Sunday, September 10, 2017

Watching Hurricane Irma Closely

Our hearts go out to all the people affected by Irma and of course by Harvey.  We are very fortunate to have visited the Virgin Islands this past Christmas/New Year, and now to see the devastation of the islands is just so awful.  What a terrible time of recent weather systems.  our hearts go out to everyone impacted.  This really brings home the impact weather can have and why we always try to have "no schedule" when it comes to making sailing plans.

We are fortunate, at least right now, to be located out of the major areas of impact for both Harvey and Irma (predicted).  We do have a beach place at Cape San Blas, FL which we are watching closely and expecting some impact.  I put up storm shutters and boarded up on Friday, but was just amazed by the apparent lack of preparations that most people had made. I saw only a handful of properties that had made any preparations.

Irma's Path Prediction (Thursday)
Yes, as of Thursday, the path was predicted up central Florida, but we have seen constant incremental shifts west, placing this area closer to the path.  These things have to be taken seriously and conservatively - so the shutters are up and we are hoping for minimal impacts.  As of today (Sunday), it looks like Irma will skirt the west coast of Florida and it is hitting the Keys as I write this.  So the next 2 days will be critical for the Forgotten Coast area.  So aptly named, that i suspect it will get minimal news coverage, and yet it is in my opinion the most pristine area of Florida.  A further shift west would not be good for us.

At this point, there is no "good" or even "better" path for Irma - wherever this thing goes, people and property will be severely impacted.



Irma's Predicted Path (Sunday, Sept 10)
Cape San Blas Beaches (Friday)

We have all heard the saying "the calm before the storm".....well here's a photo of Cape San Blas beaches taken Friday Sept 8.  I have never seen it look so peaceful and beautiful.  It really brought a tear to my eye to wonder what it will look like on my next visit.


I am planning to head overseas on Tuesday (hopefully) until the end of the month.  Since we are still in the height of H-season, I will be stripping the boat of all canvas today, including sails, and spidering Midnight Sun into her slip.  A precautionary measure, and I hope I am proved to be paranoid.  I have great neighbors that will look out for her while I am away - but still, best to be prepared.  I will try to post photos of the preparations.

Back on the "Lost Bay" (Perdido Bay), sailing friends compete for the Commodore's Cup at Point YC., taking advantage of the 20 kt winds already spawned off Irma.
Commodore's Cup Participant - Point YC



Saturday, August 19, 2017

Dauphin Island Cruise - Forgotten Location?

This was a short but new adventure and we discovered a great new anchorage for us - so I thought I would share the details with anyone that may be interested.

We had spent the weekend in one of our regular and favorite locations, Ft. McCree, adjacent to Pensacola inlet.  We had to go home for a little of that 4-letter word.......W@@K, but since I am now semi-retired and working less hours (at least in theory), we should make time for a cruise - right?  Well that is why I cut my working hours (and salary) in half).  Talking to our best friends Larry and Tracy - they were planning to head back to Atlanta and in Larry's words he had a large dose of the "I don't want to's".  So it took no persuading them to join us on this little impromptu jaunt on thier boat S/V TraSea.  Fist stop  - home, to fulfill a couple of commitments, re-provision, top off water and fuel etc.

Given the wind direction, we decided to go "inside" or via the ICW.  First stop - a very short hop to Ingram's Bayou.  And I mean a short stop - just a couple of miles west, but at least we were off the dock.  We anchored and ate dinner at restaurant under new ownership - GT's on the Bay.....a great improvement over the former "Cayman Grill" and a moderate dinghy ride from Ingrams.  The food was good - so a thumbs up for GTs! http://gtsonthebay.com/.  So stop there and support them if you have a chance.  They have a long dock into the bay - but its looked like about 4 ft draft.  But they have excellent dinghy docks.

The next day, with a reasonably early start, we headed west on the ICW towards Mobile Bay.  Amazingly, this was the furthest we had sailed west - we ALWAYS go East.  The ICW trip was fairly interesting.  We did hit the bottom once on the north side, just about a mile west of the Wharf.  That was a surprise, but a soft sandy hit at low speed - so a little more care for the remainder of the trip.

