July 31, 2021

Monthly News - July 2021

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Azimut Leads US Market with 27% Growth

Azimut Yachts reports excellent results in the United States for the second quarter 2021 (April-June 2021), with 25 new units delivered in the 14-35 metre range, up 27% on the same period last year. With these numbers Azimut Yachts, distributed across the US by the brand’s historic dealer MarineMax, confirms its position as the leading foreign shipyard in its segment on the US market. “Americans love Azimut yachts more than ever,” said Azimut-Benetti Americas President Federico Ferrante. “In recent months in particular, we have seen steadily increasing interest in all the products in the range, from the super sporty Verve models to our largest yachts, including the new Trideck flagship. The notoriously knowledgeable and demanding American public is particularly appreciative of our proven capacity for product innovation, of the fact that we offer technologically advanced models with a rich array of highly intelligent design solutions. As well as recognising the great reliability of our after-sales service.” The success of Azimut Yachts products on the US market, where dealer MarineMax operates process by teamwork with the company, is backed up by the numbers: in the brand’s leading market, Azimut Yachts reported 27% growth in the quarter from April to June 2021, with the delivery of 25 new units totalling 1,550 feet in length (472.4 metres). This result represents a 27% rise on the same period the previous year. The average length of yachts has also increased and now stands at 63 feet (about 19 metres), up 15% on last year. The two most popular Collections are the top of the range Grande Collection, which with deliveries up 75% confirms the growing interest in larger models, also highlighted by the US debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October of the new Trideck, and the Verve Collection, which has reported spectacular results with the Verve 47, a product developed specifically for the US market that has sold a remarkable 45 units in just a year and a half since the launch. The popularity of this model has exceeded all expectations and prompted the shipyard to create a smaller version, the Verve 42, which will be unveiled in world preview in Fort Lauderdale, but retail contracts have already been signed for 10 units.

Bayliss at Big Rock

This year's Big Rock Tournament featured a record number 270 participants, four of which were Bayliss builds. Wave Paver (77'), Lights Out (65'), Salty Tiger (62') and Tarheel (62') all made strong showings in Morehead City, NC.  Wave Paver took first place in the Level VII Weekly Release with 925 points. They released two blue marlin and one white marlin for the win and brought home $207,187.50 in prize earnings. Lights Out released one white marlin and one blue marlin, and Tarheel released one blue marlin as well. We love seeing our boats in action doing what they were built to do.

