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A record outing for James Fisher Strainstall’s Frank Rose
James Fisher Strainstall’s offshore systems engineer Frank Rose sets new world record at the 47th Coniston powerboat records week.
This year’s annual powerboat records week took place on Coniston Water from 30 October to 3 November and James Fisher Strainstall (JF Strainstall) couldn’t be prouder of its very own Frank Rose, who has set a new outright world record for a ‘single inboard immersed propeller monohull’.
Surpassing the previous record of 102.97 mph, Frank set the new world record speed of 106.80 mph over a kilometre course.
Frank Rose, offshore systems engineer for JF Strainstall says of his achievement:
“We have been preparing the boat since the end of last season’s racing and this has been the culmination of 5 years of work. I am extremely honoured to have been invited into the K7 club and awarded a gold star for breaking 100mph. I would like to thank all my sponsors for their support in making this happen and all those involved in the Coniston records week.”
Frank’s achievement continues the legacy of almost 100 years of powerboat record attempts made on several English lakes and perfectly embodies the emphasis JF Strainstall’s staff place on innovation and boundary pushing. His passion for the sport is obvious.
“The boat, Vintage Torque, is Fabio Buzzi designed 32ft offshore monohull, built in 1998 in Italy and powered by an Express 950hp supercharged V8 engine. Over the past 5 years we have been restoring the boat back to its former glory and had successfully raced in the prestigious Cowes-Pool-Cowes race earlier in the year, being throttled by myself(based in Cowes, Isle of Wight) and driven by Vee Ganjavian from Southampton.”
Coniston powerboat records week is unique among powerboat racing competitions as it is the only event to bring together all classes of boat, from tiny hydroplanes, through inshore circuit racers to the largest offshore boats. The event marks the finale of the powerboat racing season and has attracted competitors and officials from all over the UK since it began in 1970.
Learn more about records week here; Coniston power boat records