Full speed ahead for lake racing

The Westmorland Gazette: Windermere Windermere

POWERBOATS will take to England’s longest lake this year for two special events - after winning permission from the Lake District National Park Authority.

Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club will hold racing afternoons on Saturday, July 12, for its annual regatta and Saturday, September 27, for Commodore’s Day.

The club said both events would help ‘maintain the heritage of powerboat racing’ on the lake.

It has been racing on Windermere since 1926 and opposite its Broad Leys club house since 1952 – but racing was stopped on Windermere when aspeed limit came into force in 2005.

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Last autumn it held two afternoons of racing with more than 250 spectators, which it was keen to repeat.

There will be up to 20 boats in five races on each afternoon, with viewing points close to the Storrs Hall Hotel. The motor boat racing club will also be making tickets available to the public to join members to view the racing from Broad Leys, said spokesman Carole Shaw.

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