Excitement about the 66th Ernest Hemingway International Marlin Fishing Tournament, to run between June 13 and 18, continues to mount and, as the opening date approaches, almost one hundred boats have confirmed their participation.

Excitement about the 66th Ernest Hemingway International Marlin Fishing Tournament, to run between June 13 and 18, continues to mount and, as the opening date approaches, almost one hundred boats have confirmed their participation.José Miguel Díaz Escrich, Commodore of the Ernest Hemingway International Sailing Club, has expressed his optimism about this year´s competition, an event first held in 1950, during the lifetime of the North American Nobel Prize for Literature winning author.

Diaz Escrich is of the opinion that this will be a good opportunity for recreational boating with the presence of, in addition to the usual participants, a further 87 boats from the U.S. alone.

Thought to be the longest running fishing tournament in the world, it will be held one month after the 36th edition of the FITCuba International Tourism Trade Fair, which was attended by a large number of tour operators, travel agents and airline representatives from the U.S.

The Commodore said that it provided an opportunity to showcase Cuba’s excellently preserved marine life and beautiful bays, coves and beaches and the potential for boating they provided.

He added that Cuba could in the near future become one the Caribbean’s most important sailing destinations.

Excitement about the 66th Ernest Hemingway International Marlin Fishing Tournament, to run between June 13 and 18, continues to mount and, as the opening date approaches, almost one hundred boats have confirmed their participation.He referred to the need however, to enhance the infrastructure and staff training for those working at ports and attended to visiting anglers with differing levels of competitiveness and seamanship.

For the past 16 years the Commodore has represented the International Game Fishing Association (IGFA), a body with very close ties to the both the tournament and Cuban sailing generally.

Located in the Marina of the same name in west Havana, the Hemingway Club that had only 28 associates -- only one of which was from the U.S. -- from 10 countries back in 1998, now a total of 2,173 from 65 nations, more than one thousand of which are North American.

It has been announced that the 66th Ernest Hemingway International Marlin Fishing Tournament will include, amongst others, Italian, Spanish, British French and for the first time Angolan anglers.

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