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Event Outline

Event Outline

Timed to coincide with the peak of the Gulf Coast’s blue marlin season, and located at the South’s number-one ranked resort destination, the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin® sets the new precedent for world-class sportfishing tournaments.

This annual event offers something for everyone. Most importantly, for the angling teams, there’s the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, red-hot billfish action, and cool green cash.

While on-shore, both the teams and their families can enjoy the wide variety of recreational activities offered at the Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort and The Village of Baytowne Wharf. The spectacular night time weigh-ins are held at the Baytowne Marina at Sandestin® and are open to the public.

The competition takes place in one of the most productive fisheries in the United States. In the past several years two blue marlin “Granders” (blue marlin weighing over 1,000 lbs.) have been weighed in the Gulf, and state records for blue marlin and both bluefin and yellowfin tuna have been broken.

The ECBC is a “modified-release” tournament and led the Gulf Coast tournament circuit in setting high minimum lengths for blue marlin. Blue marlin are the only billfish that may be weighed. Release points are awarded for blue marlin also, in addition to white marlin, sailfish and spearfish.

The three heaviest weighed blue marlin, dolphin, tuna and wahoo are eligible for cash awards, as are the top three teams entered in the Release Division, and the top three Crews entered in the Crew Division. Awards are presented to the top overall, release, lady and junior anglers, and the top overall release team has its name engraved on the Magnificent Blue Perpetual Trophy.

Current & Future Dates

Current & Future Dates

The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic starts on a Wednesday, and ends the following Sunday.

2014 — June 18-22
2015 — June 17-21
2016 — June 22-26
2017 — June 21-25
2018 — June 20-24
2019 — June 19-23
2020 — June 17-21

Location & Directions

Location & Directions

The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic takes place every June at the Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort. All tournament activities take place at the resort.

Local Airport

The closest airport to Sandestin® is the Northwest Florida Regional Airport (Ft. Walton/Valparaiso VPS).

Airport to Sandestin®

It’s about 25 miles from the airport to Sandestin®. Expect to pay approximately $60 for a taxi from the airport to the resort. Rental cars are available at the airport.

Directions to Sandestin®

Sandestin® is eight miles east of Destin and 12 miles west of Seaside on Emerald Coast Parkway West (Highway 98 West). The Village of Baytowne Wharf and Baytowne Marina are through Sandestin®’s North (Bayside) Gate.

Parking

There is a park and ride lot as you enter the resort. Limited parking will be reserved at Baytowne Marina for sponsors, participants and staff.

Google Map to Sandestin®

Sandestin® Map

Map of Sandestin

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Schedule of Events

2014 Schedule of Events

Last updated November 5, 2013

Wednesday  June 18  Registration
All DayDock Walk at Baytowne Marina
11:00am-1:00pmDrinks on the Dock sponsored by SRE (read more)
4:00pm-9:00pmRegistration at the Baytowne Conference Center, 2nd Floor
6:00pm-7:00pmCaptain’s Meeting, Camellia Ballroom, Baytowne Conference Center
7:00pm-10:00pmKick-Off Party in the Azalea Ballroom
10:00pm-’til?
Discover the Nightlife in The Village of Baytowne Wharf!
Thursday  June 19  Jackpot Entry & Start of Fishing
All DayDock Walk at Baytowne Marina
10:00am-12:00pmDrinks on the Dock sponsored by SRE (read more)
11:00am-3:00pmJackpot Entry, Baytowne Marina Bar & Grill
Cash & Entry Status reports are posted on www.fishecbc.com and emailed to teams by 3:00pm.
2:00pm-3:00pm Boats Depart for Fishing
3:00pmOfficial Start of Tournament Fishing
Friday  June 20  Weigh-In
4:00pm-9:00pmWeigh-In at Baytowne Marina, Video Verification in the Mojo bus
8:00pmTeams Wishing to Weigh Fish or Return Scorecards Must Be Under the Mid-Bay Bridge
Saturday  June 21  Weigh-In
4:00pm-10:00pmWeigh-In at Baytowne Marina, Video Verification in the Mojo bus
8:00pmTeams Wishing to Weigh Fish or Return Scorecards Must Be Under the Mid-Bay Bridge
Sunday  June 22  Awards Brunch
10:00am-1:00pm Awards Brunch presented by Visit South Walton
11:00am
Awards Presentation
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Entry Levels, Fees, Awards & Prize Disbursement

Entry Levels, Fees, Awards & Prize Disbursement

Last updated November 5, 2013

7.5% Florida State sales tax is added to all fees.

Sample Cash Distribution

BASE ENTRY

The Tournament Entry Fee is $5,000 per team. Tournament awards are based on Entry Fees. Of the amount allocated to awards, 60% goes to the Top Billfish and 40% goes to the Top Gamefish (split evenly between the three gamefish species).

Award: Top Billfish

Cash prizes are awarded to the top three teams based on the single heaviest qualifying blue marlin as follows: three winners—50/30/20; two winners—60/40; one winner takes all. If there are no qualifying marlin weighed, the prize money rolls evenly into the Top Gamefish categories.

Award: Top Gamefish (Dolphin, Tuna, Wahoo)

Cash prizes are awarded to the top three teams in each species category (dolphin, tuna & wahoo) based on the single heaviest qualifying fish as follows: three winners—50/30/20; two winners—60/40; one winner takes all. If there are no winners in an entire gamefish species category, the cash allocated for that species rolls evenly into the remaining species categories. If there are no qualifying gamefish caught in any category, the prize money rolls to the Top Billfish.

 

RELEASE DIVISION (optional)

The Release Division is $2,000 per team for teams entered in the Tournament Base Entry with an 85% return. You may enter the Release Division only for $2,500. If entered in the Release Division only, you may enter any of the Optional Jackpots EXCEPT the Blue Marlin Jackpots. Billfish releases must be video verified.

Award: Top Release Teams

The amount allocated to release awards is split 50/30/20 between the three teams accumulating the most release points. If only two teams qualify in this division, the split is 60/40 and if only one team qualifies, the winner takes all. You must be entered to win.

 

CREW DIVISION (optional)

The Crew Division is $300 with a 100% return.

Award: Top Crews

The amount allocated to crew awards is split 50/30/20 between the top three crews accumulating the most total weight and release points. If only two crews qualify in this division, the split is 60/40 and if only one crew qualifies, the winner takes all. You must be entered to win.

 

JACKPOTS (optional)

There are twenty-seven optional Jackpots with a 90% return, five each ($250, $500, $1,000, $2,000 and $5,000) for weighed Dolphin, Tuna and Wahoo, and six each ($250, $500, $1,000, $2,000, $5,000 and $10,000) for weighed Blue Marlin and Billfish Release Points. Billfish Releases must be video verified. You must be entered in the Release Division to enter the Release Jackpots.

Jackpot Cash Payout

The amount allocated to jackpot awards is split 60/25/15 between the three heaviest fish, or three teams with the most release points, in that jackpot category. You must be entered in the jackpot category to win. If there are only two qualifying winners the split is 65/35 and if there is only one qualifying winner, the winner takes all.

 

OTHER TOURNAMENT AWARDS

Trophies, plaques, and/or merchandise are awarded in the following categories.

Top Overall Release Team (Perpetual Trophy)

Awarded to the team that accumulates the most release points and is also entered in the Release Division. The winning team’s name is inscribed on the Magnificent Blue Perpetual Trophy sculpted by Chris Barela and sponsored by Galati Yacht Sales & Viking Yachts, which is on permanent display in the lobby of the Grand Sandestin®.

Top Overall Angler

Awarded to the angler who accumulates the most total weight (all species*) and release points.

Top Release Angler

Awarded to the angler who accumulates the most release points.

Allison Craft Designs

Top Lady Angler—Sponsored by Allison Craft Designs

Awarded to the lady angler who accumulates the most total weight (all species*) and release points.

Top Junior Angler

Awarded to the junior angler (15 years old or younger) who accumulates the most total weight (all species*) and release points.

* In order to count for weight points all fish must meet the tournament’s requirements for qualification.

 

TOURNAMENT SERIES AWARDS

Any prizes or awards in this category are the responsibility of the Tournament Series (WBS/IGFA) and not the ECBC.

Top World Billfish Series Angler

Awarded to the angler who weighs in the heaviest blue marlin. If no blue marlin are boated, awarded to the angler with the most release points.

