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APRIL 12 — Cuba’s Hemingway International Yacht Club is getting ready to celebrate the association’s 15th anniversary.

The celebration, scheduled for May 31, will include a regatta, a rowing race, water skiing competition and a fishing tournament, commodore Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich says in a news release. The club, which is located in Havana, is named after Ernest Hemingway, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American author who lived and wrote on the island for more than two decades.

In addition to the anniversary celebration, the club will sponsor a conference at the Ernest Hemingway Museum called “Ernest Hemingway and Sport Fishing,” the release says. The museum is the restored house in which Hemingway lived from 1939 to 1960. The house is located on a 9-acre estate known as Finca Vigia (Spanish for “Lookout Estate”) and is reportedly decorated with Hemingway’s items such as stuffed deer heads and preserved animals in jars. Hemingway was an active hunter. The house was given to the Cuban government by Hemingway’s widow after he committed suicide in 1961.

The Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba has more than 1,700 members from nearly 50 countries, the release says. It has hosted numerous regattas and sponsored a number of international marine events.

— Jason Fell