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.