Welcome to the Ninth Edition of the Conch Republic Cup (CRC2017):

A Four-Part Series that Comprises Key West Cuba Race Week

Join us for CRC2017 January 22, 2017  –  February 3, 2017

Latest Press Release | Registration is open on www.Yachtscoring.com

About the Video

Follow Bob Moran’s adventure in CRC 2016 aboard his C&C 30 Bobsled, courtesy of Ashley Love and T2PTV.

Escape the doldrums of winter with 13 days in Key West and Cuba!  Race with us from the southernmost point in the U.S. to Varadero and then onto to Havana. Followed by a round the marks race at the famed Morro Castle and Malecon. Enjoy several days to sightsee and experience Cuba. Finally race back to Key West and be in contention for the historic Conch Republic Cup (CRC).

CRC 2016 ended successfully in February 2016 with a fleet of 54 racing sailboats, 6 support vessels and a total of 435 people visiting both Varadero and Havana, Cuba. This is the largest crossing of racing vessels and persons since relations have begun to normalize. During the traverse from Varadero to Havana one of our vessels was given permission for a Cuban Born American to sail the distance arriving in Havana as one of the first Cuban Born Americans to do so in over 50 years. We also had some Cuban sailing vessels join us for the buoy races in Varadero and Havana. The first handicap accessible sailing vessel to visit Cuba, Impossible Dream, joined our race and won several trophies.

The CRC is a historic race that started in 1997 with direct race to Varadero then expanded to Havana in 1999. The triangle race as it has been coined is a traditional race to Cuba that allows the racer to complete a triangle between KW and two Cuba cities – Varadero and Havana. With the loosening of the travel restrictions to Cuba by the Obama government we were able to revive this race. We had five classes of vessels participate – 2 PHRF, JAM, Multihull and Schooner.

The CRC is awaiting for our Not-For-Profit application to be approved by the Internal Revenue Service. Our mission is to introduce as many of the US sailing community to Cuba as possible as well as revitalize racing in Cuba. We truly are “a cultural exchange through sport”.

Dates are set for this exciting event to grace the shores of Cuba once again.

CRC 2017 Registration is limited so visit Yacht Scoring today and get registered.

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Race Forecasts

Schedule of Events

Event Dates
Jan 22, 2017 – Feb 3, 2017

Schedule of Events

  • Jan 22
    10am-4pm Vendor’s will be set up for business
    12pm-3pm KWCSC Exhibition Racing – 10 am-4pm
    Registration and Opening of Race Village at Dante’s
  • Jan 23
    10am-4pm – Registration and Race Village Open at Dante’s
    12pm-3pm – KWCSC Exhibition Racing
    4pm – Skipper’s Meeting at Dante’s
    4:30-6:30 – Welcome Party at Dante’s
  • Jan 24
    5 pm – Start Race from Key West to Varadero
  • Jan 25
    Arrive at Varadero
    5pm – Skippers’ Meeting Marina Gaviota
    6pm – Cocktail and Appetizer Welcome Reception at Marina Gaviota
  • Jan 26
    5pm – Start Race from Varadero to Havana
  • Jan 27
    Arrive at Hemingway
    5pm – Skippers’ Meeting at Hemingway International Yacht Club (HIYC)
    6pm – Welcome Reception at HIYC
  • Jan 28
    Lay Day
  • Jan 29
    10am – Castillo Del Morro Triangle Race & Parade along Malecon
    6pm – Awards Party at HIYC
  • Jan 30 – Feb. 1: Lay Days
  • Feb 2
    5pm – Start Race from Havana to Key West
  • Feb 3
    Arrive in Key West
    6pm – Awards Party and Dinner at Dante’s

For Press Inquiries email barby.macgowan@mediapronewport.com

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