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 $2,000,000 dollars in 2014. $1.4 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 Largo, FL. Leg 1, Operation Sailfish, will be held on December 11-15 at the historic Sailfish Marina on Singer Island. Leg 2, The Sailfish Challenge, boasts its status as the largest Sailfish tournament in the country. Held on February 6-9, 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 third leg of the series, Jimmy Johnson’s National Billfish Championship, takes place at the Big Chill in Key Largo, FL. Flip Flops are not required, but definitely encouraged at this final stop for the series. The teams will join Jimmy Johnson and other A-list celebrities to see who will claim Jimmy’s National Billfish Championship rings. The final leg and grand finale in the series, Final Sail, is held on April 9-12 at the Double Tree Grand in Miami. Epic sailfishing in April and a premier venue make this the perfect location for the 'Grand' finale of the series.
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 11th!