Speedboot Rekordfahrt nach Kuba: Wie gefährlich ist die Überfahrt?

Speedboat record trip to Cuba: How dangerous is the crossing?

In a few days, Roger Klüh will be heading for Cuba on August 1 at 10:00 a.m. (local time) with his speedboat Apache Star, starting from Key West. Roger has to cover a distance of 110 nautical miles with his crew of four. But what challenges have to be overcome during the crossing?

Hurricane Season

In fact, the long distance of 110 nautical miles is an extraordinary challenge in many ways. "The hurricane season in the region begins in August," says Roger about the weather situation in Florida. And while the weather is, of course, predictable, even with good weather forecasts there is always a risk that the weather will change and a storm or even hurricane will break out.

Neon Orangenes Powerboat Apache Star aus der Vogelperspektive im Wasser

Speed ​​Limits and Sharks

By far the greatest challenge, however, is to cover the long distance at maximum speed - because the goal is to cover the 110 nautical miles in under 2 hours.

How fast the boat will actually travel depends on the weather and sea conditions. However, anyone who knows Roger knows that he will do everything to bring his speedboat to Cuba at the highest possible speed: "The challenge for me will be
keeping the boat on course and in the water".

The Apache Star has 2,700 hp and can reach a top speed of up to 100 knots (185 km/h). Steering the boat over the waves at top speed over this distance will be the greatest challenge.

Due to the high speeds and possible high waves, there is also a risk of limited visibility. Difficult-to-see items in the water, such as containers lost from ships, are also a problem to overcome.

Also to consider: Florida has an above average shark population. In the event of any problems, it is important that help is quickly on site to assist the crew in an awkward position and to get them out of the water immediately.

Neon Orangenes Powerboat Apache Star liegt über die Wellen

Intensive preparations for August 1st

To rule out any risk, however, Roger has been training intensively with his crew for weeks. Training takes place during the hottest time of the day in order to withstand the physical exertion and climatic challenges. With an outside temperature of up to 40 degrees, the wind-protected boat is exposed to the sun. In fireproof underwear and overalls, reinforced neck braces, the crew is exposed to extreme temperatures.

As a precaution and on the advice of the US Coast Guard, Roger Klüh had the
US Coast Guard navigation system installed in the Apache Star. This is networked with an accompanying helicopter, which has a life raft on board just in case. The helicopter is permitted to approach Cuban territory up to 10 miles, after which it must turn away. The start of the Apache Star is also accompanied by several US Coast Guard ships, which are staggered along the
course to follow the record run. A US Coast Guard helicopter is also on duty.

Neon Orangenes Powerboat Apache Star liegt im Hafenwasser

So let's be curious when we'll be at full speed on August 1st: Let's go to Cuba!

Source: Boot Online

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