Voyage: Pensacola to Havana for New Years Eve 2016!


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.

Sail to Cuba for New Years Eve, 2016


It’s Cuba.  What more can we say?  YOU NEED TO GO!  This was Libra’s third trip to Cuba and she sailed this time with a full, excited crew eager to embrace the Cuban culture, food (and, let’s not kid ourselves, primarily the rum and cigars!).  Libra left Pensacola, FL on the morning of Dec. 27th and pointed south across the Gulf of Mexico on a straight shot for Cuba.  Unfortunately, the winds were light in the first days of the voyage and Libra motor sailed initially while the crew got acquainted with the boat, her navigation systems and electronics and the galley, cooking up some hearty passages underway.  It was a good thing the first days were light and easy, though, because the crew was well-rested for some wicked north winds that kicked in during the last leg of the passage, building from 20 to 25 kts, with gusts of 30 kts right on the stern, forcing Libra to charge through the entrance to Marina Hemingway in 28 knot winds and 10-12 foot seas.  “It was one of the most difficult landfalls I’ve ever had to make,” Captain Ryan said.

Thankfully, it was one of his most successful too as Libra made her way safely in and the crew soaked up a few eye-opening days in Cuba, including New Years Eve in Havana before making their way on another incredibly-windy romp from Cuba to Key West in just 10 hours January 1, 2017.  Happy New Year crew!