Hilton Head Boat Competing In Conch Republic Cup


Several members of the Yacht Club of Hilton Head Island are competing in the Conch Republic Cup, a 511-nautical mile international race that covers three different bodies of water and ends in Cuba. Members are traveling in three different legs. The first group left Hilton Head’s Skull Creek Marina on Jan. 16 for Key West, Florida.

That group included John Singleton, Norm Shotz, Henry Shultz and Hap Todd. The second group left Key West on Jan. 27 and is sailing to Havana, Cuba. That group is made up of Mike Roe, Todd, Singleton, Aubrey Vaughan, Ed Lyons, Marek Belka and Shultz. The third leg of the trip will be Feb. 7, when a group returns to Hilton Head. Joining the team will be Jeff Westfall, Morris Young, Jim Landis, Al Pepe, Smitty Haller and Ivan Puglisi. It is the first time in race history the United States has allowed the boats to travel to Cuba.