Its history is a permanent imprint of the presence of the great American writer and Nobel Prize for Literature Ernest Hemingway in Havana, who, with his passion and enthusiasm for sport fishing, unconditionally supported the event during its early years.

Over the last decade, the competition has attracted crews from many countries, including the US, Russia, Cuba, the UK, Italy, France and Spain, among others. Back in May 1950, thirty-six of the best sports yachts from Havana’s yacht clubs sailed past the narrow inlet at the Morro Castle located at the entrance of Havana Bay and out into the Gulf Stream.

One of the boats was the "Pilar" owned by Ernest Hemingway, who competed in the first bill fishing tournament representing the International Nautical Club of Havana.