Sailing to the Revolution: Part Two

It was 1958 when the Florman family sailed from Florida to Cuba and then Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In Part One, in March BWS, they visited Cuba just as the revolution was starting  (published April 2018) Our crossing of the 50-mile-wide Windward Passage between Cuba and Hispaniola provided us

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Sailing to the Revolution

Part One: Looking back at a family cruise that took them straight into the Cuban revolution  (published March 2018) Flying fish and flying spray were keeping my dad from lighting the cigarette he so fervently desired. “Nils Jr., can you please pass me up a lit cigarette?” he yelled down

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Rough Night to Havana

Part 2: After a boisterous delivery from Pensacola to Key West, the author and two pals set off in his Catalina 31 with an organized rally to Cuba  (published January/February 2018) A blast from the air horn at 3 pm announced the start of the rally to Cuba, 97 miles

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Rough Passage to Havana

Part One: An American and two Russians get their boat and themselves ready for the fateful cruise to Cuba  (published November/December 2017) In the summer of 1958, my father and I had just finished watching the Miami Marlins defeat the Havana Sugar Kings in a Class AAA International League baseball

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On to Cuba

Six friends take in the sights and sounds of Cuba  (published June/July 2017) Plate after plate of food piled in front of us as our crew of six eagerly crowded around the open-air picnic table. In the distance, the lush green mountains of Viñales jutted up out of the earth.

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Cuba Today

Twenty three boats and a hundred intrepid cruisers joined the Salty Dawg Rally to Cuba  (published May 2017) Landing in Cuba is like stepping off a time machine. Colonial era architecture, 1940’s and 1950’s era American cars in great shape, oxen drawn ploughs, trash burned by incinerator or open air,

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Cuba Layover, Varadero

On their way from St. Martin to Miami, they make an unexpected layover at Cuba’s impressive and brand new Varadero Marina  (published February 2017) There were not many options. What seemed like a dream delivery was turning into something of a challenge. Almost a year before, I had been contacted

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Destination: Havana

A step back in time, regattas pave the way to Cuba  (published November 2016) [caption id="attachment_10327" align="alignleft" width="434"] Pensacola to Havana Regatta 2015[/caption] In 1952, American yachtsmen were greeted by heavy caliber machine gun fire as they sailed their schooners through the narrow harbor entrance into the finish of the

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Cruising Cuba, A First Timer’s Perspective

Since 1960, and the beginning of the U.S. led trade embargo, Cuba has been largely off limits to Americans. Now that has all changed  (published September 2016) My wife Brenda and I have wanted to visit Cuba for many years, and as relations between our two countries have begun to

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Cuba, part 3

The Cuba show  (published September 2015) It took nearly two years to obtain permission to travel to Cuba as a journalist. My OFAC license prohibits me from taking part in tourist activities or promoting tourism. I believe I have honored that obligation in the stories I chose to tell, and

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