- Additional Questions:
o Are there depth restrictions at any of the venues? Jeff is not aware of any. He stated that all should be over 14 feet.
o Dockage? No dockage in Florida but will all be in the same marinas in Cuba. Owners are expected to pay dockage fees in Cuba that are anticipated to be very reasonable compared with US marinas.
o Weapons? – No, do not carry weapons.
o Money? Convert to Cuban Pesos after arrive. Some places will deal in USD. There are a few ATMs but hard to find. Credit Cards are just starting to be accepted at some places. Wouldn’t count on using them everywhere.
o Boat Insurance? Ryan Hamm stated that he has not found a domestic insurance company that will write a rider policy to cover travel to Cuba. Suggested calling your company to ask. (Personal note: I (Jim Smith) have a policy that states it covers the Caribbean. The Caribbean includes Cuba so I am not going to call).
o Car rentals? Not many but Jeff stated that taxis are very available and you can arrange for trips with a taxi.
o Suba and fishing? Don’t know about permits for this. Will check. Would not recommend spear guns.
o Hotels available? Yes. May be more expensive in Veradero – $200-300 but more reasonable in Havana - $100.
o Air travel? Not easy to go direct from US at present time – may change by regatta time. Can go to Mexico or Bahamas then US. Cuba will work with you best they can. Issue will be getting into US. Keep checking on this. Interest for people going home early or spouses coming over to join sailors.
o Travel opportunities? Race organizers are working with HotCubaTravel.com to set up tours.
o Costs after in Cuba – visa = $20, Boat = $50.
o PHRF vs ORC? Most likely PHRF and may be have an ORC fleet also.