True champions don’t make pit stops in victory lane – they live there. That is the driving concept behind the highly touted ‘Quest for the Crest’ Sailfish Series. This iconic series hosts some of the best billfishing teams on the face of the planet. Teams in this 4-leg series are expected to compete for a purse of more than $2,500,000 dollars in 2016. $2.2 Million was awarded last season. However, the most coveted award – The Crest - doesn't come in the form of a cash prize.
The Crest represents the pinnacle of tournament sailfishing. It is viewed as the highest accolade bestowed upon a team. Presented in jacket form, competitors must emerge as the most dominant among an elite field in order to don this coat of arms. Much like Nascar’s ‘Sprint Cup’, teams accumulate points based on where they finish in each leg of the series. Perform at a high level and do it often. That is what it takes to claim the Crest and the jacket.
There are 4 legs in the series spread out from West Palm Beach to Key West, FL. Leg 1, Operation Sailfish, will be held on December 9-13 at the historic Sailfish Marina on Singer Island. Leg 2, Sailfish 400, is the newest tournament in the Quest for the Crest series. This race car themed event will be at the Double Tree Grand in Miami from January 27-31. The third leg of the series, The Sailfish Challenge, boasts its status as the largest sailfish tournament in the country. Held on February 18-21, the Sailfish Challenge has a unique 3-inlet format, however the IGFA Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale is home base for the tournament. The final leg and grand finale in the series, Final Sail, is held in Key West on April 12-17.
Privilege is earned. That is the motto that resides on the scroll of the Crest. The team who is fortunate enough to don this coat of arms will most definitely earn it. Who will be the second team to join this exclusive club? The quest begins on December 9th!