THE SALTY DAWG RALLY TO CUBA

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The first Salty Dawg Rally to Cuba was completed in April 2017 to great reviews.  To see the Papers that resulted from this visit, go to:  CUBA Today

The event was structured for American boats. Vessels from other countries were welcome to participate, but the structure of the rally was set up to comply with US regulations on US flagged vessels and US citizens visiting Cuba. We are awaiting clarification of U.S. policy before scheduling another Rally to Cuba.

The Rally departed Virgin Gorda, North Sound in late March and spent he maximum allowable time in Cuba,  April 5 – 18, 2017. The 14 day visit supported an educational-based people to-people exchange. The Rally complied with OFAC and US Coast Guard regulations. With the structured nature of the visit, in order to properly manage the activity, the Rally was limited to 24 boats.

With the extreme interest in the Salty Dawg family in this Rally, the Rally was oversubscribed just from vessels that participated in the Fall Rally and are already in the Caribbean.

The Rally is a natural, downwind passage from the Caribbean back to the US, via Cuba. In order to conduct the proper research in support of this educational activity, and with the time constraint from various regulations and American insurance companies, the Rally made landfall in Havana and conduct most of its research activities in NW Cuba. This was still a large area to visit including in and around Havana, and villages and countryside on the north and south shores.  Rally fee was $300 for members, and $400 for non-SDSA Members.

Our first Salty Dawg Rally to Cuba was groundbreaking, one of the largest organized American events to Cuba in many decades. And we believe our efforts developed material of intense interest to the American cruising community.

To see the Papers that resulted from this visit, go to:  CUBA Today

 

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