Team Caliente took home first place in the 2018 Quepos Billfish Cup.
Costa Rica se convirtió en el paraíso mundial para quienes practican la pesca deportiva.
La infraestructura de las marinas, vida acuática, montes submarinos y domo térmico de sus aguas, entre otras cosas, atraen una considerable cantidad de especies marinas para generar un ecosistema balanceado lleno de vida.
“Podemos decir que el país tiene una riqueza impresionante, es considerado de los lugares más importantes en Latinoamérica”, aseguró Henry Marín, coordinador de estrategia y proyectos de la Federación Costarricense de Pesca (Fecop).
Nuestro país ofrece a los participantes especies como pez vela, aguja azul, aguja negra, atún rayado, atún aleta amarilla y dorado, entre otros.
“Costa Rica ya casi es la capital mundial de pesca deportiva, ha consolidado su fama y su marca en los diferentes destinos del mundo. Por sexto año hemos sido anfitriones del Mundial de Pesca Deportiva y en coordinación con el Instituto Costarricense de Turismo hemos colaborado para sacarlo adelante”, aseguró Jeff Duchesneau, gerente de Marina Pez Vela.
El deporte y el turismo se conjugan para aprovechar los recursos naturales sin dañar el ecosistema. La pesca tipo “catch and release” tiene como propósito liberar a los peces sin dañarlos.
Además, el impacto económico en la zona es significativo, generando empleo e ingresos por el comercio.
“En promedio, el turista que viene a hacer pesca deportiva gasta diez veces más que el visitante promedio. Un pescador desembolsa entre $1 mil y $1.500 a diferencia del resto que por día gasta entre $100 y $125. El deporte es caro pero las personas que vienen buscan un estilo de vida elevado: querrán comer en los mejores restaurantes y hospedarse en los mejores hoteles”, añadió el gerente de la marina ubicada en Quepos, Puntarenas.
En el ámbito meramente deportivo, Fecop inició el proceso para que el Instituto Costarricense del Deporte y la Recreación reconozca la pesca como una disciplina meramente deportiva.
Por su parte, la Confederación Internacional de Pesca Deportiva, fundada en 1952 en Italia, con más de 50 millones de miembros de 77 países representantes ya inició con la solicitud con el Comité Olímpico Internacional para la introducción de este deporte.
“Nuestra meta es tener pesca deportiva colocada en los Juegos Panamericanos y hacerlo un deporte olímpico tal y como lo es el surf, tenis de mesa o balonmano, que lograron introducirse para 2020. Es hora de que esta disciplina ingrese a los eventos deportivos más destacados”, comentó Carlos Cavero, director de Fecop.
Sin embargo, el país deberá trabajar en varios factores para convertirse en potencia mundial.
Los intereses de los barcos comerciales de pesca siguen invadiendo la trayectoria de los peces en aguas donde se practica la disciplina y esto afecta la cantidad de animales.
La promoción en el extranjero también es un factor que considerar para aumentar la afluencia de extranjeros en el país.
Marina Pez Vela hosted the annual Marina Pez Vela Open with a record setting field for this warm up tournament for the Offshore World Championships, which are being held this week at the marina. The MPV open is a two day tournament, open to both participating teams in the OWC as a warm up event and to general entry from local or other international anglers looking to compete against some the international visiting anglers. This year, a total of 19 teams participated in the angling action which featured some intense competition between the top teams with the leaderboard changing every hour in a tight two day race.
During the two day event, there were a total of 89 Pacific Sailfish released, 8 Blue Marlin, 18 Yellowfin Tuna and 10 Dorados. The Tuna and Dorado required a minimum size of 15 pounds to be validated and all were weighed at the docks at the end of each day of fishing. Pacific Sailfish were worth 200 points and Blue Marlin for 500 points. The results came down to the absolute last minutes of the tournament with an epic battle which had the first six positions all separated by just one fish.
- First Place: Miss Judy with 2300 points
- Second Place: Fatherz and Sonz team on the Double Nickel boat with 2200 points
- Third Place: Whardafukarwee on the Billfish Boat with 2100 points
- Fourth Place: Caliente (winners of the Quepos billfish cup) with 2100 points
- Top Captain went to Orlando Jimenez
- Largest fish weighed went to a Brazilian Angler Flavio Oliva with a 61 pound Dorado
The Marina Pez Vela Open is a qualifying event for the Offshore World Championship so in addition to the prize money, trophy and awards, the team from Miss Judy has qualified for the 2019 Offshore World Championship with their last minute heroics.
Team Caliente takes home first place in the 2018 Quepos Billfish Cup.
In total, 12 teams competed in 2018’s 3-day Quepos Billfish Cup, with daily prizes for total billfish releases, as well as largest mahi-mahi and tuna caught during each competitive day of fishing. Top professional and amateur anglers, on some of the most iconic fishing vessels in the country, competed in the world’s richest fishing grounds to crown the winning team. Huge prize money and the coveted invitation to the 2019 Offshore World Championship were on the line.
Special guests at this year’s Quepos Billfish Cup were Team Hatteras, led by the CEO of the Hatteras Yachts, Kelly Grindle. Grindle was accompanied by COO Wade Watson and the sales director for the Americas, Troy Hogan. Team Hatteras fished on Sante, Marina Pez Vela’s own Hatteras GT60, and closely missed the final leaderboard. Marina Pez Vela is a dealer for Hatteras Yachts in Costa Rica.
The final results after three intense days of fishing, with teams jumping in and out of the leaderboard, included 149 releases — 9 blue marlin, 1 black marlin and 138 Pacific sailfish. Team Caliente, led by Captain Keith Banks, took home first place with a total of 19 sailfish releases and 1 marlin during the tournament. Second place went to the team Fish Tank with 20 sailfish releases. Game Plan, an early leader, came in third place with 17 sailfish releases and one marlin.
The Quepos Billfish Cup has two divisions: one for large boats and another for small boats.
The final results:
Large Boat Division
- Fish Tank
- Game Plan
Small Boat Division
- Shake n Bake
- Good Day
- Queen Bee
The Quepos Billfish Cup also recognizes individual excellence. The following individual prizes were awarded:
- Top Captain: Keith Banks
- Top Angler Big Boat Division: Topher Wightman
- Top Angler Small Boat Division: James Brown
- Top Lady Angler: Samantha Mumford
How do you aim to differentiate your tourism service supply?
