Skip to main content

Yacht club renews effort to hold sail race to Cuba

The Sarasota Yacht Club Charitable Foundation says it plans a second attempt to hold a landmark race from Sarasota, Fla., to Havana.

Last year, after much planning and pre-race events, the yacht club canceled the event because the federal government decided not to sanction it.

Yacht club officers are optimistic that they can get government approval for the race to Cuba, which would start May 14, 2011.

"Realistic hopes are high that the race will come to be this spring," said Vincent Di Pano, chairman of the race committee.

Only U.S. charities would share in the proceeds from the event. Mote Marine Laboratories, along with the American Cancer Society and the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program, would be the beneficiaries of the regatta.

Mote has been approved to conduct an educational visit to Cuba in December and again next spring, according to Di Pano.

To date, more than 120 yachts have signed up for the 260-mile trip to the finish line at the entrance to the Hemingway Marina in Havana.

Click here for information.


Year-End Tax Planning Guidance

These tips can help employers maximize cash savings, minimize tax exposure and more

Mercury Marine to Open Ind. Distribution Center

The new 512,000-square-foot facility will help the manufacturer meet record consumer demand for parts and accessories. The company is also expanding production at its main campus in Wisconsin.

GM Invests $150 Million in Pure Watercraft

An interview with Pure founder and CEO Andy Rebele.

Sea Tow, Southport Boats Form “Peace of Mind” Partnership

Sea Tow’s Gold Card, which includes two years of coverage, will now come standard with new Southport models.

Yamaha Rightwaters Goes International

The conservation initiative becomes an international effort as Yamaha Motor Australia joins a cleaner-ocean campaign.

Perfect Timing

With all the new boats sold recently, it’s inevitable that a good percentage will wind up on the used market. MRAA has launched a Certified Pre-Owned Boat Program to help dealers strengthen this profit center.

A Boatbuilder in Congress?

Robert Healey Jr., of Viking Yacht Co., is running for a U.S. House of Representatives seat in New Jersey.

Monterey and Blackfin to Expand Operations

The company will add 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space to meet increased demand, creating 150 job opportunities.