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10-19-2012 10:01 PM
canucksailorguy
Re: Cuba in my sights

Nope. But I'll take the t-bones anyway
Thing is, who's gonna prove you repaid your sponsor? It's up to OFAC to prove it wasn't an honest sponsorship, not you to prove it was.
10-19-2012 11:15 AM
wannabsailor
Re: Cuba in my sights

So if canucksailorguy paid for everything I could go to Cuba and be quite legal, and if I happened to give him say... 1,000.00 worth of T-Bones when we got back as a thank you gift, that would be legal as well?
10-18-2012 11:37 PM
canucksailorguy
Re: Cuba in my sights

Hola Ajax sailor - pm me with your operating system and I'll send you a link for the download - it's a screensaver featuring all sorts of neat old cars in Havana, with Cuban music in the background. I made the screensaver myself, so it's safe to use.
10-18-2012 08:36 PM
floridajaxsailor
hola

Good amigo
Canuck~ I'd love to see that photo of the Cuban band (male or female)- Latin music supercedes @ the end, or beginning of the day

ps- to the folks pontificating legal verses illegal- has anyone ever driven over 65 on the highway?
10-18-2012 01:57 PM
canucksailorguy
Re: Cuba in my sights

Glad you like it - if you join the Facebook page, it'll keep you up to date on changes - and if you 'like' the FB page, I'll send you, for FREE!, a screensaver showcasing Cuban cars, with a fabulous all girl Cuban band playing in the background.
10-17-2012 04:22 PM
urbanhermit
Re: Cuba in my sights

cool website Nucks
10-17-2012 02:29 PM
canucksailorguy
Re: Cuba in my sights

Americans can go to Cuba under certain circumstances. Formerly, you would have to have a general license. Those were and are available to journalists, religious missions, cultural, sports - a few other categories. More recently, having significant Cuban family there would entitle you, as would being from Cuba.
Last spring, the current administration approved 'people to people' tours, run by properly licensed tour operators. These have just gone through a bit of a shakeup, with license renewals being held up as Rubio, in Florida, caused a stink about how the tours were being conducted. That's another thread and not relevant here.
The confusion is that the rules state (outside of the above exemptions) that Americans can go to Cuba - but they cannot spend money there. Since to enter the country involves paying various duties and buying health insurance, it automatically becomes illegal. One way around this is for the Cuban government to waive these fees, as they were going to do for the Sarasota-Havana race, or for a third party - Cuban or non-American - to pay all your costs for you.
So if you were sponsored by a Canadian like myself, you could go there. It would involve convincing OFAC (Office of Foreign Asset Controls) that that was indeed the case. And yes, paying your sponsor back IS a violation.
If you want to keep up with this, you can see my Cuba website, the link is in my signature, or join the Facebook page, http://facebook.com/cubaforbiddenparadise.
10-17-2012 11:13 AM
wannabsailor
Re: Cuba in my sights

A little confused. A few months back I asked if it was Ok to sail to Cuba. Before the moderators moved the thread elsewhere I received several comments that Americans were not allowed to go to Cuba with very few exceptions. After doing more research it almost seems that it’s not that it’s Illegal to go to Cuba, it’s just illegal to spend any money. How do you get around this? Or do you?
10-16-2012 11:42 AM
floridajaxsailor
Bbc

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-19958577
10-15-2012 12:08 PM
canucksailorguy
Re: Cuba in my sights

Many products are manufactured under license - Coke is likely one of these, and the license would come from, say, Mexico or Canada, thereby not violating the embargo.
As for the appliances, Cuban Americans are permitted to send money or bring goods directly into Cuba without any problems, so many CAs help their families back home this way. For this sort of thing, there is no need to use a third country.
At the resorts, you can watch almost any tv station you wish, and many Cubans get their world news in this way - but outside of the resorts, choice is restricted, so Cubans don't get CNN for example, only the communist government's channels.
It's a very complex, very confusing at times, society. It's also fascinating, which is why I'm going back this winter.
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