67th Ernest Hemingway International Billfishing Tournament, Smooth Sailing for Fishing in Cuba
By Roberto F. Campos, Photos: Publicitur (Norlys)
Following the 67th tournament at the beginning of June this year, local authorities affirmed that this type of recreational activity attracts more and more travelers every year from around the world.
Awards aside, this is one of the oldest fishing events in the world, in addition to the fact that it was part of the life of the great American writer, Ernest Hemingway.
Over 50 teams from 13 countries participated this year: Cuba, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, France, Mexico, South Korea, Lithuania, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Costa Rica and United States, bringing 28 boats to the competition that took place from May 29th to June 3rd with a total of 450 participants.
This event opened in 1950 and targets billfish or pelagic fish, and among its rules is the Tag and Relay method, an environmental and protective touch.
Participants not only get to fish but in their spare time can go on excursions, hike, go to concerts, and mingle with Cubans on Havana’s streets.
Domingo Novo, the Marina Hemingway’s Commercial Director, expressed his satisfaction with this year’s competition and said that although participation did not exceed last year’s, there was a greater involvement of Cuban crews.
This event is governed by the Cuban Federation of Sport Fishing and the National Sport, Physical Education and Recreation Institute (INDER) and its results are valid for international ranking.
The main organizer of the tournament is Commodore José Miguel Díaz Escrich, President of the International Hemingway Nautical Club.
The Club just turned 25 years old only a few days prior and has over three thousand associates. Nearly half of these are from the United States, with a significant number of Cuban and Canadian members.