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Frank Rodriguez, and his outstanding crew on his Viking 70 Enclosed Bridge Fa La Me, made history this month when he won the Bermuda Triple Crown for the second time! Fa La Me is the first boat to ever win this prestigious accomplishment twice. Comprised of a series of three major Bermuda-based billfish tournaments, the points earned at each event follow the boat, crew and anglers.  Fishing for blue marlin, as that is where the big points are, was a ponderous task for the team. 


The Bermuda Big Game Classic, the first in the series, was a slow start with a lone white marlin release. Things picked up during the second event, the Bermuda Billfish Blast with four white marlin.  After 14 days, the frustrated crew was still looking for the elusive blue marlin bite.  Then it happened! 


On the first day of the Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament, Frank hooked up with a blue and 18 minutes later the team was back in the saddle. Four blue marlin and a wahoo followed to win not just the Sea Horse event but take the title of the Bermuda Triple Crown Championship. Frank also took Top Angler in the Sea Horse Leg. Congratulations Frank, captain Rob Moore, mates Taylor and Tyler Beckford and anglers Dave Berard and Jeffrey De Silva. We're looking forward to a triple Triple next year!


Congratulations are also in order to Lainey Jones fishing on her Viking 66 Mama Who. Lainey was Second Place Lady Angler in the Billfish Blast leg of the series.



Bragging Rights 


Viking Ocean

A fleet of 40 boats, half Viking half Ocean yachts, converged on the Canyon Club Marina for the annual Viking Ocean Showdown.  Amidst dinner, dancing and a lively pool party complete with grilled steaks and tropical drinks the anglers did find some time to fish on Thursday and Saturday. 


When lines were called at the end of the final day, Viking Yachts had the edge over Ocean Yachts winning the coveted Grand Champion trophy. Captain Ryan Higgins claimed Most Points Tuna on the Viking 70 while Team Viking member Beth Cesarini nabbed the Heaviest Tuna with a 68 pounder while fishing on Gypsea.  Kaela Colyar, aboard the Viking 60 Gigabyte II,  was the Top Junior Angler. The release only billfish tournament pits these two New Jersey boat manufacturers against each other in a friendly rivalry for bragging rights. Tournament Director Bob Glover said, "It's a fun get together between these two boat builders. Everybody is friends, so it's a one of a kind, unique situation."


Ciao Viking!


Ciao Viking

Viking yacht dealers are frequent visitors to our facility on the Bass River and all enjoy the opportunity to tour our 810,000 square-foot manufacturing plant, as well as to board new boats that are in the water on the make-ready dock. This week, co-principal Francesco Pirro from SNO Yachts, our representatives of Italy and southern Europe, joined us with sales staff and clientele for two days to catch up on the new models for 2015 including the Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible, the Viking 75 Motor Yacht and the Viking 52 Open/Sport Tower


Pausing in the cockpit aboard a Viking 66 Enclosed Bridge Convertible are (left to right): Viking's Steve Boerema, Francesco Pirro, Viking's Anthony Scola, and Giorgio Sinistrario. Based in Olbia, the yachting center of the island Sardinia in Italy, SNO Yachts also has state-of-the-art facilities in the exclusive Sardinian ports of Porto Cervo, Porto Rotondo, Puntaldia and Portisco. Additional SNO Yachts locations are situated along the peninsula in Rome, La Spezia, Lavagna and Lignano Sabbiadoro, as well as Monte Carlo in Monaco. SNO Yachts prides itself on its experienced staff for both sales and complete yacht services for vessels 12 to 70 meters in length ranging from routine maintenance to major renovations. 


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