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Re: Bluebird Runs 2019

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:42 am
by Richie
I’d buy that mug...

Re: Bluebird Runs 2019

Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:07 am
by Renegadenemo
I’d buy that mug...
I would too and once we're a little closer to weathering the current storm we'll get a few mugs printed for laughs but for the moment I hope everyone is buttoned up warm behind closed doors wherever possible with ample provisions and those who have to fight the good fight exposed on the front line are staying safe as they can. We're doing OK up here in the NE of England but I know other areas are not getting it so easy and that's without considering other parts of the globe. We all just have do entrench and get through this together - it'll fix.

Bill

Re: Bluebird Runs 2019

Posted: Sun May 31, 2020 12:54 pm
by longarmedgibbon
I still carn't understand why its such an arse on to get bluebird on Coniston when the imposter K777 just seemed to turn up and had no trouble getting on the lake. Ian

Re: Bluebird Runs 2019

Posted: Sun May 31, 2020 2:54 pm
by Malcolm Ops
K777 was an entrant in the organised Speed Records Week event, piloted by Jim Noone, to attempt jet powered speed records in a specific weight class. On the first visit the team based themselves at Pier Cottage. On both outings there were problems with getting the craft on the plane.

Bluebird K7 no longer meets any construction rules that would allow the craft to operate for any speed record and the record event is held in the month of November.

The Coniston Water Byelaws were re-written in 2010 to allow Bluebird K7 to be run on Coniston water at speeds above 10mph, however, the LDNPA has always needed a 'robust' event plan for any such running to take place. There was a Bluebird Event Working Group (BEWG), but they were not able to organise an event in summer dates in 2019. I did not see an 'event plan' myself, so that may have been the stumbling block. The BEWG, as far as I know, was disbanded in early 2019 and has never been reformed.

At this moment in time the Coniston Water Byelaws have been re-drafted and offered to the LDNPA (a 2019 version), but the Secretary of State has not yet signed them off. The Bluebird Project was consulted regarding the draft wording, which makes no special mention of Bluebird K7. This redrafting was needed because the RYA gave up the control of powerboating and they were named in them. Speed Records Week could not take place on Coniston Water in 2019, because the new National body has a different name.

Once these Coniston Water Byelaws are published, all involved will know what is required to run any type of craft on Coniston Water at speeds above 10mph and at which time(s) of year.

The Bluebird Project know that on 'tickover' engine settings Bluebird K7 would break the speed limit. Running will need to be under the terms of the 2019 Coniston Water Byelaws and in accordance with the village's Festival Event Plan(s). The Bluebird Project safety plan was drafted in late 2018 following the running on Loch Fad and whilst it will be revisited and the crew may need refresher training, because the visit to the Isle of Bute was a long time ago, the team just need Bluebird K7 to be completed. The operating plans should allow for a series of development runs and proving runs to show off the craft to the world.

Re: Bluebird Runs 2019

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:59 am
by longarmedgibbon
Thanks for the information