As for your plans for Cuba, you can check in in Cabo San Antonio and head
up to Hemmingway, mostly inside the reef until Cayo Paraiso. It is headwinds most of the way but little current
. Well protected anchorages
. Day sailing
until Cayo Levisa, then a long overnight passage
to Hemmingway. Wait for a front to pass and then motor
to Varadero, from there sail to the Bahmas
If you wish to go round the southern coast still enter at Cabo San Antonio but then beat around the cape to the south shore to Maria la Gorda. Unfortunately it is no longer a port of entry. It is longer, but delightful with beautiful isolated islands, beaches and reefs
. With the winds you can sail close hauled in the mornings (north east shifting to south east in the afternoon). The only rough part is the stretch from to Cabo Cruz and Punto Maisi in the windward passage
. Enjoy really quiet reefs
From Baia La Vita (Holguin) to Duncan town in the Bahamas
is an easy overnight sail.
Compared to Belize
, officialdom in Cuba is a delight, they come to you and fill out the paper work. No requests for gifts, always with receipts. Leaqve a flag at Cabo San Antonio, they collect them.
See you in the Rio in December, we are heading back.