JEFF DUCHESNEAU Our amenities and infrastructure distinguish Marina Pez Vela from others. It is a world-class marina including the docks themselves, which are all floating concrete docks and the sign of a high-quality marina. They are more expensive to build, but are safe, secure, and more resistant to wear and tear. The buildings were built by Portafolio Inmobiliario. We have six restaurants on site, an Italian ice-cream shop, and 30 tour operators. We have a yacht yard and the only 200-ton travel lift in all of Central America. It is designed to haul out boats safely so we can take these beautiful private vessels out of the water to be repaired and undergo maintenance. There are very few places in Central America that can do that.
ISABEL VARGAS One differentiator we are trying to develop is wellness tourism. The wellness tourism we want to promote in Costa Rica is not the conventional spa concept. We are not looking at hotels with massage offerings, but a comprehensive service to offer a better quality life experience in contact with nature. We want to include not only the medical component but also activities like mountain hiking, yoga in the forest, picking strawberries, and visiting orchards. This lifestyle experience could be a better healing therapy than traditional pharmaceuticals. We want to offer an authentic experience, where visitors can interact with the people of Costa Rica and nature. This approach is related with a third market niche, which is cultural tourism, the one the chamber wants to work on and promote. Cultural tourism is focused not only on rural tourism but also offering the experience of how we live. Wellness tourism is related to cultural tourism since it is people in contact with other people. It is learning how to live, expand your horizons, and more. We want visitors to open their minds to see and feel differently. We want to sell transformative life experiences.
Why should tourists visit and consider becoming tenants at Marina Pez Vela?
JD 25% of Costa Rica’s economy is driven by tourism, and nautical tourism is an extension of that. Coming to Marina Pez Vela is to experience the 31 different available activities—onshore or offshore fishing, catamaran cruises, snorkeling, scuba diving, or parasailing to name a few. There is an almost endless amount of tours on offer. Few places in the world have such variety. Number two is the authenticity of the marina and the experience of the town of Quepos, which includes its food, people, and culture. We are also just 8km from Costa Rica’s most visited national park, Manuel Antonio. We have different events like the national volleyball tournament, and a boat parade in December in which 6,000 people from all over Costa Rica participate. It has become an amazing water tourism event and, in the span of three years, has been classified as a national cultural event.
Are you more interested in quality or quantity in terms of visitor statistics?
IV Bringing in more tourists to our country means more economic activity is generated, leading to more employment opportunities and greater investment due to larger demand. As we get more visitors, the country will boost its tourism income, economic situation, and social economy. If a new minister changes our development model, this distribution will not happen, and I hope the new minister will maintain the current aspects of the model. We want to have a sustainable tourism model that generates economic and social distribution of wealth. That said, we are not seeking mass tourism. We have more to offer, which is why we have focused our marketing on attracting visitors who stay longer and want to know more about the country. Mobility is relatively easy in Costa Rica.
Gray FishTag Research is proud to acknowledge the hard, consistent and productive work that is being done by our Research Centers and their crews. The continued efforts are truly helping our initiative in being able to analyze the data coming in from the tagged fish and providing relevant information.
In Costa Rica alone, the four research centers: Marina Pez Vela, Los Sueños Resort and Marina, Crocodile Bay Eco Lodge and Zancudo Lodge have tagged over 1300 fish.
That is an incredible number given the short time period that we have been up and running. Out of the 1300 tags, Marina Pez Vela hasreached a milestone of 500 tags deployed. The crews on Double Nickel and Good Day have relentlessly been contributing to the program. They have helped perfect the way to interact and inform the charter customers on how to get involved in fisheries science. In return they have gained an engaged and satisfied customer who is more likely to remember their fishing trip and becoming a repeat customer.
The owner, General Manager and entire staff at Marina Pez Vela have all rallied behind this effort. They are providing an office (iFish) for customers and crews to come and log their catch data. Mr. Jeff Duchesneau has led the effort in conjunction with Mr. Alcides Alfaro and Mr. Carter Takacs to spearhead the model with a record number of tags deployed which has resulted in MPV being the top Research Center worldwide at this time.
We are equally humbled and excited about the work being completed by all the crews from AquaWorld (Cancun, MX) and the Pisces Group (Cabo, MX), as well as our research centers Grande Alaska Lodge, and Sunset Marina (Ocean City, Maryland.) There are so many other people to thank as well. We have boats and crews in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and the Florida Keys who all contribute on a daily basis.
The number of fish tagged within a research center is also relevant to when the facility joined Gray FishTag; but, some friendly competition is, of course, always welcomed as it adds an element of additional fun to the activity. We are continuing to give our tags and applicators for free, so we do value diversity of species over quantity when it comes to fish that we tag. However, getting as many tags in the water will also produce the most accurate and informed data.
We are also glad to see the crews being so involved and taking pride in educating their angling customer while deploying our tags. Please visit GrayFishTag.org and the Live Tag Feed to see the incredible work being put in by all the charter fishing professionals helping us.
·Double Nickel has tagged and released over 150 fish in 2 years!
·Each boat in the Therapy IV fleet recently tagged and recaptured a Greater Amberjack in one weekend.
Gray FishTag Research (GFR) is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization. This is an international and fully interactive fish tagging program powered by the world’s largest network of fishing professionals consisting of approximately 10,000 charter boat captains and mates. The program is collecting information in real-time to produce valuable scientific data directly from anglers in every part of the world. We are now able to connect professional fishermen with the scientific community who are desperate for relevant data. Results are providing biologists and scientists with valuable information on migration patterns, fish stocks, growth rates, habitat depths and much more.
Our mission is to support the charter sport fishing industry and overall fishing community while producing valuable data to marine science research. Gray FishTag Research is bridging the gap between professional charter fishermen and the science community in an effort to sustain our fisheries for our future generations.
By: Marie Cullen | Photos: Marina Pez Vela
Saunders Yachtworks (below), a family-operated yard for nearly 60 years, performs routine upkeep to complex refits. Featuring a 165-ton hauler, it handles boats and megayachts to 130 feet (39.6 meters). For example, the Westport 112 Kassablanca arrived in May for some work. Meanwhile, most people likely know Marina Pez Vela for its slips for megayachts to 200 feet (61 meters). It also has several restaurants, shops, and rental villas. What you may not know, though, is that it’s further home to the Yacht Yard at Marina Pez Vela (above). This service yard, with a bilingual staff, has a 200-ton lift. It can therefore haul megayachts to 150 feet (nearly 46 meters) for bottom painting and other tasks. The Yacht Yard at Marina Pez Vela is reportedly the only Costa Rican facility with a 200-ton lift. In addition, Costa Rica has no other sites combining traditional dockage and service.
