Ken Warby's world water speed record boat: Spirit of Australia





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The Worlds Fastest Man on Water

The Record
317.60 mph / 511.11km/h
8th October 1978
"Spirit of Australia"
Blowering Dam
NSW Australia

Refer UIM certificate (Click Here)

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After 25 years waiting for someone to beat his record, Ken is keen to have a go at breaking his own record, for fear it will not otherwise move on.  Of course the British team Quicksilver, is developing their record contender for precisely this!

Ken's new boat has 50% more power.  His first record breaking boat, "Spirit of Australia", was powered by a 6000 horse power Westinghouse jet engine.  The new boat will be powered by a 9000 horse power unit.   Ken, 64, and still firing on all cylinders, is about breaking his record.  He thinks that 24 years is too long for a record to stand, and is plenty of time for all the "Gunnas" of the world to do something about breaking the record.  Ken has built the new boat based on his experience of what works.  The new boat is not that much different to the "Spirit" in design - rather a refinement and who can argue with that.

The the new boat was built in his garage in Cincinnati USA.  It was pronounced complete on 23rd December 1999.  Now that construction is final, Ken will begin his campaign for sponsorship. Ken has stated that there is only one way this record attempt will be run, and that is professionally.   Trials of the new boat will commence once a professional team and sponsorship are organised.  It is most likely that the boat will be run at Blowering Dam - NSW Australia.  The record attempt will be run by Dr. Bob Apathy, the same man who project managed the Spirit runs in 1978.

Nice one Ken.  We wish you all the best with your fund raising.  Sponsors see below.....


The New Boat
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Ken is inviting sponsors to express their interest in being a part of history.  If you consider this an opportunity, and would like to be listed as a potential sponsor for the World Water Speed Record Attempt, then please leave your contact details and E-mail address on this page.


Introduction - An Introduction to Ken, the World Water Speed Record and the New Boat.
Ken - A summary of Ken's life.
Spirit of Australia - Ken's first Jet Boat, the World Record holder.
David - Dave is Ken's son, and the future of the WWSR.
More Spirit Pics - More photos of Spirit of Australia
Speed & Force Calcs - Calculations that relate to speed, drag, forces, and power required for the WWSR.
UIM Certificate - A scanned image of the UIM certificate for the World Water Speed Record.
RMYC Challenge Cup - World's Water Speed Challenge Cup, presented by the Royal Motor Yacht Club.
The New Boat - Story and Photos of Ken's New Jet Boat.  Ken will attempt the WWSR in this boat.
Cockpit View - View from inside the Cockpit of the New Boat
Aussie Spirit - "Aussie Spirit" is a V8 Powered Hydro.
Miss Bud - Ken has acquired Miss Bud, a Merlin powered Hydro
Speed Records - The history of the World Water Speed Records.
Other Challengers - Ken's comments and references to other Challengers.
J34 Jet Engine - Information and pictures of the Westinghouse J34 Turbojet Engine.
Blowering Dam - The site for the current WWSR record, and the new attempt.
Ken's Jet Toys - Ken has also built and raced other Jet Powered Vehicles.
The Jargon - Learn about the Jargon of Hydro Racing and the WWSR.
Sponsors - We are seeking expressions of interest in sponsoring the New Jet Boat.
Australia - Some information about the country of Australia.
Adventures of "Biggles" - Ken flies his "Boredom Fighter" out of Pro Aero at Butler County Airport, near Cincinnati.
Slim Dusty - Ken's mate who wrote a song about the true Spirit of Australia
W.L.S.R. - A link to the Australian World Land Speed Record Challenger.
Guest Book - Please read through, and add to our guest book.
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions. Questions that people have asked Ken in the past.
Links - Links to sites that relate to Ken and the WWSR.








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