Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Sailing + Trade in One Post!
When I go sailing, the only border I cross is between Illinois and Wisconsin. Sailors in Florida have far more options that require worrying about customs and trade issue.
Yesterday, I was quoted in the Sarasota Herald Tribune about the prospects for U.S. sailors who want to sail to Cuba to participate in a regatta. As I told the reporter, its entirely possible to do. But, and its an important point, anyone who wants to do that needs to go through the right process and seek a specific license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control. What's involved is an application under 31 CFR 515.567 involving public performances, athletic, and other competitions.
I know some are probably thinking that rich yachtsmen and women in ascots and Henri Lloyd foulies don't qualify as "athletes." Two things: First the definition is not all that strict. Second, watch this: