Day 15 - Marina Hemingway - Havana Cuba
Phil, Di and Annelise
Sun 9 Apr 2017 20:36
At last dawn broke over the Havana horizon, we were ready to contact the marina for clearance to enter. The entrance was not too difficult but certainly needed some concentration for a brief spell before reaching the calmer waters of the marina itself . and to our instructions of stopping at the customs clearance dock - but we have a cruising licence?? Nevertheless, some clearance was still required (we were not surprised) - a few more forms, a stamp on our licence and we were in!
Slip assigned - Canal #1 - port side. Marina Hemingway is an unusual layout of 4 canals (3 of which have ties on both sides of the fixed concrete slips), a ¼ mile road, grassed areas and the occasional buildings (dock-masters office, marina "facilities" etc.) are in located in the middle of the narrow canals. We were on the coast side. A little dilapidated but great to be in Havana, Cuba!
A catch-up on sleep, and a brief explore around the marina canals. Then an invite to join a talk by Addison Chan (the author of the Cuba Waterway Guide) - arranged by a small U.S. regatta we had been adopted by our friends on Black Swan. He was entertaining and provided some useful information for sightseeing Cuba.
Finally, a home-made pizza and a movie rounded off the passage and our first day in Havana..
Phil and Di