Benetti Double Win at Nautical Design Awards 2021

Benetti boasts a double success at the “Design and Innovation Awards”, a prestigious competition organized by the magazine Boat International: 107.6-meter Luminosity and 107-meter Lana each win an award, recognizing the leading role these Giga yachts play on the international stage. Luminosity earns the top spot on the podium in the “Outstanding Lifestyle Feature” category with its sleek, elegant Beach Club; Lana wins in the category “Outstanding Exterior Motor Yacht Design – 60m and above” for its bold and sporty exterior lines designed by Benetti. The Design and Innovation Awards, the coveted ceremony organized every year by the authoritative Boat International magazine to celebrate design and innovation in the world of yachting – considered the nautical equivalent to the Oscars, announced the winners of the 2021 edition on Wednesday, July 7th. The winners, chosen by a jury made up of designers and stylists also from sectors transversal to boating, are Luminosity, the largest hybrid yacht in the world at 107.6 meters in length, and Lana, a 107-meter diesel-electric Giga yacht. Giovanna Vitelli, Vice President of the Azimut|Benetti Group, said: “The esteem that Benetti has earned in the construction of yachts over 100 meters is now undisputed. Also in this segment, Owners, surveyors, captains and media from all over the world have recognized the high build quality of our brand and these awards confirmed, once again, our international leadership.” The Beach Club, one of the noblest and most sought after areas onboard all modern yachts, has earned Luminosity the “Outstanding Lifestyle Feature” award. The comfortable and welcoming area is equipped with a spa, gym, wellness center with sauna and turkish bath and a swimming pool that can be transformed into a dance floor. Thanks to two flap doors, even the enclosed portion offers a spectacular view of the sea. Luminosity can be defined in all respects as a yacht for the twenty-first century: technology, privacy and comfort, in addition to the exceptional Beach Club, are the key points of the yacht with over 800 square meters of 3-meter high windows that give the feeling of being suspended at sea, in absolute silence. The hybrid propulsion system with which Luminosity is equipped makes it the largest hybrid yacht in the world. An integrated 3 MWh battery pack allows all main systems to operate without the aid of generators for up to 12 hours, in total absence of noise and vibrations, even allowing travel within protected marine areas that are inaccessible to other motoryachts. The second award, the “Outstanding Exterior Motor Yacht Design – 60m and above”, was awarded to the Giga yacht Lana design, penned by the Benetti Exterior Design Team. Bold, unique, elegant and sporty, Lana highlights the shipyard’s ability to create cutting-edge gems of design. Her external lines conceal impressive volumes and the smooth and elongated surfaces in glass and metal project the ship towards the horizon, making the figure even more slender. Among the standout features of the yacht, the full-beam master cabin on the command deck is characterized by contemporary luxury design, embellished by two terraces with a breathtaking view of the sea. The plumb bow speaks of a decidedly modern style and the large swimming pool on the Sun Deck, an interesting proposal compared to what is normally seen on yachts of this size, balances well with the helipad on the lower deck, dividing the spaces in harmony.

Fairline New Spotify Play List

For the perfect ambience whatever the occasion, luxury British boat builder, Fairline Yachts, has curated a second series of atmospheric playlists providing the perfect soundtrack both on and off the water this summer. The boat builder’s channel on Spotify, “F//Line 33 Presents”, has just released Volume Two, adding five new distinctive playlists. F//Line 33 Presents Volume Two is powered by Fusion Entertainment, specialists in marine audio systems. Whether it’s a lazy day, a beach party, romantic sundowners or a cruising adventure, there is a playlist to soundtrack your summer, with each carefully crafted to set the right tone. The playlists range from chilled background melodies to after-dark beats designed to get the party started. Each inspired by the personality of Fairline’s award-winning dayboat, the stunning F//Line 33. Miles Moorhouse, Head of Marketing at Fairline Yachts, comments, “With the positive feedback received following the release of our first volume of the F//Line 33 Presents series, we wanted to connect the global Fairline family again with our second volume. Our carefully curated Spotify channel invokes the lifestyle of our stunning dayboat and shares the unique personality of the F//LINE 33. Setting the perfect scene, we know these tracks will be enjoyed as the backdrop to many adventures, both on and off the water this summer.”

Gamefisherman Sponsoring 52nd Annual Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational

Gamefisherman is gearing up as a proud sponsor of the 52nd Annual White Marlin Beach Haven Invitational August 11th-14th, 2021! Every summer for over fifty years, boats from up and down the coast have come to Beach Haven, NJ to fish the annual White Marlin Invitational. This summer, the tradition continues with anglers gathering to head offshore in search of the prized white and blue marlin, tuna, wahoo, and dorado. Carrying on a sportfishing tradition that has been passed down through generations, this tournament honours the allure of the chase. 

