Whew! What a trip! As Captain Ryan would say: “We left. The wind blew. We got there,” there’s WAY more to it. This was Libra’s inaugural trip to Cuba in the 2016 season and what a ride. Unfortunately, the winds were light in the northern part of the Gulf and the crew had to motor the first couple of days. But, Mother Nature, must have heard their pleas for wind because it really turned on when Libra got down near Tampa, blowing 20-25+ for the remainder of the trip. While wind is great for making long, fast runs across the Gulf, unfortunately, the one thing it is not good for is making a tight, narrow entrance to Marina Hemingway. Captain Ryan spent the last 24 hours of the passage readying himself to make this harrowing entrance in 30 knot winds and 10-12 foot seas. But, this is the type of invaluable offshore training you will get on a sail on Libra. Join us to Cuba next time in 2017! www.saillibra.com/join-a-sail/.
Once in Cuba, the crew enjoyed a private tour of historic Havana and got to explore the colorful, dirty streets of the city on foot and dine at many of the authentic local restaurants. Classic cars are abundant in Cuba and a ride along the majestic Melacon in a classic Corvette many said was the highlight of the trip. Cuba offers a wide array of culture, history, tragedy and memories and is definitely an unforgettable place to visit.