Two New World Speed Records

Apache Star to set New World Record between Key West and Havana

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Apache Star to Attempt Key West to Havana Speed Record on August 1, 2015

History will be made in Florida on Saturday, August 1, when the most famous offshore Deep-V race boat in US history will attempt to set a new world record for the fastest crossing between Key West and Havana.

The Apache Star – a two-time World Champion, Kevlar and carbon fiber Deep-V race boat capable of speeds in excess of 100 mph – will attempt to beat the current record with Apache Powerboats owner and offshore performance boating legend Mark McManus operating the throttles, and entrepreneur Roger Kluh driving. The crossing will mark the first time since 1963 that an American pleasure boat with an American crew has been authorized by the US government to visit Cuba.

The Apache Star – originally named Apache Heritage – broke multiple records and won two world championships in 1992 and 1993, writing powerboat history as the first sit-down Deep-V in the world. Once again wearing its famed number 50, the boat has received a number of modern upgrades as part of an extensive restoration effort in preparation for its record attempt – including new, custom–made helmets and Recaro racing bucket seats that utilize technologies developed for fighter jets. Twin Mercury Racing bi-turbo engines that generate a combined total of 2,700 horsepower have pushed the Apache Star to speeds of more than 115 knots in initial test drives.

It took more than two years to prepare the vessel for this historic mission, and more than three years to secure the necessary permits. The Apache Star will make history on Saturday August 1 – and perhaps set an all-new world speed record in the process.


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Driver and machine experiencing speeds of over 100 miles an hour, Apache Star is going to become a world breaking boat once again. Navigating through 3 to 6 foot seas, the Apache Star is the first recreational boat flying an American flag to arrive there with authorization in 50 years. Canonizing the number 50, synonymous with the Apache Star.


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Where is the Apache Star Departing From?

Stock Island Marina Village: 7009 Shrimp Rd, Key West, FL 33040

Lat: 24.56292 Long: 81.73975
Office Phone: (305) 294-2288
VHF CH. 16 during office hours
Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 5pm everyday

When is The Event Taking Place?

Apache Powerboats is proud to announce Apache Star will depart Key West en-route to Havana, Cuba on Saturday August 1, 2015. 

Departure Time: 9:30 AM – Key West

When Does Apache Star Return from Havana?

The Apache Star will depart Havana Cuba on Monday August 3, 2015 en-route to Key West, Florida.

Departure Time:  9:30 AM – Havana

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