Gareth Davis, Gleaner Writer
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen declared open the 50th staging of the Port Antonio Blue Marlin Tournament, during a brief ceremony at the old Marina yesterday.
Sir Patrick Allen commended the organisers, headed by tournament director and acting chairman, Max Rochester, and encouraged them to keep up the spirit of friendly rivalry in the angling competition.
"It's your 50th year, which is a historical landmark," commented the Governor General.He added: "This angling competition has grown internationally, and over the years it has not always been easy, but nevertheless, you have stuck to your plans of organising an event of international flair. For many years now you have managed to attract boats from overseas, and this sport has stood the test of time. Fifty years is a remarkable achievement, and you can only grow from strength to strength. I wish you all the best, and for you to have a wonderful four days of fishing."
Thirty boats will compete over what is expected to be four gruelling days of competition for the prestigious Appleton VX trophy and other sectional prizes.
Last year's winner, 'Diana', heads the list of competing boats.
The competition will take a break tomorrow to accommodate the 29th staging of the local canoe completion, which is a one-day event, and is being sponsored by Stones Ginger Wine.
The marlin competition resumes on Thursday and climaxes on Friday with its prize giving ceremony, which will be followed by a grand 50th anniversary celebration and farewell party.