The reason the two companies have aligned comes down to practical facts. “It is important for us to acknowledge the fluidity of the sportfishing and cruising communities in the Gulf of Mexico and Central America,” explains John Fitzgerald, Saunders Yachtworks’ CEO. In fact, “The amount of our customers who travel regularly to Costa Rica continues to grow,” he adds. It’s worth noting that Marina Pez Vela hosts four billfish tournaments each year, from January to April. Therefore, Saunders Yachtworks’ staff can continue supporting customers who participate, or cruising megayacht customers, as they head south.
Those same staff will assist Marina Pez Vela’s craftspeople in expanding their skills, and vice versa. Jeff Duchesneau, the marina’s general manager, says, “We’re thrilled to be affiliated with a yard in the States that has this level of expertise.”
Expect Saunders Yachtworks and Marina Pez Vela to display together at boat shows, along with other events.
By Elizabeth Lang | Photos: Marina Pez Vela
QUEPOS, Puntarenas – The fate of this small coastal town has often been determined by external influences: the Standard Fruit Company, Palma Tica and, more recently, a huge boom in tourism based on the popularity of the nearby Manuel Antonio National Park.
QUEPOS, Puntarenas – The fate of this small coastal town has often been determined by external influences: the Standard Fruit Company, Palma Tica and, more recently, a huge boom in tourism based on the popularity of the nearby Manuel Antonio National Park.
The leadership of the Marina Pez Vela in the heart of the town seeks to break the community’s historical duality between the locals and the gringos by working with the Municipality and other actors to create collaboration for the general improvement of Quepos. The Marina has been making an effort to invite all quepeños in to make use of its facilities as a public space.
“For me to be a part of a project that starts to… show people that development isn’t intrinsically bad and can create great public space for future generations of local people and better job opportunities – that’s a fun thing,” Cutter told The Tico Times.
Cutter’s love of the town and its history has led him to create free public events such as family movie nights, school graduations, support for the Independence Day faroles parade, a Día de las Mascaradas with trick-or-treat included, and the Christmas Bright Lights boat parade. These events are done with the sole purpose of creating a safer and more fun Quepos.
“We try to do all these public events so that the community of Quepos takes ownership and feels that the Marina isn’t just some other gringos,” Cutter said.
“We did all the architectural work for the malecón: the paving stones, we put the material in, and then the Municipality put it together. All of the new benches and flowerpots on the malecón, the Marina donated them to the Municipality and we’ve given them a full design plan on how to redesign the whole malecón,” Cutter said.
This help on behalf of the Marina contributes to the Municipality’s project of beautifying the town.
“The malecón has been appropriated so that the people and tourists who come here feel safe,” Emily Fernández, from the Quepos Municipal Office of Tourism Management, told The Tico Times.
“We don’t want to be the people who change Quepos. We want to be the people that helped Quepos change itself,” Cutter said.
The Marina has been carrying out the Bright Lights Boat Parade for four years now with the goal of creating an enjoyable family event to start off the holiday season.
He says he plans to keep building on past successes.
“It just takes time. I think that’s one of the things the Marina’s good at. They understand that none of the things that we’re going to do here are about doing an event and tomorrow it’ll end. They know that if you really want to change it, it is about doing 50 events. If you want to change it, it’s two to five years of this,” he said.
The Bright Lights Boat Parade will be held on Dec. 9 at Marina Pez Vela in Quepos, Puntarenas with more than 15 illuminated boats. For more information visit the Bright Lights webpage.
By PELAGIC GEAR | Words: Colin Sarfeh | Photos: PELAGIC, Zac Yarbrough, JJ Slater
MARINA PEZ VELA [Quepos, Costa Rica] – Rockstar! lives up to it’s name as Costa Rica’s Funnest Big Game Fishing Tournament – 3 bands, 3 parties, 6 PelagicGIRLs, 27 teams, 236 billfish, and $110,000 in prize money!
The sound of AC/DC’s “Hells Bells” radiated from a stack of high voltage amplifiers as a shaggy, Costa Rican guitarist serenated a procession of tournament vessels through the port of Marina Pez Vela. The twenty-seven-team fleet lined up in the warm, Pacific waters off the coastal town of Quepos, Costa Rica with heavy anticipation of red-hot fishing ahead. Directly at 7:00am, twin flares fired to the sky signaled all captains to push their throttles to full as varying sportfishers – large and small – galloped towards the horizon. The Inaugural Rockstar! Offshore Tournament presented by PELAGIC had begun…
Below: The customary shotgun start in front of picturesque Marina Pez Vela was a “blast”
The Rockstar! Offshore Tournament is a team event focusing on the wide variety of species available in the fertile offshore waters of Pacific Costa Rica. Labeled as the country’s “Funnest Big Game Fishing Event”, The Rockstar! featured multiple marina-side bashes, three knock-your-socks-off rock ‘n roll bands, a PelagicGIRL Fashion Show, and offshore tournament extravaganza.
Below: PelagicGIRL Marissa Everhart embodies the true Rockstar! spirit
Host Marina Pez Vela is a true gem of Costa Rica… Tucked along the rugged Pacific coast and dividing the towns of Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Marina Pez Vela is an angler’s paradise offering over 200 wet slips, 8 restaurants/bars, luxury condos, charter and tour center, and full service yacht-yard with 200-ton Marine Travelift.
Below: Marina Pez Vela was the perfect venue for the Inaugural Rockstar! Offshore Tournament presented by PELAGIC
This tournament hosted both a large (35’ and over) and small (34’ and under) boat category, with general divisions of: Billfish Release, Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo. $110,000 in cash prizes were presented to teams for their performance in releasing the most aggregate billfish points (sailfish, blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin) and/or weighing the heaviest two-fish total of each gamefish species (tuna, wahoo, dorado) during the two-day tournament.
Below: Plenty of dorado and sailfish joined the Rockstar! party
The event kicked off in fine fashion on January 12th as twenty-seven teams committed their entries and jackpot bets to the tunes of Ben Jammin & The Howlers playing live on the main amphitheater stage of Marina Pez Vela – the center piece of Rockstar! Tournament Village. In between sets, the beautiful PelagicGIRLs hosted a super raffle that featured some incredible prizes from Seeker Rods, Orca Coolers, Cutwater Spirits, and Pelagic Gear. The atmosphere was electric, the beverages were flowing, and everyone was geared up for day one of tournament fishing the next morning…
Below: PelagicGIRLs Skylar, Heidi, Heather, Marissa, Michelle, and Christina hosted the super raffle // Standing room only at the Captain’s Meeting
The first day saw 111 combined billfish tallied for our fleet highlighted by a 1200-point release total (9 sailfish & 1 blue marlin) and largest dorado of the day (23 lbs.) for Team Tranquilo. This performance sealed the deal on a triple header of daily jackpots, including levels of High Rollers $5K, $1K Billfish Release, and Dorado. In the small boat category, it was Team Good Day who held the lead for Billfish Release with a combined 800-points (5 sailfish & 1 blue marlin), while Swordfish weighed-in the heaviest dorado (28 lbs.). The evening culminated as the sun sank into the Pacific and Los Mojados played a high-energy mix of reggae-fusion-rock to cap off a great day on the water.
Below: Team Tranquilo wrangles one of their 10 billfish released during day one of the tournament // Los Mojados put on an incredible show // NFL Hall of Famer, Warren Sapp, all-smiles with a Costa Rican mahi
Day two saw a total of 125 billfish released, capped by a tournament-best, single-day score of 1600-points (13 sailfish & 1 blue marlin) and the largest dorado of the day (30 lbs.) by Team Miss Judy, earning them two daily jackpot cash prizes. In the small boat category, both Swordfish and Un Toque ended the day with 500 release points (5 sailfish), a daily jackpot prize that would be split by the two teams. Team Reel Deal took home the daily jackpot for their 28 lb. dorado.
Team Miss Judy weighs-in the heaviest dorado of the two-day tournament
When the dust had settled and all points had been gathered, the tournament fleet released a staggering total 236 billfish, 23 of which were either blue or striped marlin! And, furthermore, of twenty-seven teams entered into the inaugural tournament, ten were awarded cash prizes for their performance.
Earning the largest check of the tournament was Team Tranquilo, featuring an eclectic group consisting of NFL Hall of Famer, Warren Sapp; PelagicGIRLs Skylar Vallancourt and Heidi Hill; and PELAGIC Pro Team Captain Victor Julio with Ken & Amanda Cofer. Capt. Julio is arguably the most-consistent tournament captain on the planet today, having won or placed in the Pacific’s most-prestigious fishing events including the Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Jackpot. This team earned a cash prize of $35,583.33 by winning three day one jackpots (High Rollers $5K, $1K Billfish Release, Dorado) and 2nd Place Overall Billfish. Congrats to Team Tranquilo!
Below: Tranquilo takes center stage with the biggest check of the tournament
Winning 1st Place in the Billfish Release Division was Team Pescadora with a combined release total of 2000-points (14 sailfish & 2 marlin) earning them a check for $12,413.33. They beat out Team Tranquilo (also 2000-points) by scoring their last billfish release 6-minutes earlier. Team Sea Angel took 1st Place Dorado by scoring a fish on each day for an aggregate weight of 45-lbs (17 & 28-lbs). Combined with a $5K High Rollers Day 2 Jackpot, Sea Angel took home a check for $20,690.00. Scoring the only tuna of the tournament was Team Sea Hawk; their 17-lb. yellowfin earned them a check for $7,600.00. Congrats to all our First Place winners!
Below: Pescadora took home the billfish crown // Ben White and Austin Angel of Sea Angel rockin’ out with their solid bull // Great things come in small packages, like this 17-lb. yellowfin that earned Sea Hawk a nice check
In the tournament’s small boat category, it was Team Good Day that walked away with the Billfish Release championship by scoring 1,000-points (7 sailfish & 1 blue marlin) during the two-day event; they cashed in a check of $6,225.00. Team Reel Deal stole the dorado show by winning the division with a two-fish tally of 45-lbs (21 & 24-lbs). Congrats to our Small Boat Category winners!
Below: Team Good Day and Reel Deal victorious in the small boat category
10 of 27 Teams won CASH PRIZES:
Below: Team Frenzy took home the award for most-fun-had during the tournament
On the event’s final night, all winners were welcomed to the concert stage in tournament village and presented with large ceremonial checks and trophies by Gray Taxidermy. The night was an evening of celebration in Marina Pez Vela, capped with an awesome rock-n-roll concert by Mustang65 that included a fireworks extravaganza and send-off of Queen’s hit track “We are the Champions”.
Below: Mustang65 rocked the stage on the final night of the tournament
We’d like to give a huge THANK YOU to Marina Pez Vela for hosting this great event; to our fine sponsors and friends Seeker Fishing Rods, Orca Coolers, Gray Taxidermy, and Cutwater Spirits for going above and beyond as always to provide some incredible prizes and donations; and to everyone who attended this inaugural event to make it one we’ll soon never forget.
Mark your calendars…. The Rockstar! Offshore Tournament presented by PELAGIC will be returning to Marina Pez Vela next January 11-13, 2018!
After declaration of National Emergency, national and international departures and national and foreign vessels are suspended until further notice. #HurricaneOtto
Contrary to a recent news report, Marina Pez Vela Quepos meets and complies with ARESEP dispensing and pricing regulation. Our station was most recently certified on July 5, 2016. See certificate of compliance here.
Printed copies of our certification are available at our Marina offices and Fuel Dock store. For more information, please contact email@example.com
The Pacific Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) named “Dash” (Tag ID: GFR3008) was originally tagged & released by angler Dan Hess on February 19th, 2016. Dan was fishing with Captain Jody Whitworth (GFTR Board Member) aboard the boat III Amigos, out of the Official Research Center Los Sueños Resort and Marina (http://www.lossuenos.com/), located in Playa Herradura, Costa Rica. The Sailfish was estimated to be 65 inches (165.1 cm) total length and had an estimated weight of 50 pounds at the time of release.
The Sailfish was recaptured 27 day later on March 16th, 2016 by the commercial longline vessel El Viejillo, with Captain Roberto Zapata out of Quepos, Costa Rica. During that 27 day time period, the Sailfish most likely stayed just offshore in the productive waters, where conditions are ideal for feeding. The recapture was near an area of seamounts approximately 110 miles offshore. At the time of recapture, the Sailfish had an estimated length of 66 inches and weight of 60 pounds.
Pacific Sailfish are characterized by an enlarged dorsal fin which forms a “sail”. The body has a dark blue dorsal side and silvery white bottom side, with approximately 20 bars of light blue spots running vertically along the body. Pacific Sailfish generally inhabit the surface oceanic waters offshore with frequent movement into nearshore waters. They are often considered less oceanic compared to other fish species.
This tag recovery is a great example of the collaborative work of fishers from all sectors. The Sailfish was tagged by recreational anglers aboard a charter boat from the GFTR Official Research Center, Los Sueños Resort and Marina, located in Herradura, Costa Rica. The Sailfish was then recovered by a commercial fisherman and reported to another GFTR Official Research Center, Marina Pez Vela located in Quepos, Costa Rica.
