Marina Pez Vela Hosts The Offshore World Championship

Before you even arrive at the newly constructed Marina Pez Vela, you can feel the energy and excitement floating on the balmy ocean breezes. Once you arrive, you have the opportunity to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience that could only be The Offshore World Championship. With some 67 international teams that had to win a qualifying tournament during the preceding year in order to even qualify, this is an event that simply cannot be missed.

Among the most fascinating and easily nerve-wracking aspects of the event is the boat draw, an event during which the boats are divided into various classes and each team draws one boat from each class. For teams who are accustomed to fishing on a specific boat with particular gear, this can be a big difference. In fact, it can be quite unsettling, but this is just one of the many aspects that serves to heighten the excitement of The Offshore World Championship.

The event, which concluded earlier this year, wrapped up with a grand total of more than 2,840 billfish releases, including some 2,800 sailfish, 14 blue marlin and even a couple of black and striped marlin.

Throughout the event, competition remained tough. In fact, when the tournament was down to its last ten minutes, there were only a few hundred points separating the top three teams. With just minutes left remaining, two of the top three teams hooked up and ended up tying with 13,400 points each. The team representing the Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament of Bermuda released their final fish just three minutes prior to the Torneio de Marlin de Rio Janeiro Brazil team in order to claim the tie breaker and ultimately win the championship. All in all, it was an amazing tournament.

Even if you missed this year’s tournament, plans are already underway for next year’s tournament, so get ready for an event that is expected to be bigger and better than ever.

James Drews

James Drews

Vice President, Sales. Age 43 Prior to co-founding VESTA GROUP, James moved to Costa Rica in 1996 and began his real estate career here by co-founding Dominical Realty. In 2001, the company obtained a Coldwell Banker independent franchise, and three years later partnered with another Coldwell Banker franchise in Costa Rica to become Vesta Group, the Master-Franchise-holder for the entire country. As a member of the Global Association of Realtors and the U.S.-based National Association of Realtors, the Master Franchise has already grown to ten (10) offices throughout the country, with several more currently in process. James is married to a Costa Rican, and proud father of 3 daughters ages 7,10, and 20. James, is well respected among the local and foreign community, and carries high ethical standards, and a hard working family man that seeks to provide his customers with the best level of service possible. James goes out of his way to seek out new frontiers that are ahead of the wave, and specializes in rural and remote farmland, developing land and collecting legacy type of properties. Surfing big waves, fishing, hiking, and travel are favorite pastimes. Daily goal is a new discovery. Approaching 20 years of living in Costa Rica, James knows his territory well, and has much love for his new country and it's people, and will guide you well, and share his resources and local knowle​d​ge with you to make your new venture successful.​ ​