New rally race announced to Cuba

Posted: 07-Jun-15 10:14

A new offshore race and rally will see boats racing from Florida to Cuba in October of this year. The race is open to all experienced sailors with seaworthy cruising vessels. This race is the beginning of an exciting relationship between the sailing communities of the USA and Cuba.

New rally race announced to Cuba

A new offshore rally and race has been announced from Florida to Cuba and is planned for October 31, 2015. The Pensacola Yacht Club has made a preliminary announcement of the offshore race and rally that will travel from Pensacola, Florida to the Hemingway International Yacht Club in Havana.

This rally and race is aimed toward experienced sailors who are operating seaworthy cruising sailboats and it will be based towards cruiser sailboats, with the objective of doing an initial trail race to Cuba. If this goes well here is the possibility of an ongoing series of races between Florida and Cuba in the future.

There will be a starting window of up to three days in order to avoid poor weather at the discretion of the race committee or the participating skippers. There will also be a Bermuda start to the race so that the boats will not start en masse and they will finish closer together. The race will include all classes of Classic Cruisers that are older than 25 years and Modern Cruisers that are newer than 25 years. It will also include Multihull Cruisers and Racer Cruisers.

Any participants in the race will require licensing from the Department of Commerce, which will usually take around 30 to 45 days to issue.

The amateur race will be called the "Havana Challenge" and it will be the first race between the USA and Cuba to take place, due to the historic easing of restrictions that began in December. There has not been an event like this since 2000 due to the US restrictions on pleasure craft travelling to Cuba.

This new race will be a historic event and it will open up the possibility of more racing events in the future between the USA and Cuba. The organisers of the event have received the correct license and hope to make it an annual event. It will bring together the two nations and their strong sailing communities as well as contributing to travel and tourism within these two regions.


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