Hampshire power boat team tell of joy of smashing a world water speed record

VIDEO: Ecstatic power boat team celebrate smashing water speed record

VIDEO: Ecstatic power boat team celebrate smashing water speed record

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A team of Hampshire powerboat stars have told of their delight at smashing a world speed record on water.

Hamble-based powerboat champion Steve Curtis, along with engineer Trevor Leigh, managed to notch a breathtaking top speed of 244mph in the Spirit of Qatar Al Adaa’am 96 catamaran during a competition in Sunrise Beach, Missouri, on Saturday.

Steve pushed the vessel to the limits along with team owner Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani during the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout competition.

The effort established the new record by beating the 224mph set by My Way Mystic at last year’s event.

The vessel hit technical difficulties during its first run after the parachute was deployed early in the one-mile course.

It still managed to reach 210mph before the repaired boat smashed the record by 20mph in the second run.

Daily Echo: Steve Curtis's fantasic start goes on
Steve Curtis

Speaking to the Daily Echo, Steve said: “It was fantastic.

“We hadn’t done a lot of testing on it before.

“It’s not like going for a world speed record, you approach the starting gate at 40mph and you have just one mile to go as fast as you can.

“It was unbelievable for a big boat like ours.

“The great thing is there is a bunch of Southampton guys on the team and we all went out for a beer or two afterwards, as you can imagine.”

Trevor’s powerboating champion wife Shelley Jory Leigh said the team were thrilled to break the record.

She said: “It’s very impressive.

“Not only does the boat do 244mph in a straight line on a lake, it can race off-shore in big seas and turns corners on a racecourse – you don’t usually get that and that’s what’s so incredible about this.

“They had a major fire in the turbine engine in one race but they rebuilt it and it’s now incredible.

“I am really chuffed for them and my husband. I have been achieving things in my life, like winning powerboat championships and he’s always stood behind me. But now I am really pleased I can say he has achieved this.

“They were all relieved. At that speed, if it goes wrong it is going to go very wrong.

“At the end there was relief and happiness, the feeling of ‘wow we did it’.”

She added that the team may try to better the speed next year with Sheik Hassan at the helm.

The shootout competition has been running for 26 years and raises money for the Lake of the Ozarks area’s charities.

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1:11pm Mon 25 Aug 14

southy says...

Which world water speed record.
Which world water speed record. southy
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2:32pm Mon 25 Aug 14

southy says...

southy wrote:
Which world water speed record.
And we get 1 idoit using the thumbs down for a question being ask, as there are a number of water speed classes, and all i can tell you its not thee water speed record that still stands at the 1977 record at 317mph and was air jet driven. Its not even telling you the size of the vessel let along what propulsion is used
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Which world water speed record.[/p][/quote]And we get 1 idoit using the thumbs down for a question being ask, as there are a number of water speed classes, and all i can tell you its not thee water speed record that still stands at the 1977 record at 317mph and was air jet driven. Its not even telling you the size of the vessel let along what propulsion is used southy
  • Score: -7

12:28pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Andy Locks Heath says...

Hi Southy This is a record specifically for offshore powerboats. You are right that this would not match any of the onshore records, but I'm a big fan of offshore powerboats (the ones that compete in the Cowes -Torquay-Cowes every year) and this speed is hugely impressive! Even the sight and sound of the smaller classes (with "Only" 1000hp under the hood) doing speeds less than 100mph in the rough waters of the Solent is still a real spectacle.
Hi Southy This is a record specifically for offshore powerboats. You are right that this would not match any of the onshore records, but I'm a big fan of offshore powerboats (the ones that compete in the Cowes -Torquay-Cowes every year) and this speed is hugely impressive! Even the sight and sound of the smaller classes (with "Only" 1000hp under the hood) doing speeds less than 100mph in the rough waters of the Solent is still a real spectacle. Andy Locks Heath
  • Score: 1

12:58pm Tue 26 Aug 14

southy says...

Andy Locks Heath wrote:
Hi Southy This is a record specifically for offshore powerboats. You are right that this would not match any of the onshore records, but I'm a big fan of offshore powerboats (the ones that compete in the Cowes -Torquay-Cowes every year) and this speed is hugely impressive! Even the sight and sound of the smaller classes (with "Only" 1000hp under the hood) doing speeds less than 100mph in the rough waters of the Solent is still a real spectacle.
I know Andy but the Echo is lacking in information about the Boat, Like I know its 50 feet long and as a inboard turbo charge engine and its prop driven, But there are other types of off shore power boats, like the water compress jet engines.
[quote][p][bold]Andy Locks Heath[/bold] wrote: Hi Southy This is a record specifically for offshore powerboats. You are right that this would not match any of the onshore records, but I'm a big fan of offshore powerboats (the ones that compete in the Cowes -Torquay-Cowes every year) and this speed is hugely impressive! Even the sight and sound of the smaller classes (with "Only" 1000hp under the hood) doing speeds less than 100mph in the rough waters of the Solent is still a real spectacle.[/p][/quote]I know Andy but the Echo is lacking in information about the Boat, Like I know its 50 feet long and as a inboard turbo charge engine and its prop driven, But there are other types of off shore power boats, like the water compress jet engines. southy
  • Score: -2

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