We exited the ICW into Mobile Bay and continued west on the marked ICW channel.  Depths in the channel were fine but the charts were showing about 7-8 ft just outside.  The bay was flat calm and the pop-up storms stayed away.  I could not help but recall the tragic Dauphin Island Race (April 25, 2015)  - from just a couple of years earlier.  Thoughts went out to those that lost their lives on that tragic day, and it served as a reminder that the Gulf and local bays must be treated with respect and care.  As an aside, if you are interested in an account of the Dauphin Island Race tragedy, please see this link - it provides an excellent account of things. Dauphin Island Race.

After intercepting the Ship Channel, we headed south for a short distance until we were between makers Green 15 and Green 13 in the main ship channel.  Caution and a good look-out is essential as the ship channel is narrow and quite heavily trafficked by a variety of cargo ships.  Also look out for the ferry which crosses between Ft. morgan and Dauphin Island .
Anyway, from our mark on the ship channel, we then turned WNW carefully crossing the shoal areas shown on the chart.  Note - the marked depths were as low as 2.4 ft, but Active Captain said it was typically 12 ft.  We crossed the area cautiously and without issue seeing no less than 11-12 ft.(at close to high tide).  We then headed for the anchorage tucked in the corner of Dauphin Island and Pelican Island.  Apparently, Pelican Island shifts regularly based on currents, storms etc., but at the time we were there it provided a great anchorage protected from the waves on almost all sides.  Some people had reported "rolly" conditions in there, but it was flat calm for us with winds coming out of the SW.  Here's a larger blow-up of the chart.  Hopefully this is legible and you can see our track in.
 

The depths in the center were generally 10-12 ft, with a sandy bottom that seemed to provide very good holding.  The dunes on Pelican were pretty small, so wind protection in a blow could be an issue.  Waves should be no problem in anything but an E wind - and even then, there are couple of sand fingers that you could tuck in behind.

Pelican Island (outside)
 In the anchorage and we were pleasantly surprised by the water quality, relatively clean beaches, excellent wildlife.....and wait for it, a Pub!  Yes, Pirates Bar is on the south shore of dauphin Island with easy access by dinghy.  The food was good. The place is definitely "vintage 1960s", but friendly staff, reasonable prices, and dog friendly (in the outside area).  They also have a pool, but we did not check it out.  Apparently you can use the pool for a daily charge of $6.





Beaches/low dunes - Pelican Island

Salty had a blast running on the deserted beaches of Pelican island and swimming in the surf.  This really is a great spot to visit and apparently not too many stop by this way.  I think the reason is largely due to two things: (i)  the need to cross Mobile Bay; and (ii) the waters in the Mobile Bay area are typically more brown due to upland runoff when compared to the coastline of Pensacola/Orange Beach and areas east.


We stayed a couple of nights and then returned to Pensacola.  With winds (light) out of the SW, it was a great opportunity to sail on the outside (Gulf) back to Pensacola Pass.  We re-traced our track back to the ship channel, headed a little further south before striking east towards Pensacola.  Again - care and a careful lookout for shipping!







We got a great view of Sand island Light and the many oil and gas platforms, wellheads etc. in the gulf and entrance to Mobile Bay.  Again - care needed.  Surprisingly not everything is marked on the charts.

The trip back started as a "motor-sail", but the wind built and it turned into a great sail back with the winds building from our rear quarter, we hit 7-8 kts under sail.......and without spilling a drop of my drink!



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Fast Women?

What - Fast Women...count me in!!

Actually, the Fast Women Race is a sailing race hosted by Point Yacht Club, Josephine, AL.  The race is held annually on Perdido Bay and is the last in a trilogy of races (Roses, Bikini, and Fast Women)   on the Gulf Coast which are held during the summer and count towards earning the Overall Women’s Sailing Trilogy Trophy. 




Close Encounters!

After some doubts about the weather.......our forecast from the previous day was for storms with wind gusts up to 30 kts, race committee decided to go ahead.  While it was overcast, the storms were not materializing and the winds were pretty steady in the teens.  Janet was invited to crew on Hula Girl - a wonderful Sabre 42 owned and John and Jody Horner.  The race was a great success.  Well enough about me writing about it.  




Watch the video!  Click on the link below..  Sorry if you live in France or some of its island derivatives.....the copyright people have blocked the video in some countries because I used some copyright music! - oh well...my bad!  And thank you girls from Florabama for posing!



Saturday, July 22, 2017

New Video Added to YouTube - Cuba Race 2017

For anyone interested, I have just added a new video to our collection.  This is the first in a 3-part series about the Pensacola to Havana Rce 2017.  Part 1 shows our participation in the race - we were crew on S/V Night Sky, a beautiful Tartan 4400.  Part 2 will follow soon and shows our road trip to the south side of Cuba.  Part 3 will be the return trip home to Pensacola.



