Sailing to Cuba



Sailing from Dry Tortugas Florida to Havana Cuba was our first offshore passage. We did 95 nautical miles in 29 hours, never used the engines, only winds.

July 23, Tuesday.

The morning of the first day is calm: flat seas, clear skies, very light winds. Our maximum speed is 2.0 knots. Minimum speed 0.0 knots. A few hours later, we could still see the lighthouse of Loggerhead Key behind us. Thus, we drift and wait for winds…



We expected a strong current to affect our course at night once we hit the Gulf Stream, but we don’t notice anything of the sort. Only stronger winds and more waves, which were welcome after a day of nearly deadcalm. Or maybe the fact that we first sailed west to Dry Tortugas and then south- southeast to Cuba made our crossing of the Gulf Stream, one of the most powerful currents in the world, easy. The full moon is a welcome companion and invaluable light source creating a silvery path for the boat to follow.

The next day, our average speed is 4 knots. The sea is beautiful, full of curious dolphins playing around the boat. Two cargo ships pass behind us booming slowly, metal giants going somewhere far. At noon, tiny fishing boats start to appear. Tall buildings emerge on the horizon. Hola Havana!

Cuban Fishermen

Cuban Fishermen

As we are slowly approaching our destination, we feel excited and proud, as we have just accomplished something very important. I face the shore line: Havana’s grey buildings to the left, green mountains to the right, and call out as loud as I can: „Cuba!“

Fisherman near Havana

A boy fishing near Havana