Race Starts
February 14, 2018

 

 

 


Welcome to the Miami to Havana Race!

Hosts Coral Reef Yacht Club and the Southern Ocean Racing Conference, proudly welcome your participation in the Third Annual Miami to Havana Race. On these pages you will find the story behind the race, pertinent data about the race, links to the entry forms, links to safety information, information on obtaining the permit required to enter the race, past race results, and other information.

Over the last few years, SORC competitors have raced to the Bahamas in the Nassau Cup Race, Key West in the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race, Jamaica in the Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race, yet the crown jewel sitting geographically between all of those terrific winter racing destinations, Cuba, remained out of reach. This changed in 2016 and now SORC competitors have twice raced to Cuba. We have all been anxiously awaiting the release of the revisions to the OFAC and BIS travel regulations, which finally came out on November 8, 2017. The only amendment to the travel category under which competitors race is language applying the prohibition on financial transactions with prohibited entities to this category of travel. This does not effect Marina Hemingway, and Marina Hemingway is not on the list of prohibited entities. The race is ON!

The Third Annual Miami to Havana Race, starts on February 14, 2018, just south of the Miami harbor entrance. Coral Reef Yacht Club will host the Skippers Meeting and Party on February 13, and the fleet will gather southeast of Government Cut the next morning for the race to Havana. Links to the Notice of Race and Online Entry page are posted in the menu above and the buttons below.

 

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February 19, 2018
Full Circle
As the 2017-18 SORC Islands in the Stream Series draws to a close in Havana Cuba, the proverbial wheel has gone 'round for a number of story lines. The story begins with the first boat in the barn, which would be Steve and Heidi Benjamin's lightning fast TP52 Spookie, whose 17.3 hour run shaved two hours off of the Miami to Havana Race record. Their time held up for the IRC corrected time win as well, for the clean sweep.

White Rhino began the SORC Season with a win in the Nassau Cup Race in November, another bullet in the Wirth Munroe Palm Beach Race in December, and a second in the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race in January. Few leads ever seem comfortable, and the Havana Race definitely put the White Rhino's lead to the test. When the dust settled, Todd Stuart's team walked away with a well-deserved one point win in the series, over Spookie and Jim Bill, Eammon deLisser and Horst Baier's Farr 395 Senara.

The Havana Race is often an adventure geared toward breaking barriers. Joe Rome's Simpson 48 Peregrine could have finished last and Joe would have still been the story of the event. Upon arrival at Marina Hemingway, Joe became the first Cuban-born American sailor to return to his homeland on his own boat, breaking a decades-long barrier thanks to a relaxation of Cuban travel regulations. He did it in style, with the win in the Multihull class.

Thank you to all of our hosts, volunteers, and especially our competitors for making this year's Havana Race and SORC Islands in the Stream Series so memorable. We could not do it without you. Plan now for next season, which will be bigger and better. Signing off from Havana.

February 14, 2018
Lovely Day for a Race to Cuba!
Good morning and Happy Valentines Day to everyone, from all of us here at the SORC. It is a beautiful South Florida day with a nice easterly breeze for the Miami to Havana Race.

 

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