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Monday, July 17, 2017

Bringing the Cuba Adventure to a Close

Time Flies!  its mid July and time to start planning for the next trip!.  First a brief closure on the Cuba trip.

Cayo Levisa

After visiting the south side of the island, it was time to pack up, say our goodbye's and get ready for the trip home.  But first, we would sneak in a trip to Cayo Levisa by boat.  We had visited the barrier island of Cayo Levisa on our last cruise (2016), and really loved it.
Beaches - Cayo Levisa

We had talked it up to the rest of the crew - and the 6 musketeers were in!  We would have liked to clear out of Cuba (customs, immigration) from Cayo Levisa and head straight to Florida.  However, this is not possible as it is not a Port of Entry.  So we were required to return via Hemingway.  For more details on Cayo Levisa, please take a look at our posts in June 2016.  but hers are a few pics of this year's visit.
We had a wonderful return trip from Cuba - perhaps the highlight was seeing whales in the Straits of Florida.  I have some video - so look out for the posting of the 2017 Cuba Video.  Such an amazing sight. We always love to see dolphins - but talk about dolphins on steroids!









Night sky at Anchor - Cayo Levisa

Our favorite abandoned Bar - still there!

Going Yacht Clubbing!

I am going to keep this to a brief post as we have now traveled north up the west side of Florida several times and there are a number of posts on this site about the trips we have made.  our route this time was as follows:

  • Havana to Naples
  • Naples to Sarasota Yacht Club
  • Sarasota YC to St. Petersburg YC
  • St. Petersburg YC to Pensacola


Naples YC

Yes, this was a YC-crawl!  why you may ask?

Tampa Bay and the Skyway Bridge
Well that's very simple.  As members of Pensacola YC, we are members of the Florida Counsel of Yacht Clubs.  This provides the benefit of reciprocity.  And each club allows fellow members to stay one night free on thier transient dock.  So - given dock prices in south Florida, this equates to a savings of $100-200 per night.  A great benefit that not enough folks take advantage of.  And in addition, most are extremely nice places to hang out with nice pools, bars, and restaurants.  Incidentally, restaurant charges are also directly billed to your home YC account.  So it feels like you are staying for free.........well until the monthly statement comes!

So, there you go.  Here's my little ad for YC membership.  Some clubs are hurting, so support your local Yacht Club!

All of the legs on the return trip were "daysails"except Havana to Naples (one overnight) and St. Pete's to Pensacola (2-nights).

Sarasota YC

Lobby - Sarasota YC


















The sailing was good - no storms.  We did motor for several stretches to keep up the speed, but it was a great trip home, and by the time we got to Pensacola we were about ready to be home. - But definitely in that nice "Home-Sweet-Home" way.  This had truly been a spectacular trip.  Looking back over everything - the race was fun and had some highs and lows (largely weather-related); the time in Cuba was amazing!  We really enjoyed visiting the south side of the island as well as once again visiting the barrier island of Cayo Levisa.  And the return legs were a great opportunity to just wind down a little.

Night Sky Arrives Home - Bray Marina!




And I have to say this - what an amazing crew.  Its quite a feat to put 6 people on a boat for close to 3 weeks and never have a ruffled feather.  I just don't think  we could have got along together any better.  as a crew, we worked together extremely well.  Ron and Julie are amazing hosts, and insist on preparing all meals.  Not just meals - spectacular meals.  Thank you guys for allowing us to join you on Night Sky.  I know that Larry and Tracy also share that same sentiment.  We became the 6-musketeers!.....and had a wonderful adventure together.

And how better to end a trip!

Oh but wait......there's more!  one more party at PYC to celebrate the winners and safe return of the race participants.

Capt. Bob Kriegel and crew of Arcadia - winning boat!



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Touring Cuba

Well we made it to Havana and since this was out third visit, we had decided not to make Havana the focus of this trip, but to explore some other areas.  Of course, we could not completely omit Havana and there were indeed still plenty of sights to see in the Havana area.

So rather than explore old Havana as we had done on several occasions (see Oct/Nov 2015 and June 2016), we decided that we would limit time in Havana to hearing some traditional music and also taking a look around the Mosaic district which is within walking distance of Marina Hemingway.

