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Posted July 21, 2009 by publisher in Legal Travel to Cuba

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John A. Webster
Founder and Commodore
The Cuba Run 2010

The Cuba Run 2010 is a regatta for beach catamarans planned to take place mid November 2010, will be from Key West to Cuba and back, and will include the opportunity for Cuban Youth Sailors to be an integral part of an very intensive hands on one day Cultural Exchange.

The Cultural Exchange that is planned for this regatta to Cuba includes two events that will be held on Saturday, 13th November 2010. This exchange of ideas and sailing instruction is intended to provide the Youth Sailors of Cuba an opportunity to hear it first hand from some of the best beach catamaran sailors in the USA. They will not only be able to interact with these individuals personally but will also have the opportunity to actually sail with them in a regatta.

The two events planed include a CHALK BOARD discussion on Long Distance Beach Catamaran Sailing covering such topics as boat selection, equipment requirements, physiological and other mental pressures as well as selecting your crew for the event, safety requirements and other relevant topics. An extended question and answer session will be provided at the end of the class.

The second event of the day will be an OCEAN REGATTA where Cuban youth sailors will team up with an experienced long distance sailor to sail a mini regatta out front of the Marina Hemingway in the open ocean. This mini regatta will consist of a minimum of two races with the course being set in a triangular pattern, the intent of which is to impart actual first hand sailing knowledge to the youth sailor participants. The participants from the Cuba Run regatta will provide boats and skippers.

The expectations from this event include raising the level of youth sailing and promote greater participation in sailing by Cuban youth. A possible annual beach catamaran regatta and further, a possible four-day long distance regatta covering up to 500 kilometers of the Cuban Island coastline could also be a spin off from this event.

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  1. Follow up post #1 added on July 21, 2009 by John Webster with 3 total posts

    For more information please visit the Cuba Run 2010 web site at http://groups.google.com/group/the-cuba-run

  2. Follow up post #2 added on July 25, 2009 by Wally Moran

    Please keep me up to date on this via your media list. I write for SAIL and also Waterway Guide and will be speaking at the Annapolis Boat Show this fall on cruising Cuba.

    Wally Moran

  3. Follow up post #3 added on December 17, 2009 by etoken with 2 total posts

    My mom and dad (dad just suddenly passed away this past July) had a sailboat they used across the carribean and south america. While they loved the idea of visiting Cuba, they never broke the U.S. law to enter the waters there.

    Last month, while the boat was en route to Key West, a third party captain hired by my mom somehow ran the boat into a reef in cuban waters. The U.S. coast guard was able to rescue the men off the sailboat, but the Cuban coast guard allowed only the rescue of men, not the boat itself.

    Sort of reaching at straws here but… We are trying to determine the outcome of mom’s boat - Sailing Vessel Columbine - a 40 foot Valiant sailboat. This is a very tragic end to a very beautiful boat, and a continued tragic end to the beautiful life of my father.

    Any words of wisdom on this topic greatly appreciated…

  4. Follow up post #4 added on December 17, 2009 by John Webster with 3 total posts

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss and the loss of the sail boat she sounds like a wonderful machine.
    Do you have the coordinates of the grounding by any chance?
    The only thing that I could recommend is that you contact the Commodore of the Hemmingway Marina in Cuba and see if he can help. He is an excellent chap. His name is Comodoro Escrich
    His contact email address is .. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Good luck…

  5. Follow up post #5 added on December 17, 2009 by etoken

    thank you so much. I will contact the Commodore for sure. thank you. This is new and helpful info.

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