Itama Palcoscenico A Dizzying Dance

Light, elegant dance steps on the generous foredeck of one of Itama’s iconic models, with the sea providing the backdrop for the amazing “Palcoscenico - A Dizzying Dance on Itama 75": an emotionally charged video created by Ferretti Group brand Itama, with the creative direction of Craq Design Studio, music by Valerio Pellegri and Alessandra Ferrari and in partnership with Massimo Carosi, artistic director of Danza Urbana, the International Festival of Dance in urban landscapes in Bologna, who has a wealth of expertise staging dance projects in unconventional settings.  A symbol of timeless Italian elegance, Itama transformed the generous teak foredeck of Itama 75 into an extraordinary 30-square-metre stage overlooking the water, which was used as the exciting set for a 4-minute video shot in the early morning light. This pioneering project in the field of dance and yachting makes use of an exceptionally large space for a boat of this size, exploiting the unusual gradients of the foredeck to create dance steps that reach out over the water, communicating a genuine sense of vertigo. The elegant, flowing movements of three dancers from the MM Dance Company directed by Michele Merola lead us through a choreography divided into three sections: a slower, more progressive introduction during which the protagonists take possession of the foredeck, the solos in which three dancers play individually with the spaces on board Itama 75 and, finally, a more dynamic composition created specifically to highlight the sense of freedom that typifies the yachts built by this shipyard with a “Mediterranean soul”.  The carefully researched costumes worn by the dance company were designed by Nuvia Valestri, inspired by the colours of Itama 75’s teak foredeck and the dawn sky. Paying tribute to the natural elements, they offer a masterful interpretation of the lightness of the morning breeze and the power of the waves breaking on the rocks.  Framed against an evocative and imposing backdrop of clouds and waves, the dance steps celebrate not only a well-known iconic model like Itama 75, but an entire range characterised by the perfect synthesis of power and elegance and an Italian design that has led to these magnificent boats being described as “designed by the sea”.

Jarrett Bay Wins Lady Angler Tournament

With a Grand Slam and a 34-pound dolphin, Hull 59 Builder's Choice took home first place honors at the Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament. Winning the release category on a tiebreaker, plus the dolphin category and the overall tournament purse landed the team a sweet payout of $130,000!  Also at the Keli Wagner tournament, hull 11, Bill Collector was awarded second place in the tuna category with a 47.8 pounder and a $6,000 check.

Karnic Wins Cyprus Export Award

As a result of their export achievement, Karnic has been honoured with the Cyprus Export Award for Industrial Products for the year 2019. The award was presented to the company by the President of Cyprus in a ceremony that took place at the presidential residence in Nicosia.  We take this opportunity to thank the whole Karnic team for the consistent effort throughout the years as well as our International Dealer Network for continuously supporting our brand. Furthermore, we wish to express our gratitude to our suppliers for standing by us and of course, all individuals throughout the world who have honoured us by choosing our products.

Monte Carlo Yachts Shipyard News

The Italian shipyard keeps delivering custom units of various sizes, distinguished by supreme levels of comfort and safety on board. True to its tailor-made approach, each MCY model features distinctive customization solutions both in the arrangements as well as in the décor, guaranteeing unprecedent levels of freedom for the owners. In these weeks, a stunning MCY 70 and a brilliant MCY 80 have left the Monfalcone shipyard, ready to offer unique experiences at sea to their owners. Further on, it will be the turn of a brand new MCY 105 headed to Australia, early enough for the start of the season in the southern hemisphere.

Nordhavn Expands with Russia Office

Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc. is pleased to announce it has joined forces with Alciona Yachting LLC in Moscow, which will serve as its new agents in the Eastern Europe/Central Asian market. Alciona will operate as Nordhavn Russia servicing clients in Russia as well as other ex-USSR countries including Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Latvia.  Bolstered by success and commitment thanks to decades of experience, Alciona has established itself as a premier yacht management and brokerage house for clients in the Eastern European and Central Asian region. With the addition of Nordhavn to its dealership portfolio, Alciona further broadens its representation which also includes Nimbus, Greenline, Dynamiq, and Discovery Yachts.  “We are very excited to join the Nordhavn family and represent such a prominent builder,” said Nikita Gorchakov, founder of Alciona Yachting, who will also serve as brand ambassador for Nordhavn Russia.  With growing interest in expedition-style yachts amongst boaters in CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) nations, PAE wanted to improve the scope of its reach to this sector of clientele. Daniil Slugevich represented a Russian client wanting to build a new Nordhavn 68 last year.  "Working with Nikita the past year on the sale of N6843 has been a very positive experience,” said PAE President Dan Streech. “We have great confidence that the Alciona group will open doors into a new rich market for Nordhavn Yachts.”  Gorchakov and Slugevich aim to help the Nordhavn name gain traction in what has traditionally been an untapped market for the brand by making sales and marketing materials more accessible. Their first course of action will be translating portions of the Nordhavn website into Russian and providing Russian-language captions to corporate videos.  While Alciona will act with a specific regional focus as Nordhavn Russia, the company has a global reach with a second office in London that manages European deals. Alciona’s multi-lingual agents will also help Nordhavn’s other offices with language barriers that might exist with international clients.

Numarine Strengthens Team 

Numarine decided to strengthen the Sales and Marketing team ahead of the Cannes Yachting Festival 2021. The company appointed Ali Tanir as Head of International Sales, while Ugur Sahin is a new addition and he will work as Domestic Sales Manager. "We never stop developing the company and the way we work”, said Omer Malaz, Founder and Chairman of Numarine. “I’m happy with how our order book fills up and I’m sure that, with our new structure of the Sales department, we have potential for even better results. I’d like to wish Ali and Ugur all the best in their new positions.” Since 2012 Ali Tanir, yachting veteran with more than 17 years of experience in international operations, has been working for Numarine as Communications Manager, Brand Manager and then Sales and Marketing Manager. Before Numarine, Mr. Tanir has worked for a number of important companies and institutions on the market, namely Istanbul Offshore Club, Vicem Yachts, Yuka Yacht and the UIM Class 1 Powerboating series. In his new role he will focus on working with international clients. Prior to joining Numarine, Ugur Sahin was holding the position of Sales and Marketing Director and Sales Manager consecutively for 14 years at Karina Marine Group, a well-known company representing main brands from the yachting industry. Mr. Sahin also worked in automotive and food companies, which were leading brands in their own sectors, such as Volkswagen, Daimler Chrysler and Texas Pacific Group. At Numarine, Mr. Sahin will focus on the domestic sales for Turkish clients.

