World Water Speed Record - WWSR

MPH

Outright World Water Speed Record (current)

Jet Hydroplanes

Water Speed Record
  1. 317.596 mph(511.121 km/h) Spirit of Australia Ken Warby (Aus) Blowering Dam 08/10/1978
  2. 288.60 mph(464.46 km/h) Spirit of Australia Ken Warby (Aus) Blowering Dam 20/11/1977
  3. 285.22 mph(459.02 km/h) Hustler Lee Taylor (USA) Lake Guntersville 30/06/1967
  4. 276.33 mph(444.71 km/h) Bluebird K7 Donald Campbell (GB) Lake Dumbleyung 31/12/1964
  5. 260.35 mph(418.99 km/h) Bluebird K7 Donald Campbell (GB) Coniston Water 14/05/1959
  6. 248.62 mph(400.12 km/h) Bluebird K7 Donald Campbell (GB) Coniston Water 10/11/1958
  7. 239.07 mph(384.75 km/h) Bluebird K7 Donald Campbell (GB) Coniston Water 07/11/1957
  8. 225.63 mph(363.12 km/h) Bluebird K7 Donald Campbell (GB) Coniston Water 19/09/1956
  9. 216.20 mph(347.94 km/h) Bluebird K7 Donald Campbell (GB) Lake Mead 16/11/1955
  10. 202.32 mph(325.60 km/h) Bluebird K7 Donald Campbell (GB) Ullswater 23/07/1955

Propeller driven craft

Water Speed Record
  1. 178.497 mph(287.263 km/h) Slo-Mo-Shun IV Stanley Sayres, (USA) E. Leninschmidt Lake Washington 07/07/1952
  2. 160.323 mph(258.015 km/h) Slo-Mo-Shun IV Stanley Sayres, Ted O. Jones (USA) Lake Washington 26/06/1950
  3. 141.74 mph(228.11 km/h) Bluebird K4 Malcolm Campbell (GB) Coniston Water 19/08/1939
  4. 130.91 mph(210.68 km/h) Bluebird K3 Malcolm Campbell (GB) Hallwilersee 17/09/1938
  5. 129.50 mph(208.41 km/h) Bluebird K3 Malcolm Campbell (GB) Lake Maggiore 02/09/1937
  6. 126.32 mph(203.29 km/h) Bluebird K3 Malcolm Campbell (GB) Lake Maggiore 01/09/1937
  7. 124.86 mph(200.94 km/h) Miss America X Gar Wood (USA) St. Clair River 20/09/1932
  8. 119.81 mph(192.82 km/h) Miss England III Kaye Don (GB) Loch Lomond 18/07/1932
  9. 117 mph(188 km/h) Miss England III Kaye Don (GB) Loch Lomond 18/07/1932
  10. 111.712 mph(179.783 km/h) Miss America IX Gar Wood (USA) Indian Creek 05/02/1932
  11. 110.223 mph(177.387 km/h) Miss England II Kaye Don (GB) Lake Garda 31/07/1931
  12. 103.49 mph(166.55 km/h) Miss England II Kaye Don (GB) Paraná River 15/04/1931
  13. 102.256 mph(164.565 km/h) Miss America IX Gar Wood (USA) Indian Creek 20/03/1931
  14. 98.760 mph(158.939 km/h) Miss England II Henry Segrave (GB) Windermere 13/06/1930
  15. 93.123 mph(149.867 km/h) Miss America VII Gar Wood (USA) Indian Creek 23/03/1929
  16. 92.838 mph(149.408 km/h) Miss America II George Wood (USA) Detroit River 04/09/1928
  17. 85.56 mph(137.69 km/h) Farman Hydroglider Jules Fisher (FR) River Seine 10/11/1924
  18. 80.567 mph(129.660 km/h) Miss America II Gar Wood (USA) Detroit River 06/09/1921
  19. 77.85 mph(125.29 km/h) Miss America Gar Wood (USA) Detroit River 15/09/1920
  20. 70.86 mph(114.04 km/h) Hydrodome iV Baldwin (USA) Bras d’Or Lake 19/09/1919

Women's Outright Water Speed Record

Propeller driven (no jet hydroplane to date)
  1. 168.76mph(271.53 km/h) C.R.C. Latimer Lodge Heather Spurle MBE (NZ) Lake Ruataniwha 06/05/1990
  2. 166 mph((267.15 km/h) Agfa Bluebird Gina Campbell QSO (GB) Lake Taupo 1990
  3. 122.8 mph(197.64 km/h) Agfa Bluebird Gina Campbell QSO (GB) Holme Pierrepont 1984

Notable failed attempts

Jet Hydroplanes

  1. Jon Craig Arfons (USA) Rain X Challenger Jackson Lake 09/07/1989 (fatality)
  2. Tony Fahey (GB) British Pursuit K8 / Miss Alton Towers Coniston Water 1982
  3. Lee Taylor Jr (USA) US Discovery II (rocket engine) Lake Tahoe 13/11/1980 (fatality)
  4. Donald Malcolm Campbell CBE (GB) Bluebird K7, Coniston Water 04/01/1967 (fatality)
  5. Les Staudacher (USA) Miss Stars & Stripes II Lake Hubbard 17/03/1962
  6. Guy Lombardo (USA) Temp Alcoa Pyramid Lake 1957
  7. John Rhodes Cobb (GB) Crusader K6 Loch Ness 29/09/1952 (fatality)
  8. Sir Malcolm Campbell (GB) Bluebird K4 converted to jet (gas turbine) Coniston Water 1947-48

Jet Hydrofoil

  1. Frank & Stella Hanning Lee (GB) White Hawk K5 Windermere 1952

Propeller driven hydroplanes

  1. Sir Henry O’Neil de Hane Segrave / Victor Halliwell / Michael ‘Jack’ Wilcocks, (GB) Miss England II Windermere Friday 13th June 1930 (double fatality – Segrave & Halliwell)

History Part 1 ∞ Bluebird K4 & Crusader K6

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History Part 2 ∞ Bluebird K7

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History Part 3 ∞ Hustler

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History Part 4 ∞ Rain X Challenger

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History Part 5 ∞ Spirit of Australia

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