France wins 2012
Ernest Hemingway Tournament
THE French team, led by Girard
Aprile, won first prize in the 62nd Ernest Hemingway
International Billfish Tournament, held
in Havana with the participation of fishing
enthusiasts from more than a dozen countries.
French team won the 62nd Ernest
Hemingway International Billfish Tournament.
During the awards ceremony at the
Marina named for the Nobel Prize winner and author
of The Old Man and the Sea, Aprile said he
was very excited to win the Cup at this traditional
event for a fourth time and that he was thinking
about going for a fifth.
The winner and his colleagues won
the trophy in 2005, 2006 and 2009.
The Ukrainians, led by Oleksandr
Tupyskyy, took second place, making their first
appearance in the tournament, with their boat Marlin
XI. Another French crew captained by Jean Yves,
aboard the Veneciana II, took third place.
Oliviero Saltarelli, leading an
Italian team, took the prize for the largest
dorado, at 16.8 pounds, on their DC-9-III.
Attending were a total of 105
fishermen from 16 countries including: France,
Ukraine, Mexico, Lithuania, Italy, Venezuela, Russia,
Holland, Spain, Ghana, Canada, Guatemala, Ireland,
Britain, the United States (challenging the U.S.
government’s travel ban) and Cuba.
One of the oldest of its kind in the
world, the Hemingway is a tag and release
tournament, functioning in accordance with
International Game Fish Association regulations,
intended to make the sport more environmentally
conscious and respectful of the species.
Other elements are also incorporated
such as the use of circular hooks which cause less
harm to fish caught.
The tournament’s competitors had
Havana’s coastline as their range, waters which
experienced fishermen have long called Hemingway’s
Mile, since this was the area the renowned author
chose for his fishing expeditions.
This edition of the tournament is
part of festivities marking the 20th anniversary of
the Club Náutico Internacional Hemingway de Cuba
(May 21), the organizers of the event and the site
west of the city from which the competing teams
The organizing committee issued its
invitation for the 63rd tournament, to be held June
3-7, 2013, an attractive event that serious fishing
enthusiasts around the world, and interested
tourists, are looking forward to. (SE)