Nigel Hook and Jay Johnson have taken up the gauntlet accepting the challenge to compete in the 50th Anniversary of The Trinidad & Tobago Great Race on August 18, 2018. This historic event, with more than 40 boats registered, is a one-way endurance race beginning in the Port of Spain, navigating around Trinidad, then heading over the horizon to the finish in front of Store Bay, Tobago. After Hook and Johnson established a Guinness World Record and set APBA/UIM Speed Records from Key West to Cuba during the 2017 Ocean Cup, the duo began looking for their next challenge. Their focus quickly centered on The Trinidad & Tobago Great Race, an event first held in 1969 and one of the longest consecutively held powerboat races in the world. Hook’s team began working closely with the Trinidad and Tobago Power Boat Association (TTPBA) and with the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) to incorporate this historic event into the UIM’s 2018 calendar as a sanctioned speed record.Satcom Direct, provider of global connectivity solutions, has rejoined the Lucas Oil team by fully integrating satellite equipment with the t3lemetry system and will be supporting the live broadcast of data and audio from the command center during The Great Race. Fans around the world will be able watch the speeds, GPS position, engine data, heart rates, and listen to the shore-to-cockpit conversations of the #77 Lucas Oil SilverHook.FAN DASHBOARD FOR LIVE RACEHook says, “This is fantastic! Thanks to Satcom Direct, once again we will be transmitting IoT data LIVE via satellite from the deep blue water up to IBM’s cloud. Fans around the world will remain connected as Jay and I head out over the horizon to Tobago.”“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. This will be a great challenge because frequently only 50% of the competitors make it to the finish line,” said Hook. “We’re looking forward to rough water and fierce competitors, and to forging lasting friendships. The Great Race is the perfect showcase for the #77 Lucas Oil SilverHook!”The 2018 Ocean Cup – Trinidad & Tobago Great Race – starts at 8am EST, August 18th.