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St. Pete-Havana yacht race resumes after 50 years

St. Pete-Havana yacht race resumes after 50 years:

  • ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — History is being made today as 550 sailors aboard 81 yachts left St. Petersburg for Havana, the first St. Petersburg to Habana Yacht Race in 50 years.
  • The last time the 284-nautical mile (326 miles) race was run was in the shadow of history.
  • The year was 1959, and Cuban President Fulgencio Batista was losing power as Fidel Castro was on the rise.
  • You can track the race by clicking here.
  • Another historical anecdote: A Cuban crew aboard the Micara is taking part for the first time since the travel and trade embargo was imposed five decades ago, Commodore José Miguel Díaz Escrich of Havana’s Marina Hemingway told the Tampa Bay Times on Monday.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — History is being made today as 550 sailors aboard 81 yachts left St. Petersburg for Havana, the first St. Petersburg to Habana Yacht Race in 50 years.

@10NewsWTSP: St. Pete-Havana yacht race resumes after 50 years:

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — History is being made today as 550 sailors aboard 81 yachts left St. Petersburg for Havana, the first St. Petersburg to Habana Yacht Race in 50 years.

The last time the 284-nautical mile (326 miles) race was run was in the shadow of history. The year was 1959, and Cuban President Fulgencio Batista was losing power as Fidel Castro was on the rise.

The trip should take the crews a day or two. You can track the race by clicking here.

Another historical anecdote: A Cuban crew aboard the Micara is taking part for the first time since the travel and trade embargo was imposed five decades ago, Commodore José Miguel Díaz Escrich of Havana’s Marina Hemingway told the Tampa Bay Times on Monday.

St. Pete-Havana yacht race resumes after 50 years

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