Date: Tue 20 Feb 2018

Former P1 powerboat racer becomes a Guinness World Records® Record Holder

Nigel Hook and Jay Johnson’s high speed run from Key West to Cuba last Summer is now officially confirmed as a Guinness World Record.

The pair completed the record attempt in 1h 18m 3s

The pair completed the record attempt in 1h 18m 3s

Six months after British throttleman Nigel Hook, who raced in the P1 World Championship nine years ago, and American driver Jay Johnson completed the fastest ever crossing of the Straits of Florida from the Florida Keys to Havana their superb achievement has been approved as a Guinness World Record.

Established in 1954, Guinness World Records is the global authority on record-breaking achievements. Of the thousands of applications received every month, less than 5% actually make it to become an official entry in the 40,000 world records archived in its database.

“It’s fantastic for our sport to receive a Guinness World Record” said Nigel. "Doesn’t every kid dream about achieving this?”

The Lucas Oil/SilverHook team made the 101-mile journey in 1 hour, 18 minutes, 3 seconds to set a one-way speed record in August last year. Nigel, a world champion offshore racer who’s been involved in the sport for three decades, was ecstatic with the result and the wonderful reception in Cuba.

”The biggest moment was when we were about 15 miles from Cuba and we could see the sun glistening off the high rises of Havana” added Nigel. “It was almost like magic – the very tricky seas started to settle down and we were running 120-plus mph.”

P1 chief executive Azam Rangoonwala, who was associated with the record-breaking success, describes Nigel as “a highly professional and hugely respected veteran racer.”

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