The Bermuda Billfish Release Cup was postponed for a few days this year due to unsafe sea conditions with the tournament moving to a one day shootout on July 13th.
Team Uno Mas, a 77’ Willis Yacht with Captain Brooks Smith and mate Eric Rojas, put angler Maria Smith on the bite releasing two blue marlin to lead the team to victory. Maria also earned top angler honors in the tournament. Team C- Student, a 66’ Viking with Captain Kenny Blackman and mate Junior Velasquez, released one blue marlin placing second with Denise Megarity doing the angling. Team El Cazador, an 85’ Ricky Scarborough with Captain Paul Alderman and mate Scott Behrhost, placed third with angler Sarah Ricks catching a blue marlin for the team. The awards dinner, silent auction and awards presentation took place at the Bonefish Bar & Grill featuring great food and the best brisket on the island.
The Bermuda Billfish Release Cup is an easy going fun tournament that benefits the Bermuda Sloop Foundation Adam Goodwin Master Mariner Scholarship program. Last year’s recipient of the scholarship, Adam Zuiit, gave a passionate speech about what the scholarship meant to him and how it is launching him into a career in the marine industry. The foundation has put over 7,000 students through the program since its inception with the generosity of the participants once again providing funding for a full scholarship.
The Bermuda Billfish Release Cup tournament kicks off with a best ball nine hole putt-putt team competition at the incredible Bermuda Fun Golf Course. In the Fun Golf Competition team El Cazador won in a “putt off” tie breaker with team Captain Paul Alderman receiving the green jacket. Team Mama Who placed second and Just a Dog earned third-pace. Winners of the golf competition received custom Bermuda cedar engraved goblets and Guy Harvey limited edition prints.