59th International Billfish Tournament

San Juan 59th IBT boat parade and cocktail party

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The 59th International Billfish Tournament starts tomorrow in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The fishing teams will head out from the historic "El Morro Castle," at the entrance to the San Juan Bay. Here are some pictures from the opening tournament boat parade and cocktail party. Picara won 1st place.Mark Smestad
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The Bon Vivant did a circus theme for the parade.Mark Smestad
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Directly from Las Vegas: Cher! The legendary singer visited San Juan to sing to the Commodore, Chairman, Coast Guard and Carlos Hermida…on Bruja!Mark Smestad
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Nope…they are not going to fall into the water…they are thrilled to won the Olympics!Mark Smestad
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Spectators didn’t miss a thing!Mark Smestad
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Vive la France! Our Renoir places a last touch on his painting on Gaviota! And a Pattisesie on the cockpit!Mark Smestad
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Oh my Goodness! It flew away!Mark Smestad
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Bill'Der "Under the Sea"Mark Smestad
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Hilda's mysterious ChinaMark Smestad
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Legendary and truly Chinese with a secret for usMark Smestad
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Maria McKee, Mike Bocinsky, Mrs and Mr. Robert BocinskyMark Smestad
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From Scotland! Malcom & Trevor! - 2nd time at the tournamentMark Smestad
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Bruce McKee has great companyMark Smestad
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Good friends!Mark Smestad
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A happy family! Our Chairman, Miguel Donato & Mei-Ling Vicente with their beautiful daughters!Mark Smestad
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Pirates!Mark Smestad
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VIP: IGFA’s, Tournament’s, National Geographic production…through the grape vine. We want to express our deepest gratitude to Jean Paul Polo who allowed National Geographic Society and its Remote Imaging division to focus on our Tournament.Mark Smestad
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Pirates got the gold all for themselvesMark Smestad