The Havana Challenge is an amateur sporting competition designed to promote person-to-person intercultural exchange through the sport of sailing. Thousands of Cuban citizens participate by watching races from the Malecon, in Havana. Many will attend the awards ceremony as well.
When it comes to adventure, an extreme sports competition is the ultimate experience. The Havana Challenge elevates the feat with a surprise guest star, the forever unpredictable Mother Nature. Past events demonstrated unscripted drama with 20-foot seas, 30mph crosswinds, a near-fatal collision with a breaching whale, and a busted 15-foot mast.
The 2015 & 2016 events saw about 100 Americans in around 20 sailboats arriving at the Cuban capital in May from Key West, Florida. The Hobie Cats were accompanied by support vessels. Five U.S. teams took on five Cuban teams off Havana’s iconic Malecon seaside walk in Hobie Cats where they were defeated by the Cuban Olympic Sailing team. A small penance to pay for building a unique relationship worth exploring.
Click here to view the 2017 Havana Challenge events.