Australia's Ken Warby has become the first man to break the three hundred miles-an-hour and the five hundred kilometres-an-hour barriers in an attempt on the world water speech record on Monday (9 October).
SV 'Spirit of Australia' Speed-boat slowly gathers speed from rest
GV Lake with speed-boat entering picture, PAN to boat moving across water (2 shots)
SV speed-boat slowing down
SV Ken Warby on top of boat talking to newsmen
SV helpers in boat
SV Ken Warby catches mooring rope and talks about run
GV Crowd applauding PAN TO Ken Warby on speech-boat
CU Bow of speed-boat
CU Ken Warby embraces his mother
SV Crowd applauding
Official announcing world record speech to delight of crowd. ZOOM TO Ken Warby celebrating
DOWLING: "Today he shattered his old record and made it look easy. It was his second attempt this weekend. Yesterday he pulled out when the waves were just too big. Yesterday's buffering meant six hours of repairs last night, and a fractured fuel tank which couldn't be fixed. He made the runs with one tank, meaning the 'Spirit of Australia' was out of balance. The 'Spirit of Australia's' run was over a measured kilometre - once in each direction. The first leg finished with a speed of three hundred and six miles an hour, but it was the second run which lifted the average even higher than anyone expected. At the end of it, even Ken Warby seemed staggered by what he had just done. (NATURAL SOUND BREAK). That second high speed run was almost three hundred and thirty miles an hour. Experts say boat is capable of much more than that.
As well as reaching the three hundred mile an hour target, Ken accidentally broke the five hundred kilometre barrier - something he'd planned to do in the future. Back on shore a kiss for Ken's mother who'd pleaded with him to give up what has proven to be the most dangerous sport in the world. But that's not for Ken Warby. Next year he hopes to make a world tour with more high speed runs in 'Spirit of Australia'. The official times were announced today but they are still provisional.
OFFICIAL:"I've very much pleasure in announcing that Mr Ken Warby this day, the eight of the tenth, '78, has provisionally achieved the speed of five hundred and ten pint four-five-two."
DOWLING: "That's three hundred and seventeen point two miles an hour. Finally Ken Warby has achieved his greatest ambition."
It was the second time Warby had lifted the World Speed record. Last November at Blowering Dam he established the world record at 464,45 KPH (280,60 MPH). Warby said after the latest record breaking run that he feels his boat, The 'Spirit of Australia', is capable of 350 MPH.
SPORT: WATER SPEED RECORDS
REPORTER: GRANT DOWLING
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Background: Australia's Ken Warby has become the first man to break the three hundred miles-an-hour and the five hundred kilometres-an-hour barriers in an attempt on the world water speech record on Monday (9 October). Warby made his attempt at Blowering Dam in New South Wales. The record was achieved after near disaster as Grant Dowling of Sydney's Channel 10 reports.