Many voyagers from the US have gone the distance to plan, do the USCG3300, additional paperwork, and read everthing to prepare. Then your contact, the best I found is Petty Officer Wilson 305.415.6820. but the form has a fax number but I recomend sending it to Officer Wilson's desk fax 305.415.6791 and his email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Every group has it's own experiences and this is ours.
It was back in March 2016 when planning began and the group was formed.
Marquesa a 34' Oday' sailboat with Donnie and Mary Jo (Donnie bought the Garmin Chip for his 741s)
GeniGreen a 38' Kennex Catamaran with Jay, Marilyn, and Inaki. (I bought an upgrade to my navonics IPAD software that covered Cuba and the Carribean.
Toby a 36" C&C sailboat with Paul and his son Johnny.
Moderate to experienced sailing is a must as a crossing through the gulf stream and good talking expeience will make your trip an easy plan. Then waiting for the right weather and good charts and navigation is a must.
Our Research included
Two Sailing guides from Waterways and Lonely planet Cuba Book. Paper charts as well as garmin chips and navonics in ipads.
We went on a "people2people" and experiencing a new world, At least to us. Marathon to Varadero to Havana to Key West then back to Marathon.
First leg is from Marathon, Key Colony Marker #1 to Cuba Marker #18 and on to Gaviata Marina. 116 miles total sailing on a beam reach in aproximately 20 hours.
Our People2People Experience