Red tape sinks Sarasota-to-Cuba yacht regatta
By J. DAVID McSWANE
Published: Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 1:00 a.m.
SARASOTA - The planners of the ambitious Sarasota to Havana Regatta have scrapped their plans to glide 150 boats to Cuba in May after once-optimistic talks with federal officials fell flat.
Because the U.S. Treasury Department did not provide the Sarasota Yacht Club with the needed permits to travel to the embargoed nation by Tuesday's deadline, the sailors are scrambling to salvage the plans for a much smaller production.