Bertram took home both the manufacturers trophy for the most overall wins and the trophy for the overall winning boat, Great White Too, a Bertram 630 owned by Guillermo Belloso. The Great White Too took first place with a blue marlin, white marlin and a spearfish, the Certifiable, a Bertram 700, owned by Syd Sussman in third place with two white marlins. Both of these team also took first and third place respectively in the winner take all division. Over Budget, a Bertram 630, owned by Ricky Sousa also placed with one white marlin. The Bertram team also took the overall wins in the new fun fish division which was accomplished by Sharkbait, a Bertram 510, with a yellow fin tuna at 111 pounds and Certifiable with both a yellow fin tuna at 66 pounds and a wahoo at 48 pounds.
This year’s tournament attracted 12 Bertram yachts and 14 Hatteras yachts at Abaco Beach Resort in the Bahamas. For the past few years, the tournament has strictly been a catch and release tournament for billfish but this year the committee added the fun fish division to give anglers an opportunity to show off their daily catches of tuna, wahoo, and dolphin. The new management of the tournament by Bertram, Allied Marine, Hatteras and their dealer was also well received by all participants with a week full of competitive camaraderie, a historic photo presentation of the past thirty years of the Shootout, and a disco theme party.
The new Bertram 800 was also presented for the first time to the Bertram and Hatteras audience on the first night of the Shootout during the welcome cocktail registration on the center dock in front of the main tent. All the Bertram owners and their guests were invited aboard the 800 on the lay day to experience the new yacht in the crystal clear waters of the Bahamas. The Bertram 800 headed to the new Baker’s Bay resort to meet up with the Hatteras owners for a Bahamian style barbeque and a golf challenge for some more competitive fun. Overall, the event brought together both sides for competitive fun and the result was a success for both teams.