APTOPIX Cuba US Speed Boat

Lucas Oil SilverHook powerboat drivers Nigel Hook, waving a Stars and Stripes, and James Johnson, waving a Cuban national flag, stand aboard their speedboat, back dropped by “El Morro” castle, in Havana on Thursday.

Powerboat team claims record crossing to Cuba

HAVANA — A team led by a California-based businessman is claiming a record for a powerboat crossing of the Florida Straits after speeding from Key West to Havana on Thursday.

The crew of the 48-foot boat reported completing the roughly 100-mile journey to Cuba in 1 hour and 18 minutes.

They say they averaged nearly 80 mph and hit a top speed of 127 mph.

The team was led by British-born Nigel Hook, who runs a data analytics and software engineering firm in California.

American Power Boat Association executive director Patrick Mell said there is no modern record for the route so the run would establish a mark once it is certified by them and the International Union of Motor-boating. The Hook team said another boat made the same trip in 2015 in an “unsanctioned” time of 1 hour and 51 minutes.

At least 6 drown as boat overturns off northern Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Authorities in Haiti say at least six people drowned and about 10 are missing after a boat overturned off the northern coast.

Local Civil Protection agency representative Jose Rethone says 23 people have been rescued and a search is continuing for more survivors near the city of Port-de-Paix.

Rethone says the boat overturned Thursday in rough seas as it was carrying people on a regular route between the island of La Tortue and Port-de-Paix. He says officials believe about 40 people were on board but there was no manifest.

— The Associated Press

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