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Final Sail Rules

General Rules

  1. Registration: Please visit www.finalsail.com to complete the registration process online.  Early entry fee is $3,975 per team (tax included). Early entry fee valid through 4/4/17.  Entry fee after 4/4/17 is $4,770 per team (tax included).  Registrations at the kickoff must be paid by cash, Mastercard, Visa or AmEx. Entry fees are not refundable for any reason.  For questions regarding registration call (954) 725-4010.
  2. Online Entry Forms: Online entry forms must be filled out by all participants with appropriate fees and registration information.  Officials in Final Sail reserve the right to refuse application or entry into the tournament at their discretion with or without cause.
  3. Date & Location: Tournament competition will be held on April 26th, 27th & April 29th with a kickoff party on April 25th from 6pm-9pm at Margaritaville Resort & Marina. There will be a lay day on April 28th. The awards ceremony and brunch will be held on April 30th at 10:00 am.
  4. Eligible Species: Sailfish, White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Dolphin, Wahoo, Kingfish, Cobia, Tuna.
  5. Maximum Anglers: All anglers should be listed on the entry form. There is no limit on anglers. Additional crewmembers or mates may accompany the team if desired.  Any teams with angler changes or substitutions should notify the committee prior to the start of fishing.
  6. Maximum Lines: All boats are permitted to fish up to seven lines in the water in the tournament. 
  7. Tackle: All fish must be caught on rod and reel.  Wire lines are permitted.  No electric reels (except kite rods and downriggers).  All teams must use a non-offset circle hook in the tournament.  The length of the leader may not exceed 15 feet.  The combined length of the double line and the leader may not exceed 20 feet in length. Up to two artificial or natural dredges are permitted in the tournament.
  8. Bait & Bait Fishing: Fishing with live bait is permitted in the tournament; however, live chumming is not permitted.  Frozen chum is acceptable.  Bait fishing is permitted during the day however, teams can not be sailfishing at the same time they are bait fishing.
  9. Hook & Catch: All anglers must hook, fight, and catch their own fish.  Once a fish is hooked, that angler must fight the fish until it is properly released, boated, or lost.  Anglers may not pass rods to fellow anglers once a fish has been hooked.  A fish is considered to be hooked once a strike occurs and the drag is engaged or the bail is closed.  The use of a rod holder to hook a fish is allowable provided the individual that engages the drag is the same person that fights the fish until release, catch, or loss.
  10. Tournament Channel: The tournament committee will operate on channel 68.  Channel 74 will be used as an alternate.  The tournament channel is reserved for specific announcements and the report of angler releases.  All discussions among competitors should be conducted on alternate channels. 
  11. Boundaries:  East: 81.18 West: 82.18 South: 24.03
  12. Prize Structure:  The general prize structure is based upon a participating field of 50 boats.
  13. Check-Out: Final Sail will not have a land based checkout location.  Prior to the start of fishing each day, all teams must video the time and their GPS coordinates to confirm that they are within the stated boundaries for the tournament.  Video must show time, date and GPS location.  Boats may not deploy any lines in the water until they are within the stated boundaries. 
  14. Lines-In/Lines-Out:  8am & 4pm on April 26th and 27th and 8am & 2pm on April 29th. No boats may be trailered to or from their fishing locations during the tournament.
  15. Check-In: Media and release cards must be turned in at Conch Harbor Marina by 6pm on April 26th and 27th, and by 4pm April 29th. 
  16. Weather:  In the event that weather conditions arise deemed unsafe for the average registered boat, by the tournament officials, the tournament schedule may be altered to accommodate the best weather & fishing conditions available to participating teams.  Any schedule adjustment due to inclement weather will be made at the sole discretion of the tournament committee.  Best effort will be made to achieve a two-day fishing format on the scheduled weekend of the tournament.  In the circumstance, as determined by the committee, where 3 days of fishing may be unachievable, the tournament may be reduced to a one-day format.  Any notice of cancellation will be broadcast on channel 74 and the website. No refunds will be made in the event of cancellation. Captains, anglers, and all other members of registered boats must determine in their own judgment whether to fish under the given conditions based on factors including but not limited to the seaworthiness of their boat and their own seamanship.
  17. Competition Day:  The scheduled hours of fishing are from 8am to 4pm on day 1 and day 2 and from 8am to 2pm on day 3 of the tournament. Best effort will be made to ensure the full fishing schedule is met for each day of competition.  At least 4 hours of tournament fishing must occur on any given day in order for the points from that day to be factored into the overall score & standings for each team.  Should inclement weather or any other force majeure condition occur that limits the tournament to only 1 day of fishing, the daily calcutta money allocated for the cancelled day will be returned to the teams that are registered for the affected calcutta.  All other general prize and calcutta money will be paid according to standard procedure based on the standings from the single day of fishing.
  18. Protests:  All protests must be submitted in writing along with $500 cash or check to the tournament officials within four hours of the conclusion of the day of fishing.  Protests should be made based on first hand eyewitness information.  All decisions of the tournament officials regarding protests are final.
  19. Polygraph: By entering the tournament all captains, anglers, and occupants of their boats voluntarily consent to submit to a polygraph examination as deemed necessary by tournament officials.  All decisions of the polygraph examiner will be final.  Any captain, angler, or occupant of a registered boat who refuses to take a polygraph or provides untruthful answers as determined by the examiner will be disqualified from the tournament without further notice.  Such a disqualification will eliminate payment or provision of any prize money, awards, and/or refund of entrance fees.
  20. Tournament Discretion: The tournament director reserves the right to implement his or her discretion at any time during the tournament as it may apply to the rules or any other circumstance that should arise during the course of the event.
  21. Release:  All registered captains, anglers, and occupants of their boats consent that tournament officials may use without payment or restriction, any photographs or video in which he or she appears for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to resale, advertising, and promotional material. 
  22. Hold Harmless: It is expressly understood that all registered participants and non-registered occupants of their boats enter into Final Sail voluntarily and at their own risk.  Further, each registered and non-registered participant on behalf of other family members and/or executors agrees to release and hold harmless Bluewater Movements Inc, tournament officials, sponsors, and all other persons connected directly or indirectly with operation of said tournament from any liability for libel, slander, loss, damage, negligence, harm, injury, or death suffered by any participant, entrant, sportfishermen, their companions, boat captains, mates, crew members, vessels or their equipment during the tournament.
  23. Signature: By registering for a tournament, the captain/owner agrees that all anglers and occupants of their boat will abide by all tournament rules.