Top IGFA Team

Awarded to the team who accumulates the most release points.

 

PRIZE DISBURSEMENT

If you are unable to attend the Awards Brunch, or would like additional trophies, call Julia Brakhage at 850.267.6168 or email tournament@fishecbc.com.

Trophies

Trophies are handed out on stage during the Awards Brunch.

Cash Awards

Cash award winners receive a Cash Distribution form at the Awards Brunch which must be filled in with the full name, mailing address, amount and FEIN or SSN of everyone who is receiving a check and signed by the Team Contact as recorded on the Entry Form. In addition, all payees must fill out a W-9 before a check can be issued. We will have blank W-9s with us at the Awards Brunch.

Cash awards are paid by check and mailed within two weeks after receiving the W-9 form. A 1099-MISC is issued for all prize money to the person or company to whom the check is made payable. Decisions pertaining to the distribution of a team’s total purse are the sole responsibility of the team members, regardless of whether an award is published as an individual or team award. Tournament Officials will not participate in decisions regarding cash distribution.

All or a portion of cash awards may be rolled to the following year’s tournament but must be used the following year or are forfeited.

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Teams, Entry, Payment & Refunds

Teams, Registration, Payment & Refunds

Last updated November 21, 2013

Download Entry Form Download Entry Form

Index

1. Entry Application and Early Bird Drawing
2. Payment Methods
3. Entry and Payment Deadlines
4. Refunds
5. Team Contact (also relates to refunds and prize money distribution)
6. Tournament Team Members
7. Event Tickets and Team Merchandise
8. Team Check-In

1. Entry Application and Early Bird Drawing

Entry forms in PDF format may be downloaded from the ECBC website and may also be requested by calling 850.267.6168 or emailing tournament@fishecbc.com. Teams may also register online. A $1,000 deposit is required at the time your entry reservation is made. Entries received by May 31 are eligible for the Early Bird drawing for a chance to win $1,000 plus five nights of free dockage at Baytowne Marina during the tournament.

2. Payment Methods

Fees may be paid by check, wire transfer, cash in US Dollars or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express). Personal checks and business checks are not accepted after June 1. Email Julia at tournament@fishecbc.com or call 850.267.6168 for wire transfer procedures.

Make checks payable to “Sandestin Investments LLC” and mail with entry form to:
  Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic
  Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort
  9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy W
  Destin, FL 32550

3. Entry and Payment Deadlines

May 31: Deadline for entry into the Early Bird Drawing.
May 31: Last day to withdraw and receive full refund.
June 1: Personal and business check payments must be received by this date.
June 17: Wire transfers must be deposited and confirmed.
June 17: Last day to pre-register—after this date you must register in person during final registration.
June 18: Final Registration & Captain’s Meeting—last day to enter tournament, ends at 9pm.
June 19: Jackpot Entry at Baytowne Marina—last day to enter jackpots, ends at 3pm.

4. Refunds

Deposits and entry fees may be refunded or rolled to the following year under the following circumstances. If rolled, the amount rolled must be used the following year or is forfeited. If refunded, a check is made payable to the Team Contact within four weeks following the tournament.
Withdrawals
Withdrawals must be submitted via email to tournament@fishecbc.com.
Withdrawals submitted before May 31st: Deposit and additional fees may be either rolled or refunded.
Withdrawals submitted after May 31st and before noon on the day of final registration: Deposits may be rolled to the following year; additional entry fees may be either rolled or refunded.
Withdrawals submitted after noon and before 9:00pm on the day of final registration: Deposits are forfeited; additional entry fees may be either rolled or refunded.
Withdrawals submitted after 9:00pm on the day of final registration: There are no refunds and no amount may be rolled.
Cancellation of Entire Tournament
Deposits are forfeited; additional entry fees may be either rolled or refunded.
No Qualifying Fish Caught
This pertains only to the optional jackpots, and only to those teams entered in the jackpot where no qualifying fish was caught. Ninety percent (90%) of the optional jackpot amount may be either rolled to the following year or refunded.

5. Team Contact (Also relates to refunds and prize money distribution.)

Please carefully read the following and choose your Team Contact accordingly.

The Team Contact is the designated team leader; there can be only one Team Contact per Team. The Team Contact must know how to reach each member of the team, and the contact information for the Team Contact must be complete and include a mailing address, cell or local phone number and email address. Any instructions, confirmations or requests for information are sent to this person. In addition, the Team Contact signs the Disbursement Order designating how cash awards are distributed and is the person to whom any refunds are made payable. We suggest you discuss how any prize money won is to be distributed before the tournament.

6. Tournament Team Members

There is no limit to the number of people who can be on your Tournament Team, however all members of your Team must be registered on the Entry Form or Change/Addition Form. At a minimum, you must provide a First Name, Last Name, City and State for all team members. A typical team consists of:
• 1 Boat Captain (also considered an angler)
• 1-2 Mates (also considered anglers)
• 4 (or more) Anglers

One of your Team must also be designated as the Team Contact (see #5 above). Guests are allowed.

7. Event Tickets and Team Merchandise

Teams receive six (6) event tickets (wristbands), four (4) Angler bags and one (1) Captain’s bag. Additional tickets and merchandise may be purchased at the event.

8. Team Check-In

All Teams must check in on the day of Registration to verify team information, pay entry fees and collect team bags.

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Tournament Rules

Tournament Rules

2013 Tournament Program

Last updated December 8, 2013

Rules, including published rules in print or on the ECBC website (www.FishECBC.com), are subject to change without notice. Current instructions are given at the Captain’s Meeting where attendance by at least one team member is mandatory. By entering the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin® and paying the entry fee, participating anglers, captains, crews and guests (“Participants”) agree to abide by the Tournament Rules. The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin® expects the highest level of integrity and sportsmanship from its Participants. Refer to Schedule of Events for time and location of Captain’s Meeting.

Index

1. Rules Acceptance
2. Nature of Tournament
3. Permits and Licenses
4. Dockage at Baytowne Marina
5. Tournament Start/Check-Out
6. Fishing Days and Times
7. Weather and “Complete Tournament”
8. Boundaries
9. Communications
10. Equipment and Angling Rules
11. Eligible Species and Points
12. Billfish Release
13. Recording Billfish on Scorecards
14. Billfish Release Video Verification
15. Check-In Deadline and Procedure
16. Gamefish Tail Tags
17. When and Where to Turn in Scorecards
18. Weigh-In Procedures
19. Breaking Ties
20. Polygraph Examination
21. Release of All Claims
22. Disputes
23. Binding Arbitration
24. Participation


1. Rules Acceptance

It is the sole responsibility of the participating anglers, captains, crews and guests (“Participants”) to know and abide by the Tournament Rules as published and as amended during the Captain’s Meeting. Participants agree to accept all Tournament Rules and accept that decisions made by the Rules Committee are final.

2. Nature of Tournament

The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin® is a fishing competition. Participants enter at their own risk, and understand the possibility exists that there may be no winners if no qualifying fish are caught.

3. Permits and Licenses

Registered boats and anglers are expected to comply with all Federal and Florida state laws regarding fishing licenses, size limits, bag limits and any other regulations that may apply. For information regarding Florida Saltwater Fishing Licenses refer to www.myfwc.com/license/recreational/saltwater-fishing/ or call 850.488.4676. For information regarding Federal HMS Permits refer to www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/compliance/permits_reporting/ or call 888.872.8862 for automated renewal.

4. Dockage at Baytowne Marina

Slips at Baytowne Marina are reserved on a first come, first served basis only for those boats that have sent their entry form and $1,000 deposit. Dockage fees are not included in entry fees, but special tournament rates are offered. To reserve a slip call Julia at 850.267.6168 or email tournament@fishecbc.com.

5. Tournament Start—Departure Location, Time and Check-Out

Tournament boats may leave from any marina, but must depart through the East Pass in Destin no earlier than Thursday at 3:00pm. The departure demarcation is the end of the East Pass Jetties. Tournament Officials are stationed at the East Pass between 2:00–4:00pm in a boat flying an ECBC flag and will count down to 3:00pm on VHF 72 then announce the start of the tournament. You must check out with the ECBC Boat on VHF 72. Boats wishing to depart after 4:00pm should call Tournament Headquarters at 850.267.6168 to check out. Other details are given at the Captain’s Meeting.

6. Fishing Days and Times

Tournament fishing starts at 3:00pm on Thursday and continues through Saturday at 8:00pm. No lines or teasers may be in the water before start of fishing.

