Ven a Cuba con Nosotros! Come to Cuba with us, starting April 30, 2017. Now’s the time to get your crew and boat ready and plan to enter the 2017 Pensacola a la Habana Race.
This second biennial race from Pensacola Bay to the Marina Hemingway Sea Buoy near Havana Cuba is a 511 nautical mile ocean race that is a challenge to all — cruisers, racer/cruisers and all-out race boats. Entry will be open to multi-hulls and mono-hulls, amateurs and professionals and everything in between.
Cruiser boats should expect to cover the course in about four days, racers less. Giving ample time for recovery and rehydration, the Castillo del Morro Race, a race including additional boats flagged in or visiting Cuba, is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017 followed by trophy presentations.
Sean Hickey, Race Chairman for the Pensacola Yacht Club (PYC), said, “Last December PYC Commodore Alan McMillan and Commodore Escrich of the Hemingway International Yacht Club (HIYC) signed a Letter of Agreement to stage the second Pensacola a la Habana Race in the spring of 2017.
That date has been confirmed now for the start from Pensacola on Sunday, 30 April so boats should finish before the weekend, in time to enjoy Cuba and a fun race with the locals and other international visitors.”
Commodore Escrich noted from Cuba, “We reaffirm the willingness of Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba to ensure that the Pensacola Havana Race has all the possible and necessary success to be a prestigious embassy of friendship between our two institutions and the people of the United States and Cuba. For me, the Board of Directors and members of HIYC of Cuba will be happy to provide all possible support for the 2017 edition of the Pensacola-Havana Regatta to (make it) more successful than last year.”
by Talbot Wilson