sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Australia Cruising USA Cruising Canada Boats for Sale Sail-World Racing Photo Gallery FishingBoating
Photo Gallery FishingBoating Video Gallery Newsletters

 

Sail-World.com : Sarasota Yacht Club holds its breath for permission to sail to Cuba

Sarasota Yacht Club holds its breath for permission to sail to Cuba

'Sarasota Yacht Club'    .

American sailors, in the form of the Sarasota Yacht Club, want to sail to Havana, Cuba. The fact that Cuba has been off-limits to American citizens for over 50 years only seems to make it more attractive, but their hopes will be dashed if they don't get positive word from the US government this month.

Sailing to Havana in the Sarasota to Havana Regatta used to be a fine tradition, until it was stopped in the late 50's because Fidel Castro's takeover of Cuba and then the frozen relations between the USA and island.

Sailors of other nationalities who have been sailing there in the meantime tell of idyllic anchorages and welcoming people, with a relaxed lifestyle 'reminiscent of the 50's'. But this didn't mean anything for Americans until President Barack Obama loosened restrictions on US citizens travelling to the island last month.

Even though they have been lobbying - and failing - for years to make the revival of the annual regatta a reality, some in the Sarasota Yacht Club think that 2011 could be different

'This could be the year,' Donald Payzant, president of the SYC Foundation, told the Herald Tribune?nid=80025 recently. SYC organizers say politics do not play into the plan to voyage en masse to Havana in May.

'Our interest in the race is not political, but Cuba is obviously a destination of interest in the sailing community,' he added. 'Everybody and their uncle wants to go to Cuba.'

Politics, however, are inseparable from what was once an annual boating festival, with the allure helped by the fact that the island is a mere 260 miles from the United States.

Whether the Obama administration's relaxed rules have successfully percolated down from the White House will be tested as the group awaits word on approval for licenses to travel south.

Hemingway Yacht Club -  .. .  
The club has applied for permission to dock at the Port of Havana, where the commodore of the Hemingway International Yacht Club has for the second year invited its members to compete in the Regatta Castillo del Morro, an international boating race.

The Sarasota to Havana Regatta is slated for May 14, with a week of pre-race parties and events in Cuba. If SYC leaders do not get approval by Feb. 15, the event will be cancelled, and that date is approaching very fast.

Last year, a similar plan was ignored by US officials, who simply didn't reply to the application until it had to be cancelled.

In 1994 a regatta was allowed, and 86 sailing boats made the voyage to a thunderous welcome from the Cubans, in the form of the Hemingway International Yacht Club.

The 1994 regatta — the only official attempt to revive the historic race born in the 1930s — was orchestrated by the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, the yacht club's non-profit counterpart, which received much criticism for its attempt to revive the traditional festival. In that year, the attempted rebirth of the annual regatta was branded a humanitarian effort, and boaters loaded food, medical supplies and toys for Cuban youth. However, they weren't allowed to shop in Cuba, and had to take all their own food and water. Even so, the criticism the organisation received left such a bad taste that the event was not tried again the next year.

In the following years, though, some sailors still ventured to the island despite the embargo, at least until 2004, when two organizers of a race from Key West to Cuba were indicted for violating the Trading With the Enemy Act. This effectively ensured that most Americans would give the island a wide berth in their Caribbean wanderings.

If the regatta is allowed to go ahead in 2011, the SYC hopes to provide about $300,000 from boater registration fees to charities, including Sarasota's Mote Marine Laboratory and the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program.

The organisers from both the SYC and the Hemingway International Yacht Club see their sailing exploits as the first steps in open cultural exchange between the two nations and are hopeful new directives from the White House can clear the way.