On our visit to the Mosaic district (an area where the homes and streets are decorated with mosaic-type art), we met up with friends and a person that I had been in touch with by email to set up some other side trips.  In fact - two brothers - Adonis and Jonny.  These guys were fantastic and really looked after us in terms of transportation to anywhere we needed to go.

Adonis had arranged for his brother to set us up with transportation for an overnight  trip to the south side of the island.  But first, we took a day and a night off in Havana.  We took a leisurely stroll in the Mosaic district, had a great lunch with local music and that night we visited the Bueno Vista Social Club in Havana.  This is a local "night club" where they play the traditional "big band" music of Havana from the 50s.  We had heard reports that this place was a "tourist trap" but did not really see any evidence of it.  Many of the people in the club seemed to be fairly wealthy Cubans and some european tourists.  The band and singers were very good - some excellent musicians.  The drinks were "tourist reasonable" and the food was basic - definately a place to visit for music and not dining.

To me the highlight of this trip was the road trip we made to the south side of Cuba.  As stated, we had arranged this in advance - well sort of, through our new friends Adonis and Jonny.  We were a bit skeptical about how this would go, but it was fantastic.  We expected a rental car and a hotel reservation, but what we got was a mini-van with driver, tour guide (Jonny) and overnight accommodations in a cuban home - in fact it was Jonny's in-laws.

Main Street - Cienfuegos
We had a great time and visited Cienfuegos, Trinidad, the Bay of Pigs, and Zapata National Park - an "eco-park"located near Giron.

El Palatino Bar - Cienfuegos











On the outward trip we stopped in Cienfuegos for a little sight-seeing and for an excellent lunch.  We visited the downtown area and also the water front.


We then continued on to the small town of Trinidad,located slightly inland from the coast this an old historic town on the south side of Cuba.  Trinidad is a town in central Cuba, known for its colonial old town and cobblestone streets. Its neo-baroque main square, Plaza Mayor, is surrounded by grand colonial buildings. Museo Romántico, in the restored Palacio Brunet mansion, and Museo de Arquitectura Colonial display relics from the town’s sugar-producing era. Iglesia de la Santísima is a 19th-century cathedral with a vaulted ceiling and carved altars.

Typical cobbled street - Trinidad

Accommodation in a Cuban home

The accomodation was basic.  THe home we stayed in opened onto a cobbled street.  It was basic, but very clean and the owners were extremely nice, providing us with drinks, snacks, and breakfast the following morning.  We learned that many homes are now opening their own "business" as pensions.  And to me, this is the way to experience Cuba!

We learned that Trinidad never closes with many establishments open 24/7!  There were many quaint bars, most with music and dancing.  We ate a great dinner at Taberna Botisa.  This was probably the busiest restaurant we saw - and for good reason!  The food was top notch and the prices very cheap.  We thought we were in for a long wait. But our guide, Jonny of course knew the Owner and we were seated in minutes.
View from the Church Belltower


The next day we did more sightseeing and on the return trip to
Havana visited the Bay of Pigs and Zapata National Park - an eco-park with wild crocodiles...or "cocodrillos"...This became one of our favorite words!

By the time we got back to Havana, we were exhausted....but one funny thing..we asked our driver to take us for a traditional "Cuban Sandwich".  Well that was interesting.  From what we were told the cuban sandwich we know if a south Florida invention.  Cubans eat sandwiches when they are poor.....so, reluctantly we were taken for a Cuban sandwich.....to a gas station....and it was a slice of ham, cheese, on a bread roll.  Not something I would hold my breath for!....but it made for a good laugh!  Anyway - if you happen to be in Havana and need a great tour guide, please consider contacting Jonny or Adonis!  They were great!


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pensacola to Havana Race 2017....The Race Scoop!

The race was scheduled for a start on April 30.  Participants were assembled at Pensacola Yacht Club.  We were very fortunate in that Commodore Escrich of the Hemingway International Yacht Club was in the area visiting several Gulf yacht clubs.  We were able to have him join us for a pre-race celebration.
Commodore Escrich visits PYC


We held the Skipper's Meeting at 16:00 with a cold front and thunderstorms approaching. Our Weather Consultants, WRI were advising of strong thunderstorms in the area as the cold front passed through.  Our race committee made the decision to postpone until Monday at 2pm.  In my mind a very wise decision even though a few of the racers and modern cruisers wanted to go.  The night proved the point.  We heard reports of cleats pulling out in Palafox Marina and 6 boats breaking free at Barber Marina under 50+ kt winds.  Why anyone would put to sea voluntarily in these conditions beats me - but I'm a cruiser and know that schedule can be a killer!  As a post-race note, I spoke to WRI a few days later and they commented "thank God you postponed...." ironically, it was also the anniversary of the very tragic Dauphin Island Race which was also postponed and re-scheduled. 

