The purpose of the 2017 Lucas Oil Ocean Cup is to set a new world speed record from Key West to Cuba and back. The June 19-23 event is a non-profit event to benefit the Key West Community Sailing Center and other charities that promote ocean awareness and boating to young people. (see Press Release)The SilverHook Powerboats team, sponsored by Lucas Oil, will feature technology by IBM and Cisco to virtually engage fans world-wide in real-time. The speed record will be authenticated by the UIM, and sanctioned in the U.S. by APBA (American Powerboat Association). The SilverHook Powerboat drivers, Nigel Hook and Jay Johnson, have raced together for many years, have been inducted into the APBA Hall of Champions, and hold multiple Worlds Records, including the 500-mile record “Golden Gate to Queen Mary”. One week prior to the dates of the speed record event of June 19-23, the team will look at the forecasted weather and decide which day shows the most promise for this record attempt. As that day draws near the team will make a decision on which 3 hour time window is ideal to do the attempt. The entire round trip will be done during daylight hours only. Once the day and time is finalized, the team will begin the run supported by a chase plane with EMT/diver and full ALS equipment onboard that will follow the SilverHook vessel all the way to Cuba. In Cuba, the finish line will be set up with UIM and APBA officials along with Commodore Escrich aboard a vessel from Hemingway International Yacht Club to verify the record time. This vessel will set the finish line in the appropriate location in front of Castillo del Moro. The SilverHook vessel will stay at maximum speed until it passes the finish line. Then the team will make their way in front of the Malecon to allow their engines to cool as they give the Cuban people the opportunity to see the vessel. The vessel will make its way just inside Havana Harbor where the team will disembark and meet with Cuban dignitaries to do a brief press conference. The team will then re-embark and proceed to parade in front of the Malecon once again. When all systems are good to go, they will achieve maximum speed and cross the start line to begin the record back to Key West.