By February 15, we'll all know...




by Des Ryan

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=80025

5:43 AM Sun 6 Feb 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Adventure Sailing

Related News Stories:

08 Nov 2013  Two solo sailor Septuagenarians doing oldest/fastest circumnavigations
19 Oct 2013  Dream building - young Indian sailor in smallest boat circumnavigation
31 Aug 2013  Sailing dream-turned-nightmare by trekking accident
19 Aug 2013  North West Passage - ice levels alarming for transiting yachts
17 Aug 2013  North West Passage in 33ft Dodo's Delight - gales already
16 Jul 2013  Polish crew to circumnavigate the North Pole in Lady Dana
09 Jul 2013  Sailor Jeanne Socrates, world's oldest non-stop female circumnavigator
08 Jul 2013  Circumnavigating French sailor in 8ft boat rescued in Torres Strait
22 Jun 2013  Jeanne Socrates - near to victory in Victoria
16 Jun 2013  Book Review: 'Suddenly Overboard' by Tom Lochhaas
MORE STORIES ...

Sail-World Cruising News - local and the World





Death by Dinghy by Allan Riches Brunei Bay Radio,










A case of crossed wires? A shocking situation! by Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager,










Canal Boating in the Alsace with the Galley Guys by Greg Nicoll with John Armstrong,


World ARC fleet arrives in Darwin by World Cruising Club,


Dangers of the Dinghy trip back to your boat by Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,


European Odyssey visits Porto by Cornell Sailing,






Where in the world are our strongest corals? by Hanny Rivera - Cohen's Lab,














Barnacle Busting by Neil and Ley Langford,


From Penguins to Polar Bears by Cherie Winner,








NCI granted dedicated VHF Channel by National Coastwatch,


Positive news for cruising boats in Greece by The Cruising Association,




Are You Sailing with 'Weak Links' in your sailing rigging?
Week-long cruise turns into 16-year round-the-world voyage
World ARC fleet cruising the Coral Coast
Four rescued after narrow boat collides with houseboat
Yacht penalized for calling unannounced into Port Resolution
Galley Guys on the Malty Seas
Blue Planet Odyssey - Beset in Arctic Bay ice + Video
European Odyssey - La Coruña a big hit for the boats participating
Garcia Yachts Exploration 45 - Jimmy Cornell's newest adventure
Sustainable Seafood - How to purchase with confidence
Risks to penguin populations continues
ARC Baltic fleet head from Helsinki to Stockholm
Follow these tips when anchoring
Swedish couple rescued off Cook Islands
Refurbished Protector project 'better than buying new'
Galley Guys meet the Spice Lady
North American Rally to the Caribbean - Get prepared to head south
If all else fails read the instructions!!
ARC Baltic fleet cruising and anchoring in the Finnish archipelago
Phuket Yacht Show: new kid on the block taking on PIMEX? *Feature
Sea and Summit leg seven - Rain fails to dampen Tash's spirits   
RYA meets with Government over latest red diesel development   
Endangered species are like Movie Stars - Charlie Sheens and Tom Hanks   
Halong becomes a Super Typhoon; Japan in harm's way   
Vanuatu Customs making life easier for visiting cruising yachts   
Baltic 4 Nations rally is now in full swing   
Tropical Storm Bertha expected to become a typhoon   
Flags at Sea, an infographic by John Tissott   
Cruising lessons from ocean racers   
Procedures set out for waterborne visitors to Vanuatu   
17-year-old RNLI volunteer saves child in first rescue mission + Video   
Teen names latest RNLI Shannon class lifeboat in Poole + Video   
RYA Sea Survival Handbook – 2nd edition now available   
Fascinating opportunity with OceansWatch   
Lobster Thermidor - Making Julia proud   
Fake GPS signals detected when cruising the high seas   
Our new Cruising Editor editor remembers his first offshore adventure   
World Odyssey Race - Bringing back the Corinthian spirit   
Blue Planet Odyssey - Jimmy Cornell playing catch up on North West Pa   
Blue Planet Odyssey Rally - Raising climate change awareness   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph, contact the photographer directly.
XLXL VIR CRU NH
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT