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Patriotic Sailfish Tournament set for Dec 12-16 in West Palm Beach!

November 26, 2012


November 14, 2012


Patriotic Sailfish Tournament set for Dec 12-16 in West Palm Beach!


On December 12, 2012 a cavalry of elite Sailfish teams will invade Singer Island to compete in the highly anticipated fishing tournament, Operation Sailfish. Some of the best billfishing teams in the world will compete for an estimated $500,000 purse.  Operation Sailfish is the first leg in the highly touted Quest for the Crest series, which stretches from West Palm Beach to Key Largo, FL.  The estimated purse for the series is in excess of $1 million dollars.  

Basecamp for Operation Sailfish is the historic Sailfish Marina. This renowned marina is the closest marina to the Palm Beach inlet, complete with a dockside restaurant and rooms on property.

The military undertones that accompany the tournament name are not by chance.  Operation Sailfish honors the men and women who don the uniform and make the ultimate pledge to protect our freedom each and every day.  A portion of the proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Operation Homefront, a military based charity. This four star rated charity provides emergency financial assistance, food, household goods and other services to military families and wounded warriors. 

In keeping with the military theme, the top team in Operation Sailfish will receive a set of 6 custom jewelry style dog tags to commemorate their victory.  The tags are designed and presented by Altier Jewelers, the official jeweler of the Quest for the Crest Series.  Captains looking for incentive to fish the entire series will be excited to know that Altier Jewelers has also offered up an Audemars Piaget Royal Oak Offshore watch to the top overall captain in the series!  The time piece is valued at $25,000.  

The stakes will be high in this first leg of the series as teams hope to get off to a hot start in pursuit of what will be recognized as the most iconic achievement in competitive sailfishing – the Quest for the Crest Jacket.  A ‘Nascar’ style point race will assign scores based on where the teams finish in each leg of the series.  The team that accumulates the highest score will claim the jacket and undoubtedly be recognized as the most dominant team in competitive sailfishing!

Need another reason to join this battle on the high seas?  How about a chance to claim fame for your boat builder?  The tournament also offers a ‘Boat Builders Throwdown’ category where teams representing a variety of manufacturers will have the chance to compete for a perpetual trophy. The trophy will remain on display at the production facility of the winning manufacturer until the following year of competition!

 The captains meeting for Operation Sailfish is scheduled for 6pm on December 12th followed by the presentation of colors at 7pm and singing of the national anthem to open the event.  Credentials are required for access to all event activities.  Early entry for the tournament is $3,900 per team (plus tax) valid through November 30th.  After November 30th, registration is $4,400 per team (plus tax).  For more information on Operation Sailfish visit or call (954) 725-4010.


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