2015 Havana Thunder Challenge

Key West – Havana Power Boat Event

1436396240319The Havana Thunder Challenge is an amateur sporting event designed to promote person-to-person intercultural exchange through the sport of boating.  Thousands of Cuban citizens will be able to participate in the event by watching  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 Thunder Challenge elevates the feat with a surprise guest star, the forever unpredictable Mother Nature. Trial runs have demonstrated unscripted drama with 20-foot seas, 30mph crosswinds, a near-fatal collision with a breaching whale, a busted 15-foot mast, and a welcome party of machine gun-toting policia!

The Havana Thunder Challenge organizing committee worked with Commodore Escrich to obtain all of the necessary permits and permissions to launch the inaugural event in November 2015.


Who Can Take Part?

Any kind of ocean capable, powered, pleasure craft is welcome to participate in this historic event.

Due to the warming of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, it is now easier than ever to acquire permitting for travel to this magical island. We’ll guide you through the entire process.

Cuba is a short, 90 mile boat or plane ride from Key West, and this experience is sure to provide you with enough wonderful memories to last a lifetime.

The fee to join is $1,000 per boat and $200 per person, payable to Havana Thunder Challenge, LLC and includes participation at all events, boat permits, t-shirt, hat, and additional tchotchke items.  Please see out Participant Information page to review Marina Hemmingway fees, guidelines, and recommendations for visiting Cuba.