I was on the docks yesterday in Guana Cay awaiting the return of the boats from the Bahamas Billfish Championship, and I saw a Palm Beach 55. There aren’t very many of them around, and frankly, I just really like that boat. I tested the 55 in Australia a few years back when she launched and was immediately infatuated. So I walked up to the boat and saw a man inside. I knocked on the window and asked if I could come aboard. The owner, Joe Dockery, kindly invited me aboard.
The company, which has successfully taken its prototype to 3,500 feet and—safely—returned the craft and its test pilot back down to earth.
All 21 boats have shipped out on a beautiful day down here in Guana Cay. None are back to the docks yet, perhaps not surprisingly. As for those rule changes I alluded to in an earlier blog, I got word from tournament organizer and Active Interest’s VP of marketing, Jen Jones. Jones told me that among others, rule changes include: a lower minimum on the dock, dredging is allowed, and one pro angler is now allowed on the boat. There have also been women’s and junior angler divisions added.
I’m down in Guana Cay in the Abacos for the first leg of the 2015 Bahamas Billfish Championship, which was recently acquired by Power & Motoryacht’s parent company, the Active Interest Media Marine Group. I have no idea what to expect. The participation numbers are up, and there apparently have been some rule changes, but nobody’s been able to tell me exactly what they are yet.
I’m down in Guana Cay in the Abacos for the first leg of the 2015 Bahamas Billfish Championship, which was recently acquired by Power & Motoryacht’s parent company, the Active Interest Media Marine Group. I have no idea what to expect. The participation numbers are up, and there apparently have been some rule changes, but nobody’s been able to tell me exactly what they are yet. All I really know is there a bunch of big, beautiful fishing boats in the marina, and a lot of very serious-looking anglers packed into what feels like every crack and crevice of this little outpost of an island.
No, this is not a story about some action hero on a covert mission in foreign waters involving spies, special forces, and stealthy vessels. However, if you peruse Webster’s definition of “covert,” well, that part may ring true for this tale. This is a brief story about Hanes, yep, those tighty-whities. Sorry! I realize readers by now are going, “Really, again, Capt. Creel?”
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The incident was as predictable as a sunrise. I idled through the shallow Cayo Costa anchorage—a sliver of paradise off Florida’s west coast—looking for a spot to set the hook for the night. Slowly the “crows” rustled from their sailboat cockpits, stirred by the noise of the intruder. They appeared pissed off.