After a successful revival in 2016, the Conch Republic Cup is poised to hold another series of offshore and inshore races beginning January 22. The regatta kicks off with a 110-mile race from Key West, Florida, to Varadero, Cuba. This is followed by a 100-mile coastal jaunt from Varadero to Havana, where the fleet will stay at the Hemingway International Marina. While there, the fleet will mix things up with an inshore race before setting out on a 90-mile sprint back to Key West.
“The winner of the Conch Republic Cup is the team with the best combined overall performance in the four races that comprise Key West Cuba Race Week,” says Conch Republic Cup executive director Karen Angle. “Balancing race days with lay days also gives participants time to enjoy the sights and adventures Key West and Cuba have to offer, and the event timing is designed to allow sailors who follow the racing calendar to continue on to the Caribbean racing circuit.”
Hosted by the Hemingway International Marina and the Key West Community Sailing Center, the event includes divisions for cruising and racing monohulls and schooners and drew about 60 teams last year. For details, visit conchrepubliccup.org.