CRC 2016 ended successfully in February 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 to date. 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 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 a non-profit organization with the mission 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”.
CRC2017 format is being planned and will have a few changes that we believe the racers and cruisers alike will welcome. Keep checking back here and at www.yachtscoring.com for the preliminary NOR due mid-June. Dates are set for this exciting event to grace the shores of Cuba once again.
Organizers are meeting with Cuban authorities for approval of expanded format at the end of May.