[dropcap]S[/dropcap]tuart Sailfish Club’s 30th annual Saltwater Sisters Lady Angler Tournament is slated for October 16 and 17, 2015 at Pirate’s Cove Resort and Marina in Port Salerno, Florida. This year’s festivities will embrace a “Movie” theme and proceeds will benefit Friends in Pink, Windsor Community Angels, and the Sailfish Club Scholarship program.
Heading up to the tournament, several pre-tournament parties will spark the excitement. Teams will be asked to dress up as characters from any big screen movie and guests not participating in the tournament are invited to dress up as well.
Margaret Dyer, chairperson of the event, is especially excited about this year’s tournament, “I want everyone to have a lot of fun this year,” she said. “In fact, at the end of the tournament, I want people to say ‘What a great party and fishing tournament!’” Dyer added, “We had a great tournament last year and raised a lot of money, but our goals are bigger this year. So we’re pulling out all the stops and making sure this will be one of the best tournaments in the area. We invite anyone to come out for the parties, even if they’re not planning on fishing.”
On Saturday, September 12, Tie-One-On at the Tiki Bar at Pirate’s Cove Resort and Marna will kick-start tournament events. Those who donate a bikini top will receive a free gift, tournament pre-registration will take place, and an honor/memory board will be onsite and available to honor those who have survived or lost the battle with breast cancer.
The Captain’s Party takes place on Friday, October 16 at Pirates Cove Resort and Marina. Late registration and check in will begin at 4:30 p.m. with cocktails and a buffet at 6:00 p.m. The mandatory Captains Meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the evening will cap off with entertainment at 8:00 p.m.
The tournament itself will take place on Saturday, October 17, beginning with water gun fights and a boat parade/decorating contest from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. Boat captains are asked to decorate their boats in a movie theme. Fishing begins with “lines-in” at 8:30 a.m., with all boats leaving from various locations throughout the Treasure Coast, and ends with “lines-out” at 3:30 p.m.
Eligible fish include sailfish (release only), dolphin, kingfish and wahoo. The weigh-in will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Pirates Cove Resort and Marina. Categories for awards include an Adult Division, a Junior Division for those ages 15 and under, a Mother-Daughter Team, a Top Boat Award, Polly Whippen Award (for SSC members only) and Award for Best Overall Boat/Costume Decor. In addition to the tournament, there will be a 50/50 raffle, live auction and a Chinese Auction.
The event will conclude with an awards ceremony beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Pirate’s Cove Resort. The evening’s entertainment will include live music and dancing.
Sponsors include Harbor Community Bank, HMY Yachts, Stuart Magazine, Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm, Your Voice Weekly, Coastal Angler Magazine and Weekly Tidbits.
For more information about Saltwater Sisters Fishing Tournament, go to www.SaltwaterSisters.com or “Like” them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SWSfish to keep up with the latest tournament news. Sponsors are needed for the success of the event and some levels include year round advertising exposure. To become a sponsor or to donate to the auction, call 772-286-9373 or email Sailfish@StuartSailfishClub.com.
Friends in Pink is a local organization that provides financial assistance for those on the Treasure Coast battling breast cancer. Windsor Community Angel pays for free mammograms for Treasure Coast residents.
The Stuart Sailfish Club was formed more than 70 years ago and incorporated in 1941. It is one of the oldest sport fishing clubs in the United States, formed for the purpose of promoting the conservation of game fish and encouraging visitors to fish in Martin County waters. For more information, call 772-286-9373 or email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org.