^^ my reason for posting
was just to caution american cruisers thinking about participating in the various races/rallies to cuba that are being organized. Some of them are claiming that because they are 'sporting events', they are now allowed by the new regulations
. However if you actually read the regulations
you will see that is not at all true since none of the rallies/races (that I know of) meet the specifically stated requirements (that the competition be approved by the sports international body - ISAF- and that the US participants be chosen by the US sport governening body - US Sailing).
The question was whether the authorities would pay any attention or care - and the fact of this fine gives us new information that apparently at least one official in key west does care and has significant punishment power.
My personal sense is that the USCG may have been more pissed that this race organizer did not go thru the USCG permit
process, rather than the lack of authorized cuba travel treasury license
, but they (apparently, it is not all clear yet) got to throw both books
at the owner.
So, just be careful. AS far as I can interpret the law, pretty much every sort of normal cruising to Cuba (including these races/rallies) is still illegal for US citizens (unless you get a specific case by case license
from the treasury). And yea, BoatUS cannot provide insurance
for an activity that it believes is illegal - and in fact almost all insurance policies have a clause that will void the policy (and the payout) if you are engaged in anything illegal at the time of the accident
. So, again be careful because even a policy coverage area seems to include cuba - it may well not unless you are there legally (which appears to be difficult to accomplish for an american cruiser).