Six small catamarans lined up on the beach in Key West at sunrise Tuesday, heading into 17 mph winds to cross the Straits of Florida.
It was the second edition of the Havana Challenge, where sailors from Key West ventured into the Gulf Stream to visit Cuba.
In last year's race, one boat sank, one broke apart and three others limped into the harbor. Rio O'Bryan was hoping for better luck this year.
"We sank on the way over last year, so we're trying to make it all the way this time," he said.