Norwegian sailboat arrives in Havana

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In the midst of the curious and the “restless boys”

Arrival of the Norwegian sailboat Statsraad Lehmkuhl in Havana. (14ymedio)

By Juan Diego Rodriguez (14ymedio)

HAVANA TIMES – With sails up and her crew singing, the Norwegian sailboat Statsraad Lehmkuhl docked in Havana last Wednesday. “Are you bringing pork?” A Havana was heard as he watched the arrival of the Malecón boat. “Pork and hot dogs are what it takes,” he insisted.

The three-master, built in 1914, arrived on the island as part of the One Ocean initiative and will remain anchored for five days at the Sierra Maestra cruise terminal. Representatives of central state administration entities and Norwegian diplomats will formalize the project called NORAD for the production of sea fry on board the vessel.

“The Malecón is full of restless boys,” mused a young man, referring to plainclothes political police. “Everyone is looking at you when they see you with your cell phone in their hand,” he added. “The same old thing: here there is more State Security than anything else, looking at you like the face of a serial killer.”

Indeed, the event, despite its eye-catching appearance, did not attract many ordinary Cubans.

This sailboat arrived nine days after Cuba reopened its borders. His crew was scheduled to speak last Friday at a seminar on sustainability and the ocean environment to be held at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba.

The crew of the Statsraad Lehmkuhl came to sing in Havana. (14ymedio)

Large cruises are still expected on the island this season, another of the government’s hopes to revive the tourism sector, which is currently in deep crisis. In the first half of 2021, only 141,316 visitors were received, or one seventh of that of the same period of the previous year, which was already very bad (986,673).

On October 18, the agency Prensa Latina published that the Fidelis sailboat, flying the British flag and registered in Grand Cayman, was the first boat to arrive in Havana. The “pleasure” boat, with eight crew members on board, came from the seaside resort of Varadero.

Before the covid-19 pandemic, the Spanish navy training ship Juan Sebastián de Elcano reorganized its first trip to Havana to commemorate the city’s fifth centenary. Ninety years after her first visit, the boat was greeted by 21 salvos from the ancient fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña.

As soon as they entered the bay, the chants of the crew of the Norwegian sailboat began, and they greeted the few onlookers who were looking at them: “buenos días” and laughing at the responses of the inhabitants of Havana they heard: “How are you?The spirit remained in the boat, waiting for an order to descend.

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