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Cubans, Americans Compete at Havana Coastline

challenge havanaAs part of the U.S.-Cuba regatta Havana Challenge in this capital, five Hobbie Cat 16 sailboats are competing today at the Havana coastline in an unprecedented tourist competition for 50 years.

They are very quickly and unpredictable sailboats that will allow more than a sports event, a symbol of friendship between U.S. and Cuban citizens.

The arrival this weekend to this capital of the Havana Challenge regatta, in addition of being a challenge to ocean currents, foster friendship, as the organizers from both countries conceive it.

About 100 Americans in some 20 sailboats arrived in the Marina Hemingway yacht club, in western Havana, from Key West, Florida, the first race of this kind in 15 years.

The sailboats departed early Saturday from Key West, and three of Hobbie Cats-16 were the first in arriving in the Hemingway International Nautical Club, founded in 1992, located in the marina of the same name.

Supporting boats and two schooners, copies of those of the 18th century, also came in the group.

Such activity is a great joy for the Cubans, particularly the commodore of the Hemingway Club, Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich, main animator of the recreational boating activity in the island.

Exhibitions at the Havana’s Malecon coastlines and a competition of the Hobbie Cats, very fast and colorful sailboats, are expected for May 19-20.

(Prensa Latina)

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