66th Hemingway International Marlin Fishing Tournament
More than 90 boats from nine countries sail Cuban waters as of Tuesday, to win the Cup of the 66th Ernest Hemingway International Marlin Fishing Tournament, a competition that makes it possible to highlight the island as an attractive destination for recreational tourism.
In charge of the organizing committee of the competition, Domingo Cisneros, president of the Marlin S.A. Business Group of Navigation and Marinas, told ACN about the significance of the current edition, since it exceeds the record attendance set in 1979 when 85 yachts competed, 70 of them from the United States.
On this occasion, highlighted Cisneros, there are more than 80 vessels from the United States, the crews of which can now live this adventure because of the new scenario of relations between Cuba and that country.
Cisneros said there are also teams from Lithuania, Argentina, Russia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Italy, Cuba and France, which he highlighted as the biggest winner of the cup to date.
The president of Marlin S.A. underlined the presence of women among competitors, mainly in U.S. and French groups, as well as youngsters who love this type of competition, which takes place in several nations of the region.
Fishing days will be June 15 and 17, while June 16 will be a day of rest for crews and the tournament will end on June 18.
The Hemingway Tournament, promoted in the early 1950s by the Nobel Literature Prize winner (1954), stands out among the oldest of its kind, preceded only by the World Tuna Cup in Nova Scotia, and the Shad Tournament in Mexico.