Tight Lines reeled in good vibes
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:For the first time in modern history, the world-famous Doctor's Cave Beach closed its gates to the public, opening its horizon to the start of what could very well become the annual Tight Lines Beach Party and Boat Raft-Up.
On the morning of Saturday, September 20, anglers from across the island docked at the renowned beach for the final of four days of activities culminating the Montego Bay Yacht Club annual Marlin Tournament.
These catchers of large deep-sea fishes had the offerings of dockside service of both food and drink every night during their stay in the western city. However, nothing could possibly top the excitement that reverberated on the white sand, the sexy boats docked seaside, the seafaring domino players, the liquor that poured like water, and the dancing that took over the popular attraction.
Tight Lines started at 11 a.m., and was advertised to end at 6 p.m. But at 7 p.m, the hundreds in attendance were just ready to party to the magnificent three - Kingston's Kamal Bankay and Kurt Riley and Montego Bay's Crazy Neil.
"The party was far more successful than we had anticipated, given that it is a new event that no one had yet experienced, nor perhaps understood. The event hit a sweet spot with patrons and the more than 400 persons in attendance partied on both land and sea," was how organiser and power-boating committee chairman Bobby Stewart described it.
A percentage of the proceeds from the event will be directed to 'We Care for Cornwall' and remediation work at the fishermen's beach.
The main sponsors of the event were Digicel, Appleton and Doctor's Cave Bathing Club, along with Viking Yachts, Fraser Fontaine & Kong, NCB Capital Markets, the Jamaica Public Service, Absolut Vodka, Guardian General and KingAlarm.