Ger­man sets Florida-toCuba speed­boat record in 2-hour-long jour­ney

The China Post - - SPORTS -

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 (100 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 ex­ceed- ing 160 kilo­me­ters 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 U.S.-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.

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