KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) A powerboat race team appears to have broken a time record for crossing from the Florida Keys to Cuba.
Throttleman Nigel Hook of San Diego, and driver Jay Johnson of Scottsdale, Arizona, piloted the 48-foot SilverHook on Thursday just over 103 miles from Key West to a point off the El Morro castle in Havana in 1 hour, 18 minutes and 3 seconds.
The boat averaged 79.23 mph (127.5 kph) in what veteran racer Hook labeled ''very tricky water.''
Their time eclipsed an unofficial 2015 record of 1:30 set by Apache Star, and the 1922 sanctioned record of 6 hours.
Hook and Johnson attempted a faster return trip Thursday, but a drive shaft failure disabled one of two engines.
SilverHook's achievement is pending world-record sanctioning by the American Power Boat Association and Union Internationale Motonautique.
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