The Gray FishTag Research program has been able to shatter the expectations for fish recapture rates thanks to the hard-working professional fishermen on the water day in and day out. Tags are provided free-of-charge to the collaborating professional fishermen, and the tag data is available to the public at www.GrayFishTagResearch.org
The III Amigos charter boat crew will receive some Gray FishTag gear for their tagging efforts. Captain Roberto Zapata will receive a pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses, a Tag & Recovery Certificate, and Gray FishTag gear for reporting the tag recovery.
The tagging and research efforts is made possible by our research centers and sponsors AFTCO, AA Video, American Fishing Wire, FECOP, Mold Craft, Costa Del Mar, CR Primo Fishing Tackle, Shadow Graphics, AquaWorld, Crocodile Bay Resort, Grande Alaska Lodge, Los Sueños Resort & Marina, Marina Pez Vela, The Pisces Group and The Zancudo Lodge.
For more information, please contact the Gray FishTag Research in-house fisheries scientist Travis Moore at travis@GrayFishTag.org or 954-675-3896
Quest for Championship Begins at Parador Resort and Spa
QUEPOS, Costa Rica (April 18, 2016)— Sixty-six teams with anglers from 29 countries enjoyed an evening of food, fun and live fire dancers at the Parador Resort and Spa in Quepos, Costa Rica, to officially kick off the 2016 Offshore World Championship. Participating teams hope to return to the record-setting catch totals of the last few years as they vie for the title of Offshore World Champions.
After a good night’s rest, the teams hit the docks at 5 a.m. CST to report to their assigned boats for the day. The traditional opening day boat parade followed, and then it was lines-in for day one’s fishing.
Following each day of fishing, competitors will unwind at daily dockside socials at Marina Pez Vela with complimentary Flor de Cana rum, local Costa Rican beer, food and live entertainment, while they check-in their release videos for scoring.
The tournament is sponsored by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) and Marina Pez Vela, along with Accurate, AFTCO, Costa del Mar, Down East Guide Service, Flor de Cana, Garmin, Geoffrey Smith Galleries, Guy Harvey, IWS Scales, King Sailfish Mounts, Lucas Oil, Marlin, Melton Tackle, Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, Parador Resort and Spa, Penn, Salt Water Sportsman, Sport Fishing, Toyota Rent a Car, 2Costa Rica Real Estate, VanMark Jewelry and Yeti.
The tournament will continue throughout the week, ending on April 21. The top teams, boats and anglers will be honored at the Awards Gala at Marina Pez Vela on Friday, April 22.
About Bonnier Corp.
Bonnier Corporation is the parent company of the Offshore World Championship Tournament Series. Bonnier Corporation (www.bonniercorp.com) is one of the largest consumer publishing groups in the U.S. and is the leading media company serving passionate, highly engaged audiences, through magazines, events, digital media and leading-edge products. Bonnier Corp. is the U.S. division of the Bonnier Group (www.bonnier.com), an international media group active in television, newspapers, magazines, movies, books and digital media.
For more information, contact:
Dan Jacobs, tournament director
Lynda Wilson, assistant tournament director
BY Marlin POSTED MARCH 18, 2016
Back-to-Back Record-Setting Tournaments Set the Stage for 2016
As winter slowly creeps into spring, fishing teams from all across the globe ready their gear and mindset for one of the most highly anticipated tournaments of the season. The 17th Annual Offshore World Championship (OWC) tournament returns for the fourth time to the prolific waters of Quepos, Costa Rica, from April 17-22, 2016, in hopes of repeating the tremendous fishing its participants enjoyed over the past three events. Teams competing in 2014 and 2015 events experienced back-to-back record catches, releasing 5,575 billfish in just eight days of fishing — a truly incredible number. Will the bite return for the 17th OWC and make tournament history once again?
This year, organizers expect more than 60 teams with anglers from 25 different countries to take part in this unique “earn-your-spot” format where each team must win in a qualifying event to receive an invitation. This means that the doubles, triples and quads of big, hungry Pacific sails, marlin and gamefish that come into the spread will run into some top-notch anglers that have come up through the ranks and fought their way to the top in fishing events at home. The teams also rotate from boat to boat each day to provide a level playing field for the international group of teams.
Quepos — long known as a sleepy fishing village that put Costa Rica sport fishing on the map in the early ’90s — came alive when Marina Pez Vela opened its first phase of docks and a fueling station in 2010. Now the thriving community and marina host world-class events that draw charter and private boats from all over the world. Marina Pez Vela is the perfect host marina for the OWC. It continues to evolve, offering completed on-site condos, six of the region’s best dining options and a full-service Yacht Yard featuring Central America’s only 200-ton Marine Travelift. Marina Pez Vela recently announced slip expansions that will bring the marina to 200 slips. Anglers will enjoy the marina’s close proximity to the fishing grounds, dockside socials and gala awards banquet.
Once again, the luxurious Parador Resort and Spa plays its part in the tournament, hosting the OWC from the edge of a pristine rainforest. The resort blends into nature like no other, and it has earned a number of prestigious awards for its passionate commitment to both the environment and the local community. Built high above the sweeping Pacific coastline on Punta Quepos, Costa Rica, the resort covers 12 acres of rainforest and encompasses several hiking trails. The resort’s beauty is matched only by the high quality of service provided to each and every guest.
For more information on the Offshore World Championship, and to follow team scores during the tournament April 17-22, visit offshoreworldchampionship.com.
Sponsors for the Offshore World Championship include the Costa Rica Tourism Board, Marina Pez Vela, Lucas Marine Products, Costa Sunglasses, Geoffrey Smith Galleries, Garmin Electronics, Parador Resort, Flor de Cana, Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, King Sailfish Mounts, Guy Harvey, Aftco, Van Mark Jewelers, Yeti, Penn, Accurate, Dragonfly Sportfishing, Melton International Tackle, 2CostaRica Real Estate, Toyota Rent a Car and Scale Master.
About Offshore World Championship
Founded in 2000 by the International Game Fish Association, Offshore World Championship is a true angler/team tournament, and the only tournament in the world that requires the entire team to fish from different boats each day. Teams must qualify by winning one of the many quality Offshore World Championship-sanctioned tournaments to earn an application to fish the event.