Anyway....fast forward to the race.  We were crew on Night Sky, A beautiful Tartan 4400.  So, I prepared a log of the race, and decided that the best things to do is to publish that with no edits - so apologies for typos and bad grammar, as this was prepared largely underway when the weather conditions permitted.
Crew of Night Sky  - Leaving Pensacola

Log of the Race

Monday - May 1

After a postponed start, the race commenced at 2pm Monday, May 1.   It was a beautiful day in Pensacola Bay with light winds.  PYC staff had done an amazing job of entertaining participants during the delay.  The postponed start was a good decision after the previous night, where 60 mph winds were measured in the Pensacola area.   With reports of boats breaking from their moorings in Barber Marina, and dock cleats breaking in Palafox marina, most sailors were relieved about the postponement.  Of course there were a few die-hards and blow-hards (every pun intended) that wanted to go despite the known storm.  I personally believe our race committee, headed by PRO Dr. Richard Brent made an excellent call.  I see no reason to go out there knowing that you are going to be in storm conditions.  Dealing with it appropriately after the start is completely appropriate in my mind. 

With separate starts about 5 minutes apart for the three divisions of Racers, Modern Cruisers, and Classic Cruisers, the fleet left the start line and headed up Pensacola Bay and out to sea on a light breeze. 
We soon saw the racers disappear ahead of us together some of the faster Modern Cruisers. Conditions were excellent and as the winds built, we had a wonderful sail. In the evening and night hours the winds died, but the seas were still lumpy form the previous day storms. We resisted the urge to motor and persevered sometimes at speeds of less than 2 kts.  Before nightfall we raised the spinnaker to improve speed, but doused it as we lost light.  

Tuesday - May 2

By morning we suspected we had lost some ground on the fleet as we suspected that other boats likely motored. This was confirmed at radio check-in when the boats we could hear reported their positions. We had not motored. We had another great sail during daylight hours and selected a strategy of getting to the east of the rhumb line. We felt this was the place to be to minimize our time in dead wind, and for best position when the winds would return from the NE. 

With nightfall came the expected lull in winds.  We again tried the spinnaker, but that wasn't helping, so we made the decision to motor until winds returned. During the night, we chatted with a few other participants, and learned that Acadia was having engine issues.  We offered some suggestions as did other boats and we understand that the issues was late resolved. We motored through the night until the winds returned. 

Wednesday- May 3

Seas were flat with no wind to speak of during the night. At sunrise, the wind returned from the NE to E.  it was right at sunrise - 6am. We quickly stopped the motor, recorded information on our motoring log, and trimmed  the sails. With wind close to the beam, and winds popping up to the mid teens, we were sailing at a very respectable 6.5-7 kts. 

No other vessels were in sight. Who motored? Who persevered and sailed last night?  We will not know until motoring logs are submitted.  We just had a fine hearty breakfast of sausage, grits, eggs and veggies, fruit and a light beer.  Breakfast of Kings, prepared by Captains Ron and Julie!  
Wednesday night, we had building winds and the direction shifted SE on our nose. We tacked back and forth through the night and while we made distance, we made little progress towards the mark. We had some equipment issues with the whisker pole breaking loose. The sea state was not good, everyone was up most of the night. Maybe we should have motored?  

Thursday - May 4

We got a report on our DeLorme of our position in the fleet. It was depressing as we were close to the back. This served to confirm that others must be motoring through the unfavorable winds. We pressed on sailing on Thursday with winds again from the SE. We were making a little better progress but not enough. We were getting reports of boats in our division being 50-100 miles ahead.......they must be motoring. 
Mid afternoon Thursday we were expecting rain and a cold front coming through. And it did. Although we were expecting it, the front came early and with vengeance. Very sudden, with little warning we had winds from the NW at 37 kts. We were flying but broke some things. Some stitching in the Bimini dodger gave way, and a car on the  reefing system came loose. 
Havana in our Sights
That night we had a small craft advisory with expected 25-45 kt winds and thunderstorms. We needed daylight and calmer seas to make repairs so with high, rolling seas, we elected to motor and make progress on the mark. We came through an apparent gap in the thunder storms. We had some big seas, lightening, and winds in the 20s. Looks like we missed the worst of it. 
We heard via DeLorme and vhf that 4 boats had abandoned the race - Free Spirit, Navigo, Valentine, and Radio Flyer. All headed to Charlotte harbor. 

