September 17, 2020


No less than 14 vessels with about 50 crew members, all joined by their passion for the sea and sport, as well as by the desire to support scientific research. These are the numbers and the premise of The O' – Porto Rotondo Offshore Classic Edition “Powered by FPT”, a prestigious, deep sea “catch & release” competition for the Mediterranean spearfish promoted by FPT Industrial, which was held from the 20th to the 22nd of August in the off-shore waters of Porto Rotondo, Sardinia.

This goal of this project, born out of the collaboration between Sea Life Care International, the IGFA (International Game Fishing Association) and Stanford University, is to learn the genetic characteristics and the migratory and behavioral patterns of this majestic predator. In fact, the trawl fishing technique for the Mediterranean spearfish, a pelagic fish related to the marlin that can reach up to six and a half feet in length and 66 pounds in weight, requires long hours of navigation, interrupted without notice by the bite and the ensuing battle. This means that the engine has to take the vessel to the battlefield quickly, ensuring a pace as consistent as possible at the various trawling speeds, to then stop abruptly and follow the recovery phase of the Mediterranean spearfish in order not to lose the fish and to be able to place the satellite tag connected to the Mediterranean Spearfish Project.

FPT Industrial, which has recently signed a partnership agreement with the Fishing Division of the Porto Rotondo Yacht Club, decided to offer their support as a technical partner to this extremely high level competition which, after a heated battle, resulted in victory for the Velociraptor crew of Tiara 42, with four Mediterranean spearfish.
The winners were awarded in the presence of Carlo Moroni, Head of Brand Communication for FPT Industrial and Massimo Brogna, IGFA trustee and Mediterranean Spearfish Project project, by Sandro Onofaro, European Recordman for fishing at sea from a boat and Director of the YCPR (Porto Rotondo Yacht Club) Fishing Division.

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