Happy Holidays From Cuba!

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Dear Member of the American Boating Community,

On behalf of the Board and the members of the Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba, I wish you, and your family, Merry Christmas and a Prosperous and Happy New Year.

I gladly inform you that during this year that is coming to its end, our Yacht Club has continued to expand and strengthen friendly relations with the American boating community and I am very proud of being Associate Member of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Today, we are very happy to have friendly relations with dozens of American yacht clubs and represent in Cuba the Seven Seas Cruising Association, the Texas Mariners Cruising Association, and the International Game Fish Association. I am also Honorary Conch & Citizen of the Fabolous Florida Keys.

It is our biggest desire that the normalization of the diplomatic relations between our two countries gives us the opportunity to strengthen and widen friendship relations between the American boating community and our Yacht Club, and also organize together boating events.

I take this opportunity to reiterate my most sincere wishes for a Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Sincerely,

Commodore Escrich
www.hemingwayyachtclub.org

Cuba Policy Change….Bout time!

Ding Dong the witch is dead….well not dead but terminally ill.

President Obama showed great political courage yesterday re-establishing diplomatic relations with our island neighbor Cuba while at the same time securing the release of Alan Gross. The American had served five years of a fifteen year sentence after being convicted in a Cuban court of spying.

Additionally three Cuban men convicted of spying in the U.S. 229were released from federal prison and returned to their homes and families.

Whatever your views concerning Cuba it is difficult to argue that fifty years of failed policy is enough. Let us hope these moves by both the U.S. and Cuban governments not only will reunite these families, but will begin the healing process between two neighbors of this hemisphere.