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World Title Up for Grabs in Key West, FL

March 21, 2018

The crown jewel of world-class fishing and full throttle partying resides at the southernmost point in the continental US – aka Key West, FL. Final Sail, the grand finale of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series, kicks off April 17th in sunny Key West, FL. Top fishing teams from around the country will arrive at Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina with hopes of claiming the #1 sailfishing title in the world and  the acclaimed burgundy jacket.

While the burgundy jacket is the pinnacle achievement in the Quest for the Crest Series, Final Sail has plenty to offer teams whether they have competed in the series or not.  A projected purse in excess of $900,000 will include a wide variety of payouts including prize money for the top 8 teams, huge daily payouts over 3 days of competition, a winner-take-all $260,000 jackpot, fun fish categories and a grand prize drawing for a brand new truck! 

With a total series purse expected to exceed $2.5 million, the winner-take-all Release Round Up has rolled over again with an anticipated payout of $260,000 at Final Sail. This jackpot is the largest single category payout offered in the history of any sailfish tournament around the world! The Round Up has four rounds of fishing that spread evenly over the first two days of competition. A random number between one and six is drawn at the start of each round and represents the minimum number of sailfish a team must release during that round in order to advance to the next. Whichever team makes it through all four rounds wins the record jackpot!  

After three legs of hard fought competition, Free Bird is in the lead for the series title and the burgundy jacket with a total of 85 points. Claiming burgundy requires dominant performances and most importantly – consistency. Free Bird has done exactly that with a 4th, 1st and 4th place finish in the first three tournaments of the series.  Sandman, defending champion from 2017, is nipping at Free Bird’s heels with 82 points in second place. Weez in the Keys is in third place 76 points, followed by Utopia with 54 points, and Reel Captivating with 53 points. It’s anyone’s title to take heading into the championship leg of the series!

Major payouts aren’t the only attraction for teams at Final Sail in Key West. The tournament festivities begin with a Margaritaville Resort kick off party featuring local live music, world-class bites and fully stocked hospitality bars from great sponsors like Landshark Lager, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Oak & Cane Rum. With Duval Street only a quick “crawl” from Margaritaville, teams will party down for a pub-crawl of epic proportions following Day 2 of fishing! The Costa Crawl on Duval begins with a celebratory toast at the Margaritaville sunset deck followed by stops at Captain Tony’s Saloon, Irish Kevin’s and Rick’s!  The world famous Angelina’s Pizzaria will roll in some pub-crawl comfort food during the final stop as well. As an added bonus, anglers participating in the crawl also receive a festive pair of sunglasses from tournament sponsor, Costa del Mar.

A Friday lay-day is strategically positioned on the backside of the pub-crawl to give teams the freedom to party hard on Thursday night and rest up for the final day of tournament battle on Saturday.  Friday afternoon from 5p-7p, a dockside happy hour is scheduled at Turtle Kraals, home of the famous Key West turtle races!  Teams will enjoy some light bites and cocktails with the opportunity to see if their turtle has the horsepower to cross the finish line first and bring home the W!    

Following the final day of fishing, Final Sail will conclude back at host venue Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina with a 8pm awards dinner on Saturday, April 21st, where a cash purse near $900,000 will be awarded and a new team will be crowned #1 in the world. Don’t miss the “Final Sail” drawing with a grand prize featuring a 3-year lease on a 1500 crew cab RAM truck courtesy of Joey Accardi Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Pompano Beach.  Every team that releases a sailfish in the tournament is entered to win! Following the awards ceremony, a victory party will be held at Irish Kevin’s on Duval Street at approximately 11pm.

The last day to register is during the kickoff party on Tuesday, April 17th from 6pm - 9pm. Early entry, valid through March 27th, is $3,750 plus tax. Late registration fee is $4,500 plus tax. Competition days are April 18th, 19th and 21st, with a lay-day on April 20th. For more information on Final Sail visit www.finalsail.com or call (954) 725-4010.



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