https://www.offshoreonly.com/articles/awesome/great-race-great-recordGreat Race, Great RecordAWESOMEBY BOBBYE MILLER KENYONON AUGUST 10, 2018 Veteran throttleman Nigel “Captain” Hook and driver Jay Johnson are charting a dual-strategy course for the upcoming Trinidad & Tobago Great Race. It’s considered to be one of the most grueling offshore races in the world: the legendary Trinidad & Tobago Great Race gears up for a mega milestone as more than 40 teams converge on this Caribbean locale to celebrate its 50th anniversary August 18th.The one-way endurance race boasts a challenging course that gets the green flag in Trinidad at the Port of Spain, navigates around the island, before heading across the open waters to the finish line in front of Store Bay, Tobago. As driver Jay Johnson said, “When the challenge was presented to us to compete in The Great Race, we gladly accepted.”The event, which launched its first race back in 1969, is one of the longest consecutively held powerboat races in the world. “The consistency of this race is equivalent to our Key West World Championship,” Nigel told me.During his 30 year racing career, Nigel Hook has scored an impressive track record with a resume that reads multi UIM speed records, national and world titles. After a successful record-setting run last year from Key West-Cuba, Hook wasted no time looking forward. “We’re always looking for something each year.”Nigel Hook & Jay Johnson celebrate their Key West-Cuba World Record last year.Of their upcoming Great Race, “this was a natural next step,” Jay Johnson.Photo by Getty Images.When the team reached out to the Trinidad and Tobago Power Boat Association (TTPBA) and the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), that’s when “something” became a reality: the historic race is on the UIM’s 2018 calendar as a sanctioned speed record. “We’re upping the ante this year – there are very few venues which have achieved such a long legacy and now, with a UIM World speed record being established alongside The Great Race, a unique opportunity has been created,” Nigel explained.When we talked last week, Nigel focused on several key aspects that lend to a challenging mix for the team. “I’m very excited about The Great Race…this is very different. It’s a race and a record run together, so there are two different strategies taking place in the same event. We have to beat the other boats and beat the clock.”Other elements that play major roles are water conditions and navigation. “When you race, water is water, but I have learned through the years, that you have to respect the various water conditions,” Hook explained. “This is an interesting course because we have islands in between, with water funneling through and this changes things. It’s very different from what we have here.”As for navigating a course that’s approximately 100+ miles point to point, Jay reflected back to offshore’s golden era of ocean racing days. “We cherish the opportunity to once again take offshore powerboat racing back to its roots and navigate the open seas in a bow-to-bow competition.”The #77 Lucas Oil SilverHook is one of many in this year’s competitive fleet including at least six of the world’s fastest catamaran hulls – Victory, Skater, Mystic and Doug Wright, as well as the iconic Fountain emblazoned Cat Killer (the only other V-hull registered), which Hook describes as ”an awesome boat and formidable competitor. It will be a really good test for us, especially in big water.”Plans call for Hook and Johnson to take a pre-race test run next Thursday and if needed, Hook says adjustments can be done Friday. “This will be a great challenge because frequently only 50% of the competitors make it to the finish line.”Satcom Direct rejoins the team via fully integrating satellite equipment with the t3lemetry system supporting live broadcast of data and audio from the command center during The Great Race. The provider of global connectivity solutions affords unique access via www.t3lemetry.comto fans worldwide at 7AM EST as they watch the speeds, GPS position, engine data, heart rate and listen to shore-to-cockpit conversations on board the Lucas Oil SilverHook. “This technology engages the people to watch us as we compete.”Although he’s always looking to a future marine challenge because “there’s always a bigger, better adventure out there,” Nigel says “one of the greatest things about our sport is friendship … we have life-long friends from various parts of the world because we share a common passion.”Author Bobbye Miller Kenyon is an award-winning journalist. Her company, Offshore Public Relations, is a multi-faceted firm that has represented marine industry leaders and champions in the offshore racing arena.
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https://lucasoil.com/lucas-oil-news/latest-news/4919-77-lucas-oil-silverhook-to-attempt-record-run-during-trinidad-to-tobago-great-race-august-18#77 LUCAS OIL SILVERHOOK TO ATTEMPT RECORD RUN DURING TRINIDAD TO TOBAGO GREAT RACE - AUGUST 18Corona, California (July 23, 2018) – On Saturday, August 18 at 8:00am ET, possibly the fastest rough water ocean racer in international competition, the #77 Lucas Oil SilverHook, will take on all-comers while competing in the 50th Anniversary of the Trinidad to Tobago "Great Race."The Great Race will be run over an approximately 100+ miles point-to point course at speeds averaging 80mph and top speeds in the 130mph range. During the race, #77 Lucas Oil SilverHook will attempt to outpace the more than 40 entries and set a new UIM sanctioned world/race record.Top competitors include the Fountain Cat Killer - the other premier class V-Hull entry and at least six of the world's fastest catamaran hulls including Victory, Skater, Mystic and Doug Wright.The north coast of Trinidad is known for its rough seas with waves in the 6-8 foot range.#77 Lucas Oil SilverHook is owned and captained by Nigel Hook, who will control the throttles during the record attempt. Hook is a 30-year veteran of international powerboat racing and has won three World Championships and set four World Speed Records. He and his co-pilot, long time driver and friend Jay Johnson, were inducted into the APBA Hall of Champions in 1998 and they are currently racing the #77 Lucas Oil SilverHook 48GP in the Superboat International Unlimited class.The "#77 Lucas Oil SilverHook" is already in the record books including setting a one-way time of 1 hour, 18 minutes and 3 secs (Guinness® World Record – and APBA/UIM sanctioned) a year ago on Thursday, August 17, 2017 from Key West, USA to Havana, Cuba.
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New Guinness World Record Approved!A new GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the fastest journey from Key West to Cuba by powered boat has been approved at 1 hour, 18 minutes, and 3 seconds set on August 17, 2017, officially naming Nigel Hook and Jay Johnson “Guinness World Records®” record holders.SeePRESS RELEASE (dated Feb 8, 2018).
http://corp.guardian.co.tt/sports/2018-08-19/monster-in-record-time--Monster in record timeMotul Monster is the 2018 Trinidad & Tobago Great Race winner and new Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) record holder for the fastest boat to reach the sister isle of Tobago from its twin island Trinidad.After an 8am start at the foreshore, Monster found itself in an expected battle with arch-rivals Mr Solo Too, Jumbie, and US entrant Lucas Oil. Driver Joel Sabeeney said their biggest challenge came from a heavy downpour of rain midway through the course which affected visibility, but the crew managed to cross the finish-line as the fastest boat to the sister-isle.First timer Lucas Oil which was driven by its leader Nigel Hook stormed home for the second position, some seven minutes behind Monster. Hook later hailed the event as his third best race in the 25 he contested around the world. "It was a well-organized race that posed much more of a challenge that I expected. I think we were lucky to finish the race in the second position after experiencing early electrical problems. In the end, you have to credit Monster for an excellent performance, but I think we will be back next year to turn our second-place finish into a win," Hook explained. Hook said the race exemplified what a great race really is and said he would challenge other US boats to get a taste of the T&T Great Race experience.