This historic 284 mile race was first run in 1930 and sadly, through the dictate of Fidel Castro, has not been run for 50 years. The event was the brainchild of "Gidge Gandy" as an enthusiastic antidote to the Great American Depression and has featured great classic yachts such as Stormy Weather, Dorade and Windjammer (to mention only a few).
The St. Petersburg Yacht Club have honoured the Cuban Governments cooperation in restoring this event by maintaining the spanish spelling of Havana – with a 'b' instead of 'v' and hence the event will continue to be known as the "St. Petersburg to Habana" race!
The race took place 28th February - 2nd March 2017. Oyster 745, Graycious, finished with a corrected time of 1 day, 16 hours, 54 mins and 2 seconds, putting her just 30 seconds ahead of the winner of the Racing Division – a lightweight CK40 "FOMO" and first overall of all classes. Also winning her class by ~3.5 mins on corrected time from the larger 84ft Frers designed "Metolius".
Congratulations to John Noble and his crew aboard Oyster 745, Graycious.