Havana Challenge Ends, More Regattas to Cuba on the Horizon


After six days of meetings, sports competitions and sailings, the U.S. regatta Havana Challenge concludes today with its return to Key West, while the Cubans are preparing to receive another race from the north.


The 20 sailboats with 100 American citizens return today to their country, and already announced the arrival of another regatta from that country, in this case from Sarasota, Florida, as well as the arrival tomorrow of grandchildren of novelist Ernest Hemingway.

The Havana Challenge regatta arrived in Havana on May 16 on a journey that took them to the Marina Hemingway yacht club in west Havana, where most of the events of this nature take place.

The 65th Ernest Hemingway International Marlin Fishing Tournament, one of the oldest events of this kind worldwide, will be held in that site, and about 10 U.S. sailboats are already registered, using the flexibilities of the ties between Washington and Havana, since December 17, 2014.

Havana Challenge represented the first race of its kind in 15 years, because it was previously suspended due to U.S. measures against Cuba.

During the days the U.S. sailboats stayed in Cuba, a competition of the Hobie Cat 16 and an exhibition at the Havana’s Malecon coastline until the harbor entrance to this city, were carried out.