Sail magazine Cuba seminar set for Saturday

Sail magazine is hosting a seminar in St. Augustine, Fla., about sailing to Cuba.
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Sail magazine is hosting a seminar in St. Augustine, Fla., about sailing to Cuba on Saturday with two people who have sailed both coasts of the island nation many times.

Cheryl Barr is a Canadian sailor who has made more than a dozen extensive cruises to Cuba and several overland expeditions. Barr has a 200-ton RYA yacht masters license, has made numerous yacht deliveries worldwide and is a certified welder and marine biologist.

She has written and published four cruising guides: Cruising Guide-Cuba, Volumes 1 and 2; Cruising Guide-Down East Circle Route; and Cruising Guide-Canadian Maritimes.

Her father, Don Barr, is a commercial mariner and retired captain of the tall ship Bluenose ll. He creates the chart diagrams in his daughter’s cruising publications. Don Barr and his wife, Tricia, sail aboard their 65-foot Herreshoff schooner Road to the Isles. They have spent 18 winters in Cuba.

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean. It has more than 2,000 nautical miles of coastline, nearly 4,000 cays, more than 200 shelters and bays and a vibrant Spanish-Latin culture.

Now that U.S. boaters can go to Cuba legally for 14 days under one of 12 Office of Foreign Assets Control categories, “it’s time to get the facts instead of Internet rumor,” said the seminar description.

Sail magazine and Soundings Trade Only are part of Active Interest Media.

The Barrs will discuss where to go and what to see, what to expect from Cuban officials and the marine infrastructure that awaits boaters in Cuba. They will update attendees on the fast-moving state of U.S. regulations that determine how American citizens can take their boats to Cuba legally.

The destination is one of several in the seminar titled “Sailing South.” The Dry Tortugas, the Bahamas and the Caribbean are also on the list.