Club Nautico de San Juan, Puerto Rico
The Club Nautico de San Juan, known locally
as ‘The Nautico’, was founded in 1934 by a group of local Puerto Rico residents
with the aim of promoting sailing and sports fishing. Located near Condado in
San Juan, and the end of the San Antonio Channel, the club boasts 400 members,
while the marina provides 117 slips and docks for visiting mega yachts. On site
is a chandlery and Texaco StarPort refuelling station.
The CNSJ is known worldwide as the host of the San Juan International
Billfish Tournament. This year, from September 10 to 17, the Tournament will
celebrate its 52nd edition, making it the oldest consecutively held
Billfish Tournament in the world.
You can see why. Over 100 participants come to San Juan from all over
the world to enjoy the club’s hospitality and proximity to ‘Blue Marlin Alley’-
a trench about a mile and a half off the north coast of San Juan where blue
marlin roam at depths of just 100 fathoms. The tournament record is 895lbs, by
Luis Viyella in 1997, but in August 2000 a US fisherman hooked a 1,086lb marlin
off San Juan.
The CNSJ was the first club worldwide to introduce tag and release
fishing for Blue Marlin, before it became compulsory in 1988.
Away from the fishing, the Club has a busy sailing programme,
particularly centered around dinghy sailing, with a fleet of Optimist, Laser
and J Boats. The 4th International Regatta was held in February 2005
with racing in Optimist, Laser and 420 Classes. Other events to look forward to
this year are the Optimist and Laser Regatta on October 8th and the
CNSJ Cup Regatta on December 3rd.
For this month, though, all eyes will be on the marlin as the summer
fishing season gives the chance for The Nautico to shine on the international
For more information, visit www.sanjuaninternational.com