About Costa Rica
Costa Rica is located in Central America, nestled between Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south; it is bordered on the east by the Caribbean Sea and the west by the Pacific Ocean. With an abundance of unique wildlife, landscapes and climates, this small country proudly shelters approximately five percent of the known biodiversity in the world. In order to protect and preserve its wealth of natural resources Costa Rica has become a global leader in sustainable practices with protected areas comprising 26 percent of its land mass. With a peaceful spirit, emphasis on education and an economy based on tourism, technology and exportation, Costa Ricans and visitors alike enjoy one of the highest standards of living and organized tourism infrastructure in Latin America, among a tropical paradise of lush rainforests, mystical volcanoes, and cloud forests and beaches that meet mountains filled with monkeys and macaws. Offering a broad terrain of activities and accommodations, visitors to Costa Rica will find a range of hotel options ranging from small beachside bed and breakfasts, to authentic intimate boutique mountain lodges, to major international business hotel brands and everything in between; Costa Rica’s accommodations offer something appealing for everyone’s desires. The phrase “Pura Vida” can be heard echoing throughout Costa Rica from coast to coast. Used as a greeting or expression of happiness, the phrase literally translates to “pure life,” however its true meaning is “full of life,” which accurately describes the adventure and wonder that await visitors.
About Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT)
Established in 1955, the Costa Rica Tourism Board spearheads the vital task of regulating and promoting Costa Rica’s extensive tourism offerings. The ICT and its partners in the private sector work tirelessly to garner recognition, standardize practices, provide insightful research data and foster cultural development for the country’s coast-to-coast, one-of-a-kind tourism products and resources.
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The country still has no proven virus circulation
The Costa Rica Ministry of Health and Tourism Board have asked all executives from the national tourism sector to strengthen their cleaning efforts and the elimination of possible breeding sites
SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA – Feb. 8, 2016 – The Zika virus should not hinder local and international travelers decision to visit the many Costa Rican tourist attractions.
In an official statement issued on Feb. 1 by the World Health Organization (WHO), supported by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), it was stated that no travel restrictions should be imposed on areas affected by the Zika virus. Moreover, there is no scientific evidence of the presence of the virus in Costa Rica.
“The peak tourist season coincides with the dry season in Costa Rica, which decreases the chances of having mosquitos in the country during this period. However, now is the perfect opportunity to prepare for the green season and take all the necessary precautions, such as eliminating possible mosquito breeding sites,” said Dr. Daniel Salas Peraza, health surveillance director of the Ministry of Health.
The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) has requested the tourism private sector and the coastal municipalities to implement preventive measures to control the virus, such as eliminating mosquito breeding sites, given that this season is usually a popular time for travel to Costa Rica. It is expected that if all the recommendations given by the Costa Rica Ministry of Health are followed, this travel season will be more successful than others in the past.
Regardless, the ICT urges collaboration between associations, businesses and community members to disseminate preventive information, so the country continues to be considered a safe destination for tourists.
The Costa Rica Ministry of Health and Tourism Board have asked all executives from the national tourism sector to strengthen their cleaning efforts and the elimination of possible breeding sites. They also ask the same from all tourism and gastronomical establishments that have a special interest in the health and economic wellbeing of their region.
BY BILL PINO, Blog Squidnation • FEBRUARY 6, 2016
Team Fish Tank traded blows with Caliente for the better part of two days as they both slowly pulled away from the pack.
But after two and half days of battle, Fish Tank pulled ahead for good ending the three day tournament with an impressive 62 sails to win the 2016 Quepos Billfish Cup.
A battle for third ensued as team Fujin and Team Billfish caught up to 3rd place Tranquilo. Fujin actually passed Tranquilo but their stay in third place was short lived.
But the story of the day and week goes to Captain Ben and Chris and Laura Jessen’s Fish Tank. The team started the tournament with a strong 2nd place day scoring 28 releases. They trailed Caliente by 2 going into day 2. Day two Fish Tank took the daily with 18 releases and edged out Caliente to finish the day in first place.
Day three was set as a battle between the two hot boats. The teams stayed tight trading 1st and 2nd place until finally Fish Tank stayed out in front finishing the slowest of the three days with another daily high 16 releases.
Congrats to all the teams and especially to the folks at Marina Pez Vela for organizing another world class event.
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BY NEWSWIRE POSTED APRIL 21, 2015
A world record was set for the most billfish released in a tournament with a total of 2,840 billfish releases, including 2,822 sailfish, 14 blue marlin, two black marlin and two striped marlin. There were 13 qualifying dolphin, three wahoo and one tuna weighed over the 25-pound minimum by the time the scales closed on the final day.
With less than 10 minutes to go in the tournament, only a few hundred points separated the top three teams. Two of those teams hooked up with just minutes left and ended up tied at lines out with 13,400 points each. After final review, the team representing the Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament of Bermuda released their final fish three minutes before the team representing the Torneio de Marlin do Rio de Janeiro Brazil to claim the tie breaker and win the championship. After 1,900 minutes of fishing, it all came down to the wire on the last day in the last minutes of fishing.
The team of American anglers qualified by winning the Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament in Bermuda. The team caught 67 sailfish for a grand total of 13,400-points to win the 16th Annual 2015 Offshore World Championship (OWC). The anglers include Taylor Beckford, Rob Moore, David Berard and Frank Rodriguez.
For their accomplishment the team received custom Championship rings from Vanmark Jewelry, Geoffrey Smith Bronze Trophies, Shimano Reels, Garmin Quatix watches, Guy Harvey limited edition prints, AFTCO Championship Apparel, Flor De Cana Premium Rum, Costa del Mar sunglasses, Tycoon Tackle Custom rods and Artic Ice cooler packs. As champions, they will also have the opportunity to apply to compete in the tournament for many years to come.
Team member Taylor Beckford also picked up the 5th place angler award by releasing 24 sailfish for a total of 4,800 points and received a King Sailfish Mounts trophy and Guy Harvey limited edition print.
The second place team from Brazil, which qualified for the OWC by winning the Torneio de Marlin do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, scored a total of 13,400 points from 67 sailfish releases. Teammates included Marcelo Rodrigues, Joao Paulo Costa, Alberto Faria, Eduardo Castro and Luis Andre Rodrigues. Their experience paid off this year and earned them second place honors and prizes that include Geoffrey Smith Bronze trophies, Guy Harvey limited edition prints, Flor de Cana Rum, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Garmin Virb Cameras, Tycoon Tackle custom rods, Shimano, reel, accurate reel and Artic Ice cooler packs. The second place team will be eligible to apply to compete in the 2016 Championship.
