaye Don (Ireland) Miss England 3
16 July 1932 – Loch Lomond, Scotland
124.86 mph Gar Wood (USA) Miss America 10
20 September 1932 – St. Clair River, Detroit, Michigan, USA
126.33 mph Sir Malcolm Campbell (GB) Bluebird K3
01 September 1937 – Lake Maggiore, Italy
129.56 mph Sir Malcolm Campbell (GB) Bluebird K3
02 September 1937 – Lake Maggiore, Italy
130.93 mph Sir Malcolm Campbell (GB) Bluebird K3
17 September 1938 – Lake Hallwyl, Switzerland
141.74 mph Sir Malcolm Campbell (GB) Bluebird K4
19 August 1939 – Coniston Water, England
160.32 mph Stanley Sayres (USA) Slo-Mo-Shun 4
26 June 1950 – Lake Washington, Washington, USA
178.49 mph Stanley Sayres (USA) Slo-Mo-Shun 4
07 July 1952 – Lake Washington, Washington, USA
202.32 mph Donald Campbell (GB) Bluebird K7
23 July 1955 – Lake Ullswater, England
216.23 mph Donald Campbell (GB) Bluebird K7
16 November 1955 – Lake Mead, Nevada, USA
225.63 mph Donald Campbell (GB) Bluebird K7
20 September 1956 – Coniston Water, England
239.07 mph Donald Campbell (GB) Bluebird K7
07 November 1957 – Coniston Water, England
248.62 mph Donald Campbell (GB) Bluebird K7
10 November 1958 – Coniston Water, England
260.35 mph Donald Campbell (GB) Bluebird K7
14 May 1959 – Coniston Water, England
276.33 mph Donald Campbell (GB) Bluebird K7
31 December 1964 – Lake Dumbleyung, W. Australia
285.21 mph Lee Taylor (USA) Hustler
30 June 1967 – Lake Guntersville, Alabama, USA
288.18 mph Ken Warby (Australia) Spirit of Australia
20 November 1977 – Blowering Dam Reservoir, NSW, Australia
317.60 mph Ken Warby (Australia) Spirit of Australia
08 October 1978 – Blowering Dam Reservoir, NSW, Australia