Havana, Cuba

Oops! I completely forgot to tell you that we sailed to Havana this year for the first time in the history of the Clipper. It was a relatively short visit in Havana and I would have loved to stay a bit longer. My memories must have faded some but it didn’t feel like much has changed in the last 35 years.

I was only in the capital city for a short time back then and explored the rest of the island instead. What struck me most was that even Wolga's drove around and fairly recent Ladas.

Antique American cars
Amazing that nowadays beautiful old American cars gleam as if they came from the factory recently. In 1982 I was already fascinated by these antique American vehicles. They were then at least 23 years old, because after the revolution in 1959 American articles were no longer allowed to be imported. When the hood was open, you could assume that the back was open as well. There the parts and tools were stored which were needed regularly. People drive in the old cars even today. Primed, painted and polished, they are now tourist attraction #1. Back to the times of Elvis and James Dean. And how wonderful that these really old cars have a 5.7 liter engine and twin carburetors.

It was nice to see all of this again but we are now continuing our journey towards America. One consolation:  the Clipper will be back next year. Alongside in the  port of Havana!

23°57’N 084°06’W    

about the author

Andi Manser - Captain Clipper Stad Amsterdam

Captain Andi Manser came on his bike to the Netherlands all the way from Switzerland, his country of birth. He hoped to find a job on a yacht. His job as captain on the Clipper Stad Amsterdam is a dream come true.