Riva Destination at Dani Maison Ischia

A new pearl joins the collection of Riva Destinations in the Mediterranean: on the island of Ischia, set in the beautiful Bay of Naples, a new Riva Privée opens its doors at award-winning chef Nino Di Costanzo’s Daní Maison Restaurant.  Set in the exotic atmosphere of a garden scattered with unique artworks and the typical symbols of the local culture, this Riva Privée is a dreamy destination. Yachting tradition at its most authentic, meticulous attention to detail, and the timeless elegance of Riva style are the perfect fit for the culinary excellence and peerless hospitality of Daní Maison, the time-honoured Ischian family home of Chef Di Costanzo transformed into a place to meet and socialise characterised by the welcoming spirit for which the Naples area is famous.  In keeping with the guiding philosophy of “Riva inside, inside Riva”, this unique location replicates the Riva Destination formula that has already been a great success in top yachting destinations (including Venice, Opatija, Monaco, Formentera and Porto Cervo), extending the values and appeal of the Riva legend beyond yachting to famous hotels, restaurants and clubs that can be reached on board a yacht. The aim is to bring the excellence of Riva to owners, yachting enthusiasts and travellers in search of elite destinations.  An outstanding feature of the Ischia Riva Privée at Daní Maison Restaurant is the culinary excellence of the menu prepared by Chef Nino Di Costanzo (two Michelin Stars). Every detail is carefully curated to build a sophisticated sensory journey that taps into special memories and emotions aroused by colours, flavours, woods and tailormade service.  After gaining experience working with some of the great master chefs and numerous assignments in France, Canada, the United States, Belgium, the UK, Spain and Switzerland, Chef Nino Di Costanzo returns to his native Ischia to realise his vision, in which every dish reveals its essence of a cuisine made with passion, love, research, study, experimentation and respect for the raw materials used.  For guests of the Riva Privée at Daní Maison, the Chef has prepared a special menu inspired by Riva: pairings of products from the sea and the land that showcase each individual ingredient in such a way as to make them immediately recognisable, notwithstanding the complexity of the recipe as a whole, stimulating the most refined palates and delighting simpler ones, all with the help of sophisticated wines and champagnes.  In the Riva Privée on Ischia, like the other destinations, the furnishings immediately transport guests into the magic of the Riva myth, blending with the fragrances and flavours of the garden personally designed by chef Nino Di Costanzo. Unique detailing like the chrome, steel and lacquered mahogany, or the aquamarine cushions, conjure up at first glance the iconic yachts of an unforgettable golden age. The Aquarama chairs and tables have the same features typically found on the boats. The cushion and backrest of the chairs are in the same Mambo fabric used for the external cushions on the boats, while the table tops, with the central Riva logo inlaid in satin-finish steel, feature the characteristic striped motif of the boats’ decks. All set among original works by artist Lello Esposito and lush fern, helichrysum, aloe and prickly pear plants, scented with rosemary, nepeta and oregano, making for an immersive and memorable experience.  Research and innovation, as well respect for tradition, attention to detail, craftsmanship and excellence, are the unifying theme of yet another winning partnership, this time between international yachting legend Riva and Daní Maison, the ne plus ultra of hospitality on the island of Ischia.  Recent Riva Destination openings worldwide include: the Riva Lounge at the Waterfront Costa Smeralda in chic Porto Cervo; the Riva Lounge and Privée at the Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel and Spa in Opatija (Croatia), the famous tourist resort that has won over the international jet set with its beautiful landscapes and crystal clear water; the Riva Privée at the Molo47restaurant on Formentera, the most glamorous of the Balearic Islands; the Riva Privée at Splash, Port Van Gogh, Paris, which offers guests the opportunity to discover unbelievably beautiful views of the French capital from the river on board an Aquariva Super; the magnificent Riva Lounge on the terrace of The Gritti Palace in Venice, famed for its magical atmosphere and breathtaking views out over the Canal Grande and of Santa Maria della Salute Cathedral. Other dream locations are the Riva Lounges at the historic Riva di Sarnico Shipyard and on the fourth floor of the Monaco Yacht Club, or the Riva Privée at Garage Italia in Milan, inspired by the Riva Aquarama motorboat.

Riva Wins Best New Series

It is with extreme pleasure that Officina Italiana Design, the Bergamo-based studio which has designed all of Riva’s yachts for over 26 years, announces that the new 88’ Folgore has won the prestigious Best New Series Award at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards. The Riva model was chosen for the plaudit from a selection of six finalists by a highly respected jury that met online on the Boat International digital platform.  “We are so incredibly proud of this award. We are delighted that Folgore was selected as Best New Series. This 88’ has been very warmly received by the international market despite the huge difficulties caused by the pandemic. It has been embraced as a safe, stylish island for people that like to stand out from the crowd,” declared Mauro Micheli, Chief Designer Officina Italiana Design. “I believe that both the public and the Boat International jury particularly appreciated the fact that although it is sporty coupé, it has the kind of balanced lines that we at OID like to craft with an emphasis on clean, characterful design. It also has spaces optimised to allow its occupants live the sea in exceptional comfort. The 88’ Folgore marks the start of a successful new direction for us, and this award is a reward for our hard work”.  Launched in May 2020, the 26.9m Riva sport yacht ushers in significant new additions in terms of both external and interior design. Dimensions-wise, it is the heir to the 88’ Domino, one of the yard’s best-sellers, and has both styling and graphic flourishes as its focal point. The result is that it slots neatly into Riva tradition and does not sully the brand’s signature iconic lines. Arriving in the wake of the Dolceriva, the 2019 model that opened the way stylistically for a new Riva era, Folgore not only introduces new styling cues but also brings something extra to the mix too.  Like the Dolceriva, the Riva 88’ Folgore has two simple lines running along its profile, very much reflecting Officina Italiana Design’s clean, rigorous styling philosophy. Certain aesthetic features help make this boat unique, not least the slight reverse-angle of its windshield and the striking design of its hull windows which run like a deft upward black pencil stroke along its silvery flank.

