The Salty Dawg Sailing Association has completed its first Rally to Cuba, structured for American boats. Vessels from other countries were welcome to participate, but the structure of the rally is set up to comply with US regulations on US flagged vessels and US citizens visiting Cuba.

The Rally departs Virgin Gorda, North Sound in late March and will be in Cuba April 5 – 18, 2017. The 14 day visit will support an educational-based people to-people exchange. The Rally complies with OFAC and US Coast Guard regulations. With the structured nature of the visit, in order to properly manage the activity, the Rally is being limited to 24 boats.

With the extreme interest in the Salty Dawg family in this Rally, the Rally has been 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 will make landfall in Havana and conduct most of its research activities in NW Cuba. This is still a large area to visit including in and around Havana, and villages and countryside on the north and south shores.  Rally fee is $300 for members, and $400 for non-SDSA Members.

This Salty Dawg Rally to Cuba will be groundbreaking, one of the largest organized American events to Cuba in many decades. And it will develop material of intense interest to the American cruising community.

REGISTER FOR THE RALLY   ¡Vamos a Cuba!   [Let’s go to Cuba!]

Of course this rally was completed in April 2017 to great reviews.  To see the Papers that resulted fro this visit, go to:  CUBA Today