Jay Johnson and Nigel Hook from the U.S. set a new speed record between Key West and Havana aboard their Lucas Oil Silver Hook 77 powerboat. Photo: Ernesto Mastrascusa

Reaching speeds of almost 125 miles per hour during the final stretch of their journey, Jay Johnson and Nigel Hook from the U.S., broke the powerboat record travelling from Key West to Havana on August 17, in one hour 18 minutes and three seconds.
Aboard their Lucas Oil Silver Hook 77 powerboat, Johnson and Hook broke the previous record set by German Roger Kluh, on August 1, 2015, who completed the route in a time of one hour and thirty minutes aboard his Apache Star, reported Prensa Latina.
Speaking to EFE,Hook described the journey as difficult, as this was the first time the two had sailed across this stretch of water.
He went on to note that their accomplishment opens up new opportunities for sports, and to strengthen the ties of friendship between U.S. and Cuban citizens.
Excited about the prospect of being the first to complete the return journey on the same day, Hook expressed his desire for opportunities like this to be available to all, to show the world that nothing good comes of hate.
The team’s time was verified by Vice President of theUnion Internationale Motonautique (UIM) and official record observer Fred Houenstein, while the two skippers are also seeking recognition from the Guinness World Records.
Also there to welcome the new record holders was President of the Hemingway International Nautical Club, José Manuel Díaz. (PL)