Sabre Breaking Free

Sabre congratulate the winners of its 2021 photo and video contest: Best Photo: Cheryl and Terry, Best Video: Gary and Susan.  Sabre gives the sincerest thanks to everyone who entered.  Sabre has put a video compilation of all the wonderful submissions - it's a true and heart warming celebration of "Breaking Free."

Sanlorenzo Wins at Boat International Innovation and Design Awards

Sanlorenzo and the Rome-based design studio led by Bernardo and Martina Zuccon wins the prestigious Boat International Design and Innovation Award 2021 for the exterior design of the Sanlorenzo SX112 in the Outstanding Exterior Motor Yacht Design – 24 to 39.9 m category. Another success for Zuccon International Project, winner of the 2021 Boat International & Innovation Awards – in the Outstanding Exterior Motor Yacht Design – 24 to 39.9 m category – for its design of the extraordinary exterior lines of the SX112 from Sanlorenzo. Acknowledged as one of the most prestigious prizes in the yachting world, the Boat International Design and Innovation Awards recognise not only naval architecture and style, but also the aspects of a boat’s design and technology that represent innovation, engineering, and sustainability among the changing needs of today’s owners. Judges felt SX112 creates an entirely new boating: “In this very competitive category, the SX112 stood out for the skilful use of space and glass surfaces […] for the unusual layout and stylistic features that emphasize the connection with the environment such as the large beach club with multiple openings”. “I am highly honoured to have received such a prestigious award together with Sanlorenzo, with which the Studio has a close and profitable partnership,” said Bernardo Zuccon. “SX112 is a great example of organic, extremely fluid architecture for a yacht inspired by the world of large marine mammals. It is a boat designed to experience the sea directly, limiting the barriers that separate man from nature. We wanted to open up the yacht to the sea through a simple and direct reworking of the spaces. In more detail, the stern area at the heart of the project has been designed as a spacious beach house where interiors and exteriors flow harmoniously into each other, giving the owner the chance to experience the spaces on board in a completely new way.” The iconic beach house designed by Studio International Project was also one of the finalists in the Lifestyle Feature category of the Boat International and Innovation Awards 2021, together with the master suite project for the Sanlorenzo H1 ALLOY.

Sunreef Shortlisted for 2021 Gussies Electric Boat Award

The Sunreef 60 E and the 80 Sunreef Power Eco have been shortlisted in the 2021 Gussies Electric Boat Awards. The Gussies were created to recognize the inventors, designers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and visionaries who are making advances every day to develop clean, quiet, zero emission technologies and designs to reduce reliance on fossil fuel for marine propulsion.

Sunreef Shortlisted in Four Categories of International Yacht and Aviation Awards

Sunreef Yachts has been shortlisted in four categories of this year’s International Yacht & Aviation Awards. Putting fine design and excellent craftsmanship in the spotlight, the Yacht & Aviation Awards recognize and reward the best creations and most innovative concepts in the aircraft and yachting industry. Shortlisted entries are presented online, and voting is now officially open. Sunreef Yachts is present with the 49M Sunreef Power superyacht in the Concept over 40 metres category, the Sunreef 70 in the Sailing Yacht category as well as the 60 Sunreef Power in the Motor yacht under 25 metres and Interior design award under 40 metres categories.

Viking Gulf Coast Triple Crown Champs

Hats off to the crew on Devotion – the 2021 Gulf Coast Triple Crown Champions. After slugging through the 10-tournament series, Josh Tice’s Viking 61 was crowned the champ with Jason Hallmark at the helm and mates Tyler Matherne, Ben Arnold and Blake Norwood on the assist. Devotion’s biggest series win was a 1st Place finish at the Louisiana Gulf Coast Billfish Classic where the team released four blue marlin and weighed a 683-pound bluefin tuna. They claimed 2nd Place Blue Marlin at the Emerald Coast Billfish Classic and 2nd Place Boat at the Pensacola International Billfish Tournament. This series brings out the best of the best seeking the most sought-after championship in sportfishing.