The third place team, also from Brazil, which qualified for the OWC by winning the Torneio de Pesca Open 25, Brazil, scored a total of 13,300 points from 64 sailfish releases and one blue marlin. Anglers included Eurico Soares, Vicente Arruda, Alberto Quintaes, Marco Lips and Flavio Reis. The team’s prizes include Geoffrey Smith bronze trophies, Garmin Virb Cameras, Guy Harvey limited edition prints, Flor de Cana Rum, Costa del Mar sunglasses, Accurate reel and Artic Ice cooler packs. The third place team will be eligible to apply to compete in the 2016 Championship.
1st Place 13,400-points, Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament, Bermuda
2nd Place 13,400-points, Torneio de Marlin do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
3rd Place 13,300-points, Torneio de Pesca Open 25, Brazil
1st Place Tuna Bite – Captain Howard Lynch, 15,600-points wins King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Guy Harvey Print, Flor De Cana Rum, Costa del Mar sunglasses, AFTCO Rod Belt, AFTCO gaff, TBF tag stick and Artic Ice cooler packs.
2nd Place Epic – Captain Michael Alligood, 15,400-points wins King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Guy Harvey Print, Flor De Cana Rum, AFTCO Rod Belt, AFTCO gaff, TBF tag stick and Artic Ice cooler packs.
3rd Place Sea Fly – Captain David Mesen Gonzalez, 13,828-points wins King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Guy Harvey Print, Flor De Cana Rum, AFTCO Rod Belt, AFTCO gaff, TBF tag stick and Artic Ice cooler packs.
Top Boat/Captain based on best three days of fishing out of four.
Top Six Anglers
1st Carlos Louro, VIII Blue Marlin Race Do CNL, 7,500-points from 35-sailfish releases and one blue marlin. Prizes: Shimano Reel, King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Guy Harvey Limited Edition Print and Flor de Cana Rum.
2nd Christian Del Campo, Texas Women Anglers Tournament, 5,425.7-points from 27-sailfish and one 25.7-pound dolphin. Prizes: Accurate Reel, King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Guy Harvey Limited Edition Print and Flor de Cana Rum.
3rd Albert Earl Klein III, Savannah Sport Club Bluewater, 5,000-points from 25-sailfish. Prizes: Accurate Reel, King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Guy Harvey Limited Edition Print and Flor de Cana Rum.
4th Rafael Brigham, VIII Blue Marlin Race Do CNL, 4,800-points from 24-sailfish. Prizes: King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Guy Harvey Limited Edition Print, AFTCO Rod Belt and Flor de Cana Rum.
5th Taylor Beckford, Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament, 4,800-points from 24-sailfish. Prizes: King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Guy Harvey Limited Edition Print, AFTCO Rod Belt and Flor de Cana Rum.
6th Corina Armando, Trofeu Marlins Bue, 4,400-points from 22 sailfish releases. Prizes: King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Guy Harvey Limited Edition Print, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, AFTCO Rod Belt and Flor de Cana Rum.
Top Three Dorado
1st Place Dorado with 52-pounds is Brian Bailey representing the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic. Prizes: King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Guy Harvey Print.
2nd Place Dolphin with 45.7-pounds is Paul Dozier representing the Casa de Campo International Blue Marlin Classic of The Dominican Republic. Prizes: King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Guy Harvey Print.
3rd Place Dolphin with 45-pounds is Julio Magalhaes representing XV Grand Slam Sportfishing Tournament held in Angola. Prizes: King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Guy Harvey Print.
Top Three Wahoo
1st Place Wahoo with 49.7-pounds is Beni Schvartz representing the Marina Open Torneio de Pesca nas Ilhas, Brazil. Prizes: King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Guy Harvey Print.
2nd Place Wahoo with 34.5-pounds is Sam Worden representing the 2011 OWC Champions. Prizes: King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Guy Harvey Print.
3rd Place Wahoo with 28-pounds is Leonardo Bochner, representing Torneio de Peixes de Bico, Brazil. Prizes: King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Guy Harvey Print.
1st Place Tuna with 25-pounds is Travis Franklin representing the GFA of PNG National Titles, Papua New Guinea. Prizes: King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, Guy Harvey Print.
The tournament is sponsored by the Costa Rican Tourist Board (ICT) and Marina Pez Vela, along with Accurate, AFTCO, Arctic Ice, Costa, Down East Guide Service, Flor de Cana, Garmin, Geoffrey Smith Galleries, Guy Harvey, IWS Scales, King Sailfish Mounts, Marlin, Maverick Yachts, Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, Parador Resort and Spa, Salt Water Sportsman, Shimano, Sport Fishing, Toyota Rent a Car, Tycoon Tackle and Vanmark Jewelry.
To see the full results on the official online scorekeeper site go to: http://owc15.catchstat.com/
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By Rico, QCOSTARICA on 14 April 2015
QCOSTARICA – The Offshore World Championship is off to an amazing start at Marina Pez Vela, with some of the highest results in tournament history. Over 800 Sailfish were caught and released today off the waters of Quepos.
67 teams, comprised of 320 anglers from 27 countries around the globe are all competing for the World Champion Title this week in Quepos, Costa Rica.
The first day winner was a team from Papua New Guinea, who caught and released 38 sailfish at the time of this writing.The team representing the Quepos Billfish Cup had 11 sailfish catch and releases and the lone tico angler, Alberto Laurencich, who is actually fishing for a team from Hawaii, caught and released 4 sailfish today.
All catch and releases videos will be verified overnight by the Offshore World Championship Organizers. Three more days of competitive fishing are on tap as the tournament continues through Thursday, April 16th.
This is the third year in a row that Costa Rica has been selected home of the Offshore World Championship, thanks to the lobbying efforts of ICT and Marina Pez Vela.
Each year, the tournament brings over $2M of direct benefit to the community of Quepos and the tournament has been a catalyst for many of the infrastructure improvements taking place in the city of Quepos.
Source: Marina Pez Vela
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By Trade only Today on April 3rd, 2015
The April 12-17 Offshore World Championship announced a partnership to advance billfish science.
The project, which includes the Offshore World Championship, The Billfish Foundation, Marina Pez Vela, the Costa Rica Tourism Board and the Presidential Challenge of Central America, will call on tournament anglers and crews during this year’s event to collect data.
Organizers said that because of the volume of sailfish found off Quepos, Costa Rica, during the last few seasons, coupled with many of the world’s best offshore anglers fishing the Offshore World Championship, the opportunity to tag a lot of billfish to collect data needed for improved conservation was a natural fit.
The tagging project will provide 350 free tags to anglers pre-fishing the tournament so they can properly tag billfish and submit their tag reports to the staff of Marina Pez Vela.
The Offshore World Championship and the marina staff will load the data into the Billfish Foundation’s website. If all tags are not deployed before the tournament, anglers may tag during the event, but no additional points will be added.
