A Cultural Exchange Event
November 12 - 15, 2010Location: Key West, Florida to Cuba and back! Event Website
The boats: Catamarans from 18 feet through 22 feet long and max.12 feet wide, with spinnakers will be allowed to enter this race. Event rules and an official Event Notice will be ready by the time this event receives official State Department clearance.
Day 1. Depart Key West at 10 AM … this will be an ON THE WATER start with one end of the start line being the White Road Pier and the other end will be the committee boat. This leg is approx. 95 nautical miles to the Hemingway Marina.
Cuban Customs and Immigrations will be cleared at the Marina … all sailors will be assisted with this formality by members of the Yacht Club.
Check into the Hotel Old Man and the Sea then return to the Yacht Club at 9 PM for a Welcome drink and Banquette dinner. A live band will play Cuban dance tunes for those that still have some energy left!
Day 2. of the event will consist of a sailing seminar held at the Hemingway Yacht Club, Cuba and a Regatta held in Open Ocean just out front of the Hemingway Marina, Cuba.
This is the basis for the event and the Cultural Exchange part of the Regatta. The Sailing Seminar will be a chalkboard discussion of the finer points of Catamaran sailing in open water over long distances. The Cuban Catamaran Regatta will consist of a min of 4 races and will in itself be a stand alone event … Cuban Youth sailors will be encouraged to participate.
Day 3. This will be a rest day and tours of Havana are planed … this will give the sailors a chance to experience the true Cuba, it’s people, food and music.
All sailors have FREE TIME this evening …
Day 4. Will be the return long distance sail from Cuba to Key West … The start line for this leg will be from the entrance marker of the Marina to the Committee boat The open ocean section will be approx. 95 miles with Customs and Immigration being cleared in Key West (Exact details to be worked out.)