Viking Quest for the Ring

Viking covered the leader board at the inaugural Jimmy Johnson’s Quest for the Ring Championship fishing week in Atlantic City. Boats and anglers earned positions in virtually every category. In Viking’s own backyard, David Johnson took home the Heaviest White Marlin with a 73.3-pounder aboard the Viking 62 Business.  Michael Jordan, owner of the Viking 80 Catch 23, weighed in a 70-pound white marlin that claimed 3rd Place, and captain Stetson Turney led the team to 1st Place Release with one blue and a dozen whites. Captain Bill Davis behind the wheel of the Viking 62 Polarizer took his team to 2nd Place Release with one blue and seven whites.  In the Tuna Division, Kevin Pintozzi on the Viking 48 Random Chaos landed the 2nd Place fish weighing in at 215 pounds. The winning 36.7-pound dolphin was hooked by Jake Emche, fishing aboard Fish On, a Viking 48. Captain Tim Tanghare brought Doug Allen’s Viking 62, Big Oil, to the scale with the 3rd Place Dolphin.

Viking Blue Marlin Grand Champion

The Blue Marlin Grand Championship is packed with energy and anticipation as the finale of the acclaimed 10-tournament Gulf Coast Triple Crown. This year’s 2nd Place Grand Champion Boat was the Viking 55 All In. Captain Blake Bridges put Gregg Trenor on four blue marlin to take the 2nd Place Boat and 1st Place Release team. Second Place Release went to Jon Gonsoulin and his team on the Viking 70 Done Deal with a trio of blue releases. The Viking 48 Pearl, last year’s Triple Crown and Blue Marlin Grand Champion winner, weighed the 2nd Heaviest Blue Marlin with Joseph Yarborough’s 572.2-pound fish. Meat Dealer, a Viking 52, claimed the 3rd Heaviest Tuna with a yellowfin at 146.4 pounds. The Top Dolphin went to the Viking 66 Wynsong’s 32.8-pounder.

Viking at Stone Harbor Marine Invitational

Right off their win at the Bermuda Big Game Classic, the Krazy Salt’s team is back at it! Captain Keith Greenberg led the Anderson family’s Viking 80 to the top of the leaderboard at the Stone Harbor Marlin Invitational with 16 white marlin releases. Dan Pettit racked up six of those, earning him the Top Angler title, while teammate Eric McDowell released four to claim 3rd Place Angler. The boat received the Warren Buckingham Memorial Trophy, and Keith was honored with the Walt Hendee Captains Award. Krazy Salt’s anglers pictured above, left to right – Dan Pettit, Brian Gill, Keith Greenberg and Paul Sudell with daughters Ava and Viviana. Quick Raise, a Viking 72, took 2nd Place Boat with eight releases. Ron Davis, fishing on the Viking 52 Outrage, was the 2nd Place Angler.

Viking at Lone Star Shoot Out

Babe Appling’s Viking 74 Bimini Babe rolled up to the weigh station with a 118-inch blue marlin at the Houston Big Game Fishing Club’s Lone Star Shootout. Angler Lee Weidner’s fish tipped the scale at 549.5 pounds and claimed 1st Place. The Viking 55 Sarco weighed the 3rd Place Dolphin at 27.5 pounds. Sea Trial, a Viking 48, claimed 3rd Place Wahoo with a 34.5-pound fish. Top Junior Angler was awarded to Weston Rhodes on the Viking 55 Walk West.

