Lake Windermere to Host UK's First Sustainable Powerboat Race

25 March 2024

Enjoy a day of exhilarating high-octane action on 20th April

Want to be wowed by a day of watersports? Well, the Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club has announced the UK's first ever sustainable powerboat race.

Taking place on Lake Windermere on Saturday 20th April 2024, the event will feature all the spectacular aquatic action you'd expect from powerboat racing, but there's an environmentally-friendly twist: all the boats will be running on sustainable fuel.

You'll be able to witness this pioneering powerboating while staying at Macdonald Old England Hotel, one of our luxury Lake District retreats, which offers breathtaking views of the local landscape, exceptional facilities, and trademark dining.


For one day only, up to 20 petrol-engined powerboats will take part in five races up and down Lake Windermere. Instead of fossil fuels, the boats will be making a splash using SUSTAIN Super 80 - a sustainable fuel which takes its carbon from agricultural and forestry waste. This waste would otherwise end up in landfill and produce methane, one of the emissions most responsible for global warming.

In addition, spectators can expect an electrifying catamaran race, as one sustainably-fuelled catamaran takes on another powered by the battery from a Nissan Leaf.

Run by the Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club - one of the oldest clubs of its kind in the world - and supported by the Lake District National Park Authority, the race day promises waves of excitement for competitors and spectators alike.

A red powerboat speeds across a lake leaving spray in its wake



Set within its own lovely grounds on the shores of Lake Windermere - and just a short walk from the bustling town of Bowness - the Old England Hotel offers a stunning lakeside location, superb accommodation, an opulent spa and thermal suite, and a modern British restaurant boasting fabulous fine dining with lakeside views.

Make a weekend of it with our special three nights for the price of two offer, extend your stay with a special Sunday night deal, or simply book a table for a lavish meal after watching all the enthralling racing action live on the lake.