Powerboat racers claim record time for travel from Florida

KEY WEST, Fla. (WFLA) — Two powerboat racers broke the record in Florida for their fast time navigating through the water.

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 their 48-foot Silverhook on Thursday.

The Silverhook went about 103 miles from Key West to Havana in 1 hour, 18 minutes and 3 seconds.

The boat averaged just over 79 miles per hour in what veteran racer Hook labeled “very tricky water.”

Silverhook reached speeds of 127 mph in 5-7 foot waves.

Their time surpassed an unofficial 2015 record of 1 hour 30 minutes and the 1922 sanctioned record of 6 hours.

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