Viking Galati Billfish Blast

It was Twisted Bills for the win at the Galati Yachts Billfish Blast, the first in the three-tournament Florida West Coast Bluewater Series. The Munyan family’s Viking 56 released two blue marlin to claim Top Boat. Right behind them in 2nd Place was Team Galati, fishing a Viking 70, with one blue. The Viking 56 For Now grabbed 3rd Place with a blue marlin release, completing the division sweep for Viking. For Now weighed the 1st and 2nd Place Tunas at 20.8 and 20.5 pounds and the 2nd Place Wahoo with a 39.3-pound fish. Miss Elizabeth, a Viking 61, had the Heaviest Wahoo of the event with a 51.3-pound ‘hoo and the 2nd Place Swordfish at 99.7 pounds. Team Galati weighed the 2nd Heaviest Mahi at 24.9 pounds.

Viking Wins at Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

High Cotton, a Viking 92, won the biggest payout in the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. The team, led by owner Pete Bell, Captain Allan Legge and angler Cliff Mountain, boated the largest fish of the week, a blue that tipped the scales at 681 pounds. Cliff also claimed the Top Angler award. Owner/angler Josh Tice, captain Jason Hallmark and the team aboard Devotion, a 61 Viking, captured 2nd Place with a 471.2-pound blue marlin. The Viking 68 Briar Patch, owned by Dennis Adams, rounded out the category in 3rd Place with Jarret Johnson’s 411.7-pounder. Breathe Easy, with owner Matt McDonald and captain Patrick Ivie at the helm of the Viking 72, scored four blues to earn Top Release team and Top Crew. Wynsong, a 66 Viking owned by Will Wilson and captained by Allen Staples, was the 3rd Release Team with three fish. In the Tuna Division, Quick Time came out on top based on owner/angler Robert Burroughs 231.3-pound yellowfin, a new Emerald Coast record. The 3rd Place Tuna was caught on Done Pickin’, a Viking 56. Payton Wainwright cranked in the 153.3-pound yellowfin for the honors. “It was a great week with some quality fish brought to the scales, including a new Emerald Coast record tuna,” says Tournament Director Jason Draughn. “The weather cooperated and I’d like to thank all 88 teams for fishing with us.”

Viking Bermuda Billfish Blast

Osceola, a Viking 74 led by owner Alexander Fanjul with captain Robert Hollingsworth, came from behind to win the Bermuda Billfish Blast, the first leg of the Bermuda Triple Crown. Oliver Fanjul released one blue marlin on the first and second days of fishing, but Osceola trailed heading into the final day. On Day 3 Osceola released their third blue marlin at 8:59am, closing the gap. At 11:30am Osceola called in a doubleheader with anglers Nick Cabral and Oliver doing battle. That pair of releases pushed team Osceola to win the event.  Just a Dog, a Viking 62 led by owner and captain Mike Farrens, enjoyed an epic first day of fishing releasing four blues and a white to place 2nd in the tournament. Chase Farrens was on the rod for all four to earn Top Angler.

Viking at Bermuda Billfish Classic

The big girls came out to play at the Bermuda Big Game Classic. The Anderson family’s Viking 80 Krazy Salt’s, with captain Keith Greenberg at the wheel, released four blue marlin for the Top Boat honors. Joe Rahman’s Viking 80 Auspicious was the 2nd Place Team with three blue marlin, two whites and the 1st Place Tuna weighing in at 107.6 pounds. This is the second leg of the Bermuda Triple Crown, with Auspicious currently in 2nd Place, Krazy Salt’s in 3rd and the Viking 74 Osceola in 4th.

Viking at Offshore Showdown

Congratulations to John Dougherty and the team on his Viking 52 Outrage, above. The crew claimed 1st Place Marlin Points and 2nd Place Overall at the Offshore Showdown based out of Cape May, New Jersey. Right behind them was the Viking 61 Wish You Were Here with 2nd Place White Marlin Points and 3rd Place Overall Points. Third Place White Marlin Points went to the Viking 64 Judge. Marlin Hunter, a Viking 52, took 2nd Place Tuna Points.

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