7. Weather and “Complete Tournament”

The Rules Committee may cancel any tournament fishing day if, in their best judgment, unsafe conditions exist at sea. Resumption of fishing is announced by 6:00am the following morning on VHF 72. A resumption of fishing announcement by the Rules Committee does not ensure the safety of any Participant. Whether or not to fish must be based solely on the team’s own judgment taking into consideration the prevailing conditions, the seaworthiness of their vessel, and the crew’s seamanship skills. One day of offshore fishing or any part thereof, by at least one-third of registered boats constitutes a complete tournament.

8. Boundaries

There are no boundaries.

9. Communications

Tournament Officials monitor VHF Channel 72. You can reach Tournament Headquarters at 850.267.6168. If you require fuel, ice, or have any other Marina needs upon returning from fishing, please use VHF Channel 10.

10. Equipment and Angling Rules

IGFA Saltwater Equipment and Angling rules apply with the exception of any special instructions given in these rules, and any changes stated at the Captain's Meeting. Use of non-offset circle hooks when using natural baits (live or dead) or natural baits in combination with lures or skirts is required. Any member of the team may set the hook and fight the fish, or may set the hook and immediately pass the rod to another team member, but the rod may only be passed one time. The angler must then fight the fish unassisted.

11. Eligible Species & Points

If the billfish species cannot be clearly identified during video verification, it is awarded 175 points.

Species Release
Points
Weight
Pts/Lb
Minimum Weight/LengthLimit to Weigh
Blue Marlin 5001 (one)103" LJFL1 / Angler / Day
White Marlin 200n/arelease onlyn/a
Sailfish 175n/arelease onlyn/a
Spearfish 175n/arelease onlyn/a
Dolphin n/a1 (one) 20 lbs. 3 / Team / Day
Blackfin Tuna n/a1 (one) 20 lbs. & 12" CFL 3 / Team / Day
Bigeye Tuna n/a1 (one) 20 lbs. & 27" CFL 3 / Team / Day
Yellowfin Tuna n/a1 (one) 20 lbs. & 27" CFL 3 / Team / Day
Wahoon/a 1 (one) 20 lbs. 2 / Angler / Day
3 / Team / Day

12. Billfish Release

A billfish is considered released when the leader connection is wound to the tip of the rod, or the mate or other crew member touches the leader. If your intent is to release the billfish, do not remove it from the water—if you do (as recorded on the video) the billfish is disqualified. Tagging is not required for tournament points.

13. Recording Billfish on Scorecards

Scorecards must be filled in legibly and completely, and signed by the Boat Captain indicating they agree to the information as recorded (instructions are also printed on the scorecard). Scorecards are handed out during Registration. All billfish released or boated must be recorded on the Billfish Scorecard. Do not record gamefish on the scorecard. Please use a separate scorecard for each day and record the time as AM or PM, or use 24 hour time. Any team intentionally recording wrongful information on the scorecards for the purpose of altering tournament standings or results is disqualified from the event, and forfeits any and all entry money, prizes or prize money.

If you did not catch a billfish you do not need to turn in a Scorecard. If you did catch a billfish, you must turn in the Scorecard regardless of whether you are entered in the Release Division or Release Jackpots. See Rule #17.

14. Billfish Release Video Verification & Recording

In addition to returning a signed Scorecard, teams competing in the Release Division or optional Release Jackpots must turn in a video recording of each billfish released. The video must show the billfish next to the boat, identify the billfish species, and include the tournament’s verification object. In addition, as soon as the billfish is released the team must record a shot of the boat’s GPS showing date and time. Teams are expected to provide their own video cameras and the cables necessary to view the video on a big screen TV. The video judges must also be able to make a copy of all release videos for tournament records and may need to keep the original video overnight in order to make the copy. Also see Rule #24.

15. Check-In Deadline and
Procedure for Boats Returning to Baytowne Marina to Weigh a Fish

If you wish to weigh fish, or turn in Scorecards and videos, you must be under the Mid-Bay Bridge by 8:00pm. PLEASE PASS THROUGH THE CENTER OF THE BRIDGE. On Saturday Tournament Officials are stationed at the Mid-Bay Bridge between 4:00 and 8:00pm in a boat flying an ECBC flag and will count down to 8:00pm on VHF 72 then announce that boats that have not passed are ineligible to weigh fish or turn in Scorecards. As you pass you must check in with the ECBC Boat on VHF 72. The ECBC Boat records the time you pass—this is your time of return and may be used to break ties in the weight of two or more fish. See Rule #19.

