Suzuki has once again provided the power for the Beneteau Barracuda Tour fishing competition’s UK rounds and international final, which took place recently in Poole on the UK’s picturesque south coat and at Port du Crouesty in the Quiberon Bay in North West France.
Organised by Beneteau, the Barracuda Tour has become the European standard in no-kill fishing competitions and now has an international following. Now in its seventh year, the annual event has grown to include 60 boats and 150 participants from 19 different countries.
The contenders compete against each other on an equal standing, on boats equipped with similar equipment, provided by the event’s commercial partners. The welcoming festival atmosphere of the event instils general enthusiasm and draws an increasing number of both participants and on shore visitors every year. Although Bass remains the king catch of the event, all the fish caught are now counted.
With a range of Suzuki ultimate outboards being used on competitor boats, from its new DF150A up to the mighty power of the V6 DF250AP, participants have confidence that their skippers are able to get them to the fishing areas quickly and efficiently. Suzuki’s troll mode system also enabled the boats to keep running at a set constant low speed and low revs to further enhance the fishing experience for the participants and minimise the impact on marine life and the water.
There were three teams competing from the UK and Ireland with Beneteau including Suzuki Dealers, Bates Wharf, Boat Exchange and BJ Marine, each involving existing and prospective customers in the event. In fact, the team from Bates Wharf travelled to France in a Suzuki Vitara sporting special Barracuda Tour graphics, to take part in the competition final.
Daisuke Kawatari, General Manager for Suzuki Motor Corpoation’s European Liaison Office, said, “We are proud to work in partnership with Beneteau. Not only to bring fantastic boat and engine packages to the market, but also on amazing events like the Barracuda Tour. The event was a huge success and we would like to thank all of the Dealers and their customers throughout Europe that supported it.”
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