Competition Rules

  1. Scoring: Billfish Points- Registered anglers will receive 1 point for each eligible billfish released in the tournament.  All team and individual prize categories will be awarded based on the individual or team’s overall point standings.  In the event of a tie, winners will be determined by the team or individual that releases their last fish first. 

    Dolphin, Wahoo, Kingfish, Cobia & Tuna Points- These species must weigh a minimum of 10 pounds to be eligible in the tournament.  Each boat may weigh in a maximum of 1 fish per species.  Each fish meeting weight requirements will be given a score of one point per pound.  These points will not be included with points awarded for billfish releases when determining the top team standings.  See optional entry prize structure for details on the funfish category.  Mutilated fish will be disqualified.  All decisions of the weighmaster are final.
  2. Billfish Release Criteria:  All billfish must be properly released in order for 1 point to be scored to the registered angler and his or her team.  The requirements for a release are as follows: (1) The double line and leader must leave the tip of the rod once a strike occurs. (2) At the conclusion of the fight the fish must be brought close enough to the boat for a mate or crewmember to touch the leader, not the double line.  (3) In a continuous sequence, video footage must clearly identify the fish as well as the leader touch by a crew member. (4) Evidence on video of the leader being cut at the time of release. (5) The proper color card and confirmation # must be displayed on video to mark the completion of a catch.
  3. Video Requirement: Every billfish released in the tournament must be verified by video footage clearly identifying the release.  Each team is responsible for providing their own video camera and the appropriate media to record video footage that documents the releases on their boat.  Video media will not be provided to teams by the tournament committee.  Acceptable video formats are SD cards only.  If you fill your first video and need to switch to a 2nd video during fishing please contact the radio room for an establishing shot to begin your video.
  4. Continuous Video Sequence:  To ensure the authenticity of the releases, each team will be required to maintain a continuous video sequence from the time video evidence of the fish is established up to the time the leader touch is verified on video.  If a break in the footage should occur, the team must reestablish video evidence of the fish again with a continuous video sequence up to the leader touch and leader cut.  In the case of a multiple, if necessary, one color card can be used for the break image, provided the video evidence can clearly distinguish multiple sailfish and anglers fighting those fish and the necessary criteria referenced above for qualification of the release on video. 
  5. Break Image: Once a release has occurred, the captain must contact the radio room for a confirmation # and instructions on which color card to shoot for the break image.  If a team is hooked up to multiple fish, a crewmember should state that on camera with video evidence to support it.  In the case of a multiple, if necessary, one color card can be used for the break image, provided the video evidence can clearly distinguish multiple sailfish and anglers fighing those fish and the necessary criteria referenced above for qualification of the release on video. 
  6. Release & Catch Verification:  All billfish releases must be reported to the tournament committee immediately following the release.  Individuals calling in a release must include the boat number and angler name in their report.  A release will be official once the radio controller responds to the respective angler with a confirmation number.  That confirmation number should be recorded on the registered angler’s release card.  Any boat unable to contact the committee should contact another boat for a relay.  A tournament cell phone # will also be provided to teams at the Captain’s meeting.  Boats that intend to fish in areas with poor cell phone coverage are still responsible for maintaining communication with the tournament committee on all releases.
  7. Winnings:  All winners are required to provide their social security number prior to receiving any awards.  Awards and prize money will be withheld as required by law if a social security number is not presented in advance of the awards presentations. 
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