Once you are through the channel the Dock Master will contact you on VHF 18 with instructions to either stand by, return to your slip or back into the Weigh Station.

If you return on Friday or before 4:00pm on Saturday, you must contact Tournament Headquarters at 850.267.6168 to declare you are coming in to weigh fish. In these situations the actual time the fish is weighed is used as a tie-breaker.

16. Gamefish Tail Tags

Before gamefish are offloaded from the boat, a Tail Tag must be filled out for each fish to be weighed. All information must be entered except for the time, weight, length and signature which are filled in at the scales. The angler signs the tail tag after the fish is weighed. Be sure to review the information on the tail tag before you sign it. Once the tag is signed, it’s official.

17. When and Where to Turn in Billfish Scorecards and Release Videos

Teams NOT Entered in the Release Division: Turn in Billfish Scorecards at the Weigh Station. Scorecards must be turned in before the close of the Weigh Station on Saturday night. If you caught a billfish you must turn in a scorecard. If you are NOT entered in the Release Division you may also take a photo of the scorecard and email it to tournament@fishecbc.com.

Teams Entered in the Release Division: Billfish Scorecards and Release Videos must stay together with a member of the team and be turned in to the Video Verification Judges at the marina before the close of the Weigh Station on Saturday night along with the camera that took the video. Videos are viewed one at a time with the team member(s) present. Members from other teams are not allowed into the room while videos are being judged.

18. Weigh-In Procedures

All fish must be weighed at Baytowne Marina. The scales are open Friday from 4:00pm–9:00pm and Saturday from 4:00pm–10:00pm. The weigh station will remain open on Saturday until all fish that are in line are weighed. Fish are weighed to the tenth of a pound. Additionally,
A) Fish must be brought to the scales on the boat on which they were caught. Should a situation arise where a boat cannot make it back by the deadline, the fish and angler may be transferred to another tournament boat, after consulting with Tournament Officials (850.267.6168).
B) The weighing of blue marlin takes precedence over gamefish.
C) Fish must arrive at the dock in edible condition—mutilated fish are not weighed. In this case, “mutilation” is defined as any damage that would impair the fighting ability of the fish.
D) The angler must remain with the fish throughout the weigh-in.
E) Before leaving the scales, the angler must verify weight information, sign the Weigh-In form and provide a telephone number where they can be reached.
F) All fish weighed become the property of the tournament.
G) The Weighmaster and ECBC Officials reserve the right to refuse to weigh any fish that does not meet tournament requirements.

19. Breaking Ties

All times are recorded to the full minute.

Ties between release points are broken by the time of release as shown on the video recording of the boat’s GPS.
Ties between the weights of two or more fish are broken by “weigh-in time”. “Weigh-in time” is defined as:
On Friday, and Saturday before 4:00pm, “weigh-in time” is the time the fish was weighed.
On Saturday after 4:00pm, “weigh-in time” is the time the boat returns under the Mid-Bay Bridge as recorded by tournament officials.

20. Polygraph Examination

All registered Participants agree to submit to a polygraph examination if requested to do so by Tournament Officials. Failure to comply will result in disqualification of the Participant and, at the discretion of Tournament Officials, the Participant’s entire team. Disqualified Participants and/or Teams forfeit any and all entry money, prizes or prize money, and are refused entry to future ECBC tournaments.

21. Release of All Claims

This section must be carefully read by each Participant.

In consideration for being accepted by the Tournament Organizers for participation in the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin® (the "Tournament”), the Participants hereby release, forever discharge, and agree to hold harmless the Tournament, Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort, Sandestin Investments LLC, Baytowne Marina, Tournament Control™, and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, volunteers, partners, members, and/or attorneys (collectively the “Releasees”) for any and all losses, claims, or demands of any kind or character whatsoever arising from the negligence or gross negligence of the Releasees or from any other cause connected with or occurring during the Tournament. The Participants expressly acknowledge that he/she has received, reviewed, and agrees to abide by the Tournament Rules and this Release. Furthermore, the Participants expressly acknowledge that activities relating to deep sea fishing are extremely dangerous and involve the risk of serious injury or death. Having so acknowledged, the Participants hereby assume full responsibility for the risk of bodily injury or death due to the negligence or gross negligence of the Releasees or any other cause connected with or occurring during the Tournament.

