Washington Bans U.S. Sailboats from Participating in Cuban Regattas

 Washington Bans U.S. Sailboats from Participating in Cuban Regattas

Havana, August 10 (RHC) – The participation of U.S. sailboats in Cuban regattas is being hindered by the U.S. economic, financial and commercial blockade of the Caribbean nation.

The Commodore of Havana’s Hemingway International Yacht Club, José Manuel Díaz Escrich, told Cuban press that the U.S. policy prohibits American citizens from freely coming on their boats to Cuba to maintain the 80-year friendly relations between both countries in the nautical field.

These restrictions are a flagrant violation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, adopted in Jamaica in 1982, Escrich said and went on to explain that according to US legislation, any boat that docks at a Cuban port may be retained or confiscated for having violated the arbitrary measure.

The U.S. nautical community is eager to come to Cuba to enjoy the hospitality and culture of the Cuban people, the Commodore pointed out.