Friday - May 5

Cinco de Mayo!  We will surely drink to celebrate. We are still motoring. We could sail but  it would not be comfortable and we need to make progress. Big seas and an awesome dolphin display this morning. Of course, while I was sleeping. The excitement builds as we have Havana in our sights. We just passed west of Rebecca Shoals, and have the Straights of Florida to cross. We have passed some commercial ships and expect more on this final leg. We also heard that Valentine is back in the race. Not sure of the circumstances, but I'm sure it will be a good bar story!  We believe we are ahead of Valentine, Pliedes, and Reverie. But again, motoring records will shift all positions. We are hearing that boats have arrived or are arriving in Havana. 

Friday night was a rough night for our crew. We discovered we were out of diesel. The gauge was not reading accurately and for unknown reasons our fuel consumption about twice what we expected. Either way we had no fuel to get in Marina Hemingway. We crossed the finish line at around 1:30am. Recorded our time. It was very rough with breaking seas in the marina entrance. The coast guard had closed the marina entrance. We had to hold off, offshore in very rough conditions with no engine. What an awful night!  We were there...but we were not.  Sitting, rolling around in the sea just a 1/2 mile offshore and in 2,000 ft of water.  The next morning, with help from PYC members and particularly volunteer, Margo Partain,  we were able to convince the Cubans to bring us fuel so we could enter the still treacherous pass. 

Awards and Parties

Chairman Neil Davies and Commodore Escrich
Things would not be possible without out RC Volunteers, Margo, Jeff Hunt and Hillary (friend of Margo). They did an amazing job of greeting the boats and scoring!

Boats were scored with adjustments to time for motoring. Results were transmitted to PYC as a final check.  We had an excellent party at HIYC with comments by Commodore Escrich and Neil Davies. Awards were made and we then had a meal and dancing with traditional Cuban band. The party went on till late night and a great time was had by all. 


Capt. Bob Kriegel and Crew - Acadia

Race Results

Pace Trophy for Overall Best Finish:

1. Acadia 72.34 Hrs
2. Parlay 72.91 Hrs
3. Southern 75.13 Hrs


Racer Division:     

1. Southern
2. Akoya
3. Coquette


Capt.. Jim Oyler and Crew - Parley

Modern Cruiser Division:

Modern Cruiser Division, Class A: 

1. Parlay 2. Night Sky 3. Voices in the Sky
Capt. Julie Denton and Crew - Night Sky




Modern Cruiser Division Class B: 

1. La Gazelle 2. Kala Kai


Classic Cruiser Division

Classic Cruiser Division Class A:  

1. Acadia 
2. Loophole 
3. Libra


Classic CruiserClassic Division Class B:  

1. Reverie 
2. On Call

First to Finish:  Voices In The Sky (but with significant motoring penalty)
Did not finish (DNF) Free Spirit, Navigo I, Pleiades, Radio Flyer, Valentine – Pleiades finished but did not turn in motoring log prior to awards ceremony.  A crew member fell and broke leg in 2 places while leaving boat at the marina.  Crew was able to attend awards ceremony.  Plaque awarded to Pleiades. 

Night Sky was second in Class...we . were thrilled!  The Crew of Parley were an extremely close second overall and were similarly thrilled to receive their award

Other Remarks

This was indeed a tough race with challenging weather. The winners and leaders must have made some great strategic decisions and it's a testament to their sailing skills. 

Unfortunately we know of 2 injuries. A crew member on Pliedes stepped off the boat at the customs dock and missed the dock resulting in a fracture to his leg. He is currently in hospital in Havana. We heard of another injury - a dislocated shoulder and broken collar bone. We think this was on Akoya, but not confirmed. We understand the person involved may have been flown back to the US, but not yet confirmed. 
End of log


So- -that was the race~. we were tired but happy to be in Cuba.  The awards parties were great, and we had trips planned to Cienfuegos and Trinidad (by road) and a cruise to Cayo Levisa.  I will catch up on those on my next posts!