German sets FloridaCuba speedboat record
German sets Florida-to-Cuba speedboat record
August 2, 2015, 6:42 am
Havana (AFP) – A German businessman and power boating fanatic on
Saturday broke a 57-year-old record for the fastest boat crossing
between the United States and Cuba.
Roger Klueh, 50, powered his “Apache Star” powerboat the 160 kilometers
(90 miles) separating Key West and Havana, shattering a record that had
stood since 1958.
Klueh and his small crew piloted the high-tech speedboat between Key
West and Havana in just under two hours. The boat was capable of top
speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.
The earlier speed record, set by American Forest Johnson, was a
comparatively leisurely six hours 23 minutes.
Five months after that race, Fidel Castro and his band of rebels seized
power from Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, the beginning of the
downturn in US-Cuban relations and the end of boat competitions across
the Florida Straits.
Klueh has said his record attempt was made possible by the historic thaw
in ties between the former Cold War foes.
Source: German sets Florida-to-Cuba speedboat record – Yahoo7 –