Episode 149 is a fascinating conversation I had recently with sailing journalist Chris Museler, comparing and contrasting each of our recent passages to Cuba. You’ll most likely know of course that Mia and I just visited Havana aboard Isbjorn last month, sailing over from Fajardo, Puerto Rico on what was truly the adventure of a lifetime, both for us and for our crew.
Chris sailed to Cuba by another means back in January of 2015, aboard the wooden schooner Charlotte, a custom boat built by Gannon & Benjamin on Martha’s Vineyard. On that voyage, they took a more circuitous route - Chris actually flew in to Haiti, where he met the boat (only after a frightening and exciting four-hour journey from Port au Prince to get there). They continued on to Port Antonio in Jamaica before making their Cuban landfall in Cienfuegos on Cuba’s south coast.
Chris describes the fear and excitement he experienced in Haiti, the ‘two sides’ of Jamaica, the emotional roller coaster on sailing between vastly different cultures in a relatively short period of time, what Cuba is really like, how he ran out of cash getting to Havana and much more. Throughout our conversation, I chime in a describe what our experience was like on the north shore of the island where we left Isbjorn in Marina Hemingway and stayed ashore in Havana for five days. Chris and I go back several years and it’s always fun to catch up with each other and hear about our latest projects. Don’t miss Chris’ recent coverage of the America’s Cup in New York City in last week’s New York Times.
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Topics Discussed in the Podcast
- Weems and Plath
- Sailing to Cuba
- Electronic flare Coast Guard Requirements
- Sail Magazine
- Hugo Boss
- Cruising World Magazine
- Montego Bay Race – Pineapple Cup
- Class 40
- Cruising on the West Coast
- Cruising in Haiti
- Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
- Old Havana Neighborhood
- Dictator Batista History
- History between Cuba and America
- Sailing from Key West to Havana, Cuba
- Casa Particular (Room for rent)
- BIS License
- Cuban currency exchange with American currency
- Restoration of old Havana
- Why to bring extra money to Cuba
- Attainable Adventures - Morgan’s Cloud
- Safety at sea seminar CCA
- Tim Ferriss Podcast
People discussed in the Podcast
- Peter Trogdon of Weems and Plath
- Chris Museler
- President Barack Obama
- Raul Castro
- Fidel Castro
- Tim Ferriss
- Chris Sacca