Nigel Hook and Jay Johnson have steered Lucas Oil SilverHook to a new World Speed Record.
The pair set off from Key West, Florida at 08:43 local time and powered into the Bay of Havana, Cuba at 10:01, giving a time elapsed of 1 hour and 18 minutes and 3 seconds over 160 km.
Hook steered the boat, Johnson on throttles with two helicopters following them throughout.
Lucas Oil SilverHook was equipped with software developed by a group of Russian engineers, Hook said in Havana:
This unique system allows real-time data on the state of the boat, in particular, its two motors, as well as alerts on potential problems and ways to solve them.
At the beginning of the journey, the sea was unsettled, the waves reached 2 m, so we moved a little slower than expected, but closer to Havana, conditions improved and we were able to gain speed.
At Havana quay, the crew were met by representatives of city authorities, employees of the US Embassy in Cuba, the leadership of the Marina Marina Hemingway, the Marina of Havana and journalists:
I am sure that our record will serve to strengthen friendship between the peoples of the United States and Cuba.
Photo: Ramon Espinosa