Organizers said speed tagging can kill fish, so anglers tagging during the tournament should exercise extreme caution. Better not to tag than to injure the fish. The tagging contributions OWC anglers make will be helpful and will be showcased via the Billfish Foundation’s website and other social media, organizers said.
Other project sponsors include Costa Sunglasses, King Sailfish Mounts and Bonnier Corp.
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Beach, Big Screen, and Super Bowl: Marina Pez Vela Takes Fiesta to a Whole New Level
By TCRN on February 1, 2015
The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Marina Pez Vela is hosting the single largest Super Bowl party on the Pacific coast. Marina Pez Vela, located in the heart of the port town of Quepos, will be airing the Super Bowl match up between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks outdoors and on the big screen.
Their big screen television measures more than 30 feet in length and 15 feet in height. It will have a live English feed, complete with all the infamous commercials during the big game.
There will be food specials at both restaurants, the Runaway Grill and Mercato del Porto, as well as booths selling chili dogs, popcorn, and other snacks.
During the afternoon there are giveaways for kids and families, games and a magical sunset just behind their enormous screen right at kick off!
Marina Pez Vela offers secure parking. They are expecting a turnout of about 1,000 people for the big game and a Super Bowl party unlike any other in all of Costa Rica.
Article published by The Costa Rica News (TCRN).
San José, Costa Rica.
After last year’s record-setting event, anticipation builds for 2015
Winter Park, FL (January 14, 2015) — The countdown begins until the return of the Offshore World Championship (OWC) to the prolific waters of Quepos, Costa Rica coming April 12-17, 2015. Last year’s competition broke the record for the most billfish ever released in a tournament, with 2,735 billfish returning to the blue waters.
The quaint fishing town of Quepos and newly built Marina Pez Vela proved once again that the world-class tournament could host great crews and boats that came from all over Costa Rica to fish the event. The community worked hard to put anglers in the action, and the upcoming tourney will be just as exciting.
The fleet of 64 international teams, with fishermen from 24 countries experienced one of the most epic sailfish bites in sport fishing history in last year. Doubles, triples and quads came to the boats with surprising regularity and the teams, which hail from around the globe, got a taste for what a “hot bite” truly is!
Situated at the edge of a tropical rain forest, the luxurious Parador Resort and Spa plays its part in the tournament as well, once again hosting the OWC in 2015. The resort has earned a number of prestigious awards, not only for their world-class service and amenities, but also for their passionate commitment to both the environment and the local community. Built high above the sweeping Pacific coastline on Punta Quepos, Costa Rica, the resort covers 12 acres of rainforest and contains several hiking trails on the property.
You won’t believe it until you see it! Check out the tournament video documenting last year’s awesome bite, and the amazing performances of tournament anglers and crews at http://www.offshoreworldchampionship.com/video-gallery.
For more information, and to follow your favorite team on the live scoring feed, visit offshoreworldchampionship.com.
About the Offshore World Championship
Founded in 2000 by the International Game Fish Association, Offshore World Championship is a true angler/team tournament, and the only tournament in the world that requires the entire team to fish from different boats each day. Teams must qualify at an Offshore World Championship sanctioned tournament to earn an invitation to fish the event.
The most exciting holiday event in Costa Rica.
Bright Lights Boat Parade is hosted and organized by Marina Pez Vela. The entrance to the parade is free. Come on down and enjoy a unique experience with your friends and family.
If you are looking for a more exclusive and entertaining place to enjoy the parade, get yourself a Bright Lights Party Pass which entitles you to food, drinks, and dessert @Runaway Grill and the best view of the iluminated boat parade!
Full Schedule in http://www.brightlights.cr/
While many of you are local experts on the subject already from providing tours and/or
experiencing this amazing phenomenon first hand, it is exciting to share that we are back in the
middle of the whale mating and migration season! The waters of the Central and Southern Pacific
Coast are teaming with whales who are giving birth to new calves, teaching them how to breach
and preparing for a migration back to their winter waters and homes. Costa Rica is blessed to
receive whales from BOTH the Northern and Southern Hemispheres in our waters, creating the
longest whale watching season of anywhere in the world. There has also been documented
evidence that the waters off our coast are home to some of the longest migrations recorded with
evidence of whales from ANTARTICA found in the waters just off our coast!
You can view the whales daily from the water and coastline and we would love to invite you all to
share any photos or video footage which you capture when you are out on the waters with our
team at the Marina. This spectacular experience is something we want to share with the world
and is an ideal way for the Marina and this area to attract tourism, visitors and charters during
what are traditionally the slower tourism months. Please upload your photos and links to your
videos on our Marina Pez Vela facebook page so that we can help show the world just another
amazing element of what makes Marina Pez Vela and our waters one of the most unique spots on
As we all know the aperture and completion of the Yacht Yard at Marina Pez Vela is one of the
most important elements and distinguishing factors that the Marina offers to you as owners and
residents as well as to the boating community in general. We are proud to report that to date
we have a total of 35 Haul outs using our Travelift, including the largest to date of the Pura Vida
Princess which was almost 100 feet in length! Check out the video of this enormous vessel getting
serviced in a one of a kind facility here in Central America!
In addition to the tremendous success of the Travelift and important service this represents, we
are also making some enormous advances on the other elements of our Yacht Yard. The Marina
Pez Vela Dry Rack will be ready for reservations here in September and for occupancy in October,
and we will be planning an official grand opening for the entire yard for November with increased
services for our users.
This month we are proud to announce and welcome Mr. Jeff Duchesneau as the new General
Manager of Marina Pez Vela. This is an incredibly important addition to our team and to the
ongoing development and success of the Marina. Jeff is originally from the United States, but
is a 14 year resident of Costa Rica and joins our family at the Marina after an extended and
incredibly successful career as the General Manager of Aerocasillas, one of the largest logistics
and shipping firms in Central America. Jeff, his wife Yorleny and newborn angel Zoe, have already
begun integration into the community and we are proud and excited to be able to welcome such
a talented and experienced professional to lead this project in the weeks, months and years to
come. The team from PINMSA has done an incredible job with their administration after the
departure of the last GM, and rather than just filling the position, we have taken time, energy and
great care in the selection of Jeff as our new General Manager. His presence and leadership will be
a tremendous value to the team working in the Marina and to each of our owners and users. We
hope that each of you has the opportunity to meet Jeff personally in the coming days and you will
inevitably begin seeing a more dynamic evolution of the project as we continue our tireless efforts
to make Marina Pez Vela a world class facility.