Passage Briefing Varadero – Havana


The high that was sitting west of Florida over the last days and brought cold and strong northerly winds to the north of Cuba moved east. Accordingly the winds are currently shifting from northwest over north to east and further to southeast and decrease as the center of the high moves northeast.

At first E 4 Bft, gusts 5, later shifting SE, decreasing 2-3 Bft

Wind Forecast (


Air: high 22°C (72°F)/low 19°C (66°F), increasing high 29°C (84°F)/low 23°C (73°F)

Sea: 24°C (75°F)

Sea State

At first E 1-2 m (3-7 ft), later shifting E, decreasing < 1 m (3 ft)

Wave Forecast (PredictWind)


< 0,3 m (1 ft) in Havana: insignificant


No storm warnings/alerts in effect.
No hurricane warnings/alerts in effect.


  • Narrow channel leaving Marina Gaviota into the open ocean (Canal de los barcos)
  • Narrow entrance channel into Marina Hemingway in Havana

Alternative Ports/Anchorages

  • Matanzas: 23°03.8‘N 081°32.2‘W
  • Havana: 23°08.1‘N 082° 20.4‘W
  • Both alternative ports are ports for commercial shipping.


  • We will need to get a cruising permit issued at the customs office at Marina Gaviota in Varadero.
  • We will need to check in at the customs office at Marina Hemingway in Havana.


I expect a smooth passage. We will have slightly higher seas at the beginning on downwind to broad reach courses. With the waves shifting from north to east the passage will be much smoother in its second half.

Port of Departure: Marina Gaviota, Varadero, Cuba
Port of Call: Hemingway Marina, Havana, Cuba
Distance: 87 nautical miles (100 mi, 161 km)
Estimated Duration: 20 hrs
ETD: Monday, Mar 02, 2020 12:00 UTC-5
ETA: Tuesday, Mar 03, 2020 08:00 UTC-5

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