FUBAR Odyssey(c)

Fleet Underway to BAja Rally

CUBAR Odyssey Rally

Cuba USA by any Route

SUBAR Odyssey

Sail Underway to BARra  de Navidad

(in planning stages)

 Donations from Individuals:
William Sanford
John & Pat Rains
Gregory Parker
John V. Lee
Bruce Kessler
Roy & Donna Wilson
 Murrey Seidner

Bruce Kessler, founder of the highly successful Fleet Underway to Baja Rally series of cruises, from California to Mexico, affectionately known by participants as FUBAR, and John Wooldridge, Editor-in-Chief of PassageMaker Magazine, the only boating magazine exclusively focused on all aspects of the cruising-under-power lifestyle, have just completed a two-day marathon visit to Washington, DC, meeting with foreign policy experts, Department of State officials, and seven foreign policy aides from the staffs of Democratic and Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, June 5-6, 2012, Kessler and Wooldridge, aided by members of the Latin America Working Group headed by Mavis Anderson, and led by Jeffrey Boutwell, organizer of three workshops in Cuba for the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, discussed the potential for a FUBAR-style rally, proceeds from which benefit junior sailing programs, from Florida to Havana, Cuba, possibly scheduled for April, 2013. “We were well received by senior Congressional staff, and indications are that this event would have some support in the legislature,” said Kessler. “There’s still a lot of heavy lifting to be done before we can submit applications in the coming months for licenses from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce. We will keep all those interested in this potential powerboat rally, which is intended to be a people-to-people sharing of views and a strengthening of ties to the Cuban people, informed of our progress.”

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Charity Event

This event will be a charity event for the benefit of Del Rey Youth Foundation, approved as a 501 (c) (3) charity.

  To help get this event off the ground, donations are now being accepted.  Checks should be made payable to the foundation and mailed.

Del Rey Youth Foundation

6415 Ocean Front Walk

Playa del Rey, CA 90293


Paypal and Credit Cards can be used by going to the charity website delreykids.org

Standing:  John Wooldridge, Jeffrey Boutwell, Bruce Kessler

Sitting:  Alivia Tison, Emily Chow, Mavis Anderson

DC Group working on U.S.-Cuba Charity Rally

Feds Shoot down CUBAR rally 04/17/2013
Feds shoot down CUBAR rally This is a great article written by Peter Swanson who is the executive editor of PassageMaker magazine and a longtime contributor to Soundings magazine. http://blog.soundingsonline.com/2013/04/17/feds-shoot-down-cubar-rally   .Please feel free ... More>
CUBAR Rally Canceled 04/11/2013
The CUBAR Odyssey rally, scheduled for this month is officially canceled.  We received an official letter from the Bureau of Industry and Security in the Department of Commerce (“BIS”) that our application has been denied. Unfortunately, they have concluded that the proposed trip ... More>
Application Update 01/30/2013
"The Del Rey Youth Foundation received notice on January 25 from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury that the DRYF proposal for a powerboat rally from Key West to Cuba in April/May 2013 has been received and is being considered.  We will provide updates as we receive them concerning the status of our proposal."
Application Submitted Today 01/14/2013
We apologize for the delay in posting an update recently.  What we expected as we went through the application process was a little like the chicken and the egg...we thought we would get approval then open up applications which is what we previously reported to you but that ... More>
Application Update 10/11/2012
Our hard working committee returned from another trip to Washington, DC and continues to forge ahead on the process of obtaining permits to conduct the first CUBAR rally.  Working with a consultant, we are now well underway with the paperwork process.  We expect to have it ready to ... More>

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