His speedboat story with the "Apache Star" is too extraordinary and exciting that you would like to listen to it several times. And it goes like this:
In 2015, the Dusseldorf native plowed from Key West (Florida, USA) to Havana (Cuba) in 90 minutes. His boat, the Apache Star, had a power of 2,700 hp and was designed for speeds of more than 200 km/h.
Before this world record, the icon, as Klüh calls the boat, had only been in the water twice. On each occasion, she won the world championship. And then came Cuba.
Which would not have been possible at all without the then U.S. President Barack Obama. In 2015, the world's most powerful politician personally approved the second application for the exceptional voyage of the speedy sailor from Düsseldorf.
The difficult political situation between the USA and Cuba is well known. But Roger Klüh didn't let anything or anyone stop him.
Not even by damage to one of the two drives caused by flotsam during the world record trip - and certainly not by the failure of navigation due to the Russian satellite jammers shortly before Cuba.
As an ex-manager in the family business and former professional ice hockey player for the Düsseldorf EC, Roger Klüh has the will to win in his DNA anyway. He acquired the expertise and feel for one of the most dangerous motor sports in the world over decades.
"I dedicated the world record explicitly to the friendship between the USA and Cuba," says the Cuban folk hero today.
He was especially thanked with the award of the highest civilian order by President Raúl Castro. Roger Klüh was also later invited as a state guest at the official ceremonies for the burial of Fidel Castro.
The "Apache Star" is resting - after extensive mending of the severe wounds of the hell ride - in warm Miami. The world champion and his boat mate Udo Stern have international requests for new world records.
It's all about top speed, on the water of course, including with an environmentally friendly as well as super-strong e-powerboat. And it's very unlikely that this special will to win of the speedboat champion won't come through again soon...
Source: Shots Media