Montego Bay Yatch Club launches marlin tournament
FOR THE week of September 21 to 26, more than 40 team boats will compete in the 54th edition of Jamaica's oldest and most-anticipated fishing event - the annual Montego Bay International Marlin Tournament.
All the excitement slated for this year was unveiled at the launch at the Regency Bar at the Terra Nova All Suite hotel on Tuesday evening.
MoBay Marlin has moved to the forefront by leveraging the large variety of venues and attractions available in the Second City, fully utilising the first-class facilities of the Montego Bay Yacht Club (MBYC).
The yacht club's docks have been fully sold out for this year's event. Many interested teams were unable to be accommodated, causing MBYC to move forward with plans to extend the docks by 100 feet before next year's event, in order to accommodate the demand from international teams.
The tournament's organisers set out last year to make the event enjoyable by all, not just anglers, but also friends and family, as well as all interested, locally and abroad.
In addition, the organisers chose to create new charity conduits through which the success of the tournament could directly benefit those in need.
revised tournament format
To this end, the revised tournament format includes new fishing days, as well as the creation of a number of new events and activities, including the Tight Lines Marlin Fleet Raft-up and Beach Party, to be hosted at Doctor's Cave Beach, September 26, and the new Charity Comedy night, September 24. Guests will be entertained by a huge line-up of international and local performers - Majah Hype, Harris Stanton, Donald 'Iceman' Anderson, Dave Siegel and Leighton Smith.
Tournament director Robert 'Bobby' Stewart said, "For the 2015 MoBay Marlin to be fully subscribed three months before the event speaks volumes about how thrilled last year's competitors were with the new format, and with the fishing available just off our coastline. We are also tremendously excited that we have been able to find ways to allow the tournament to make a solid contribution to local charities. Looking forward, we are also very excited at the international interest we received this year, and in its potential impact on tourism in Jamaica and Montego Bay."
The event is being held in conjunction with title sponsors Digicel Business and Appleton Estate, as well as associate sponsors Viking Yachts, NCB Capital Markets, Sandals Resorts, FFK Insurance, ATL Automotiv and Secrets Resorts.