22. Disputes

All disputes, protests, claims, differences or controversies relating to any aspect of the Tournament, including, without limitation, Tournament Rules, must be submitted to the Tournament Organizers/Rules Committee no later than twenty-four (24 ) hours following the closing of the Weigh Station or are deemed waived. All such disputes must be presented in writing along with a non-refundable fee of $500 cash. All such disputes shall be decided by the Tournament Organizers/Rules Committee and shall be final and binding upon all parties.

23. Binding Arbitration

In the event the Tournament Organizers/Rules Committee cannot render or refuses to render a final and binding decision with respect to any dispute, protest, claim, difference, or controversy under review, the matter shall be resolved by binding arbitration under the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. The decision rendered in arbitration shall be in writing and shall be final and binding upon all parties. The parties shall have no further recourse, except as provided for by the commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association. Once the decision is rendered, it will produce the effect of “res judicata” and the parties shall fully comply with the decision without delay. The Participants specifically waive any right to a trial by judge or jury.

24. Participation

The Participants specifically agree and consent to the use of any photograph, motion picture, or audio recording in which they appear or are heard, by the Tournament, Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort or Tournament Control™ for any purpose whatsoever including, but not limited to, resale, advertising, and promotional material without compensation or restriction of any kind.

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Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort

Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

Located on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast in Destin, Florida, Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort is a 2,400-acre premier destination resort located between Pensacola and Panama City. Sandestin® invites guests to enter its world of 30 charming village neighborhoods featuring rental condominiums, villas, town homes and a wide variety of luxury beach hotel accommodations.

Special Room Rate

Call 800.320.8115 to make your reservation. Use GROUP Code FISH14.

The Sandestin® Beach Resort boasts more than seven miles of sugar-white sand beach and bayfront property, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 98-slip marina, marina dockage facilities, water sports, children’s programs, a fitness center and spa, 65,000 square feet of meeting space for weddings, family reunions, corporate meetings, retreats and more, and a pedestrian village complete with shopping, restaurants, ice skating, zip lining, and vibrant nightlife.

For your convenience, Sandestin®’s 1,500 accommodations and luxury vacation rentals are grouped into four resort areas: Beachside, Village, Lakeside and Bayside. Each of the four Florida resorts offer a unique locale, secure environment, and a lodging rate range designed to suit your style and accommodate your budget.

Learn More About Sandestin’s Florida Vacation Rentals.

Baytowne Marina

Baytowne Marina

The Baytowne Marina docking facilities can greet vessels ranging from 30 to 140 feet. Marina staff can provide personal concierge services such as arranging tee times, restaurant reservations, tram service, food and ice delivery and much more upon request. Golf Cart rentals are available exclusively for marina guests.

Arranging Dockage During the Tournament

Slips at Baytowne Marina are reserved on a first come, first served basis for boats that have sent their entry form and $1,000 deposit. Special tournament rates are offered. To reserve a slip call Julia at 850.267.6168 or email tournament@fishecbc.com. Final slip assignments are made about a week before the tournament.

Arranging Dockage at Other Times of the Year

For rates and additional information or to reserve a slip for all times except during the tournament, call 850.267.7773 or email dockmaster@sandestin.com.

 

Baytowne Marina Dock Layout
Useful Links

Useful Links

 

Weather

Weather Forecasts
Marine Forecasts
National Hurricane Center
National Data Buoy Center
Data Buoys-Eastern Gulf of Mexico
2013 Phases of the Moon
2014 Phases of the Moon

Forecasting Services

Hilton's Realtime-Navigator
Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service
Weather Routing, Inc.

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Download PDF Documents

Download PDF Documents

2014 Entry Form
2014 Fact Sheet
2014 Tournament Rules, revised December 8, 2013
2013 Tournament Program
Anglers or Angler Updates
Optional Entries
Form W-9 (Request for Taxpayer ID)