From Key West in Florida, USA, to Varadero, Cuba, full details for the 2015 Pilar Regatta, a new international regatta, have now been announced. Running from 3rd to 5th of December, the regatta will be hosted by the Lake Kegonsa Sailing Club and the Varadero Yacht Club, with the race committee and judges composed of members of the US Sail Association and the Cuban Sailing Association.
The regatta is all inclusive and the entry fee will include slips at Conch Harbor, Key West for two nights, Marina Gaviota slips at Varadero, Cuba for three nights, an awards party in Gaviota, as well as a fleet of American taxis in Varadero for the regatta participants to tour Cuba.
Tania Hernandez, managing director of Marina Gaviota Varadero explained that they are estimating around 200 people to participate in the regatta. She commented, “In Marina Gaviota we are preparing ourselves, even though the marina is still remodelling, we already have plenty of berths and docks to receive the 25 yachts that are expected to participate. Marina Gaviota also currently holds more than 40 slips ready to receive yachts of any size.”
Details of the event come shortly after the USA embassy opened in Cuba last month, after 54 years of withdrawing.
Tania went on to say, “We are thrilled because this regatta represents to us the first yachts arriving from the USA to Marina Gaviota Varadero after the reestablishment of relations between Cuba and USA. We are waiting for them with arms wide open.
“Many activities are being prepared for those who wish to stay and explore Cuba. Marina Gaviota Varadero is preparing the activities through their tours, guides and excursions company, Gaviota Tours. Activities include visiting the tobacco factories, the Old Havana, as well as the other historical places in Havana.
“Most of the regatta participants are looking to try the ‘Hemingway Cocktail’ and also looking forward to the Jeep Safaris crossing the rivers and countryside of Cuba, an excellent opportunity to get to know more about the everyday living of Cubans.”
According to the Pilar Regatta website, Marina Gaviota in Varadero and Conch Harbour in Key West are superior marine facilities with 110 volt power, water and Wi-Fi in the marinas. The maximum water depth is four meters with slips up to 30 meters in length.
For more information, visit Marina Gaviota Varadero.