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The Classic kicked off at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess in Hamilton Bermuda with a record number of entries as well as a huge crowd in attendance. Captains and owners of 58 boats have registered this year to compete for more than $450,000 in cash and prizes. That's a dramatic increase of 12 boats from 2005 which is an incredible feat considering the 700 mile plus crossing that a majority of these boats endure.

"When the doors opened for registration we felt confident we would have a strong group of some of the best boats and anglers in the world this week," said Dan Jacobs, tournament director for the Classic. Based on the successful 2005 season and a record turn out of boats at the 2nd annual Bermuda Billfish Blast the week before, we were prepared for an explosion this year and it came."

The party included more than 300 guests as great prizes were given away by our many outstanding sponsors such as reels from Penn Reels, lures from Jaslures, clothing from Pelagic Gear, artwork by artist, Steve Goione, and sunglasses from Ocean Waves.

The week got started the day before with a terrific golf outing at the beautiful Tucker's Point Club. Many of the boat owners and sponsors played a round of golf on the nicest course on the islands and were treated to a delicious cocktail party upon completing their round.

All 58 boats set out for 'lines-in' at 8 AM this morning with clear skies and a light breeze. More to come!



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