2016 Nov 17 General Meeting, Bob Osborn – Cruising Cuba: Forbidden Paradise

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Bob Osborn and his wife Brenda have been cruising together since their junior year of high school in a succession of boats beginning with a 20’ Cape Cod sailboat.  When Bob retired nearly 5 years ago they moved to Essex CT.

Since that time they have spent the last four winters afloat traveling south along the Intra Coastal Waterway to the Florida Keys, three winters in the Bahamas and most recently spent March and April of this year cruising along the south coast of Cuba.


Pandora, Aerodyne 47’ Composite Sloop

Their voyage last winter, aboard Pandora, their 47’ composite sloop launched in 2007, took them from Florida, south through the Bahamas, through the Windward Passage between Haiti and Cuba.  From there they turned west and spent two months exploring major cities as well as tiny rural villages along the 600+ mile southern coast.  Ultimately, they made their way to Havana and then back to their starting point, Ft Lauderdale, a distance of over 1,400 miles.

Bob will share the process of gaining needed approvals as well as what it is like to live aboard for an extended period and, of course, the experience of visiting Cuba, a country that has changed little since the time of Hemmingway.

In addition to their time afloat, Bob has run Pandora up and down the east coast from their home in Essex, CT, usually nonstop, for the last four years.  The summer of 2016 also marked his 16th cruise to Maine.


Santiago de Cuba, 2016

Pandora is currently in Beaufort NC following a recent run from Essex CT to Hampton VA, a distance of nearly 350 miles in less than 48 hours.   Bob will be running Pandora to the BVI in January with crew.  Brenda will join him there for several months of cruising the Windward and Leeward islands of the eastern Caribbean.

Bob and Brenda have been keeping blogs for a decade and wrote many posts while they were cruising in Cuba.  Check out the March and April posts on Bob’s site at www.sailpandora.com and Brenda’s at www.argoknot.com. The current issue of Blue Water Sailing Magazine features an article about their voyage to Cuba.

Craig Spear
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