A very popular and successful tournament doesn’t last 20 years without a lot of help along the way. It takes top teams participating, coordination, hard work, a dedicated staff and tons of support. And as the ECBC celebrates its 20th anniversary this week, it’s only fitting to highlight the generous sponsors who help by providing products, services and financial assistance that make it all possible.
As the title sponsor and tournament host, Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort offers the Baytowne Marina for boat dockage, the many accommodations for families and staff, and the ballrooms for the registration, captains’ meeting and kick-off party, followed by the Sunday awards brunch. As one of the top resorts in the Southeast, Sandestin is also a great place for the family members to relax and enjoy all the amenities if they aren’t on the boat competing.
Wind Creek Casino & Hotel is once again the Presenting Sponsor for the 2022 ECBC. Located in nearby Atmore, Alabama, this gaming resort features a casino and world-class dining for its guests. During tournament week, Wind Creek will showcase games in the sponsor village at the Baytowne Marina and host the awards brunch Sunday morning after fishing concludes.
It’s only appropriate South Walton, Florida is the Tourism Partner with the tournament. The 16 unique coastal communities that comprise the region are beautifully accented by sugar sand beaches and emerald green coastal waters. South Walton Florida is a favorite destination for vacationers as well as full or seasonal residents because of its natural beauty, combined with five-star shopping, dining and a multitude of recreational opportunities in addition to great fishing.
Three well-known and respected marine businesses are the heart of the Tournament Partner ranks. Gulf Coast Yacht Group/Hatteras Yachts is a brokerage dealership for new and pre-owned sportfishers and motor yachts with offices across the central Gulf. GCYG hosts the favorite Thursday morning Breakfast & Bloodies at the Baytowne Marina as the teams make final preparations to depart. Pelagic is a sportswear manufacturer that specializes in technical apparel and eyewear for dedicated anglers. Marine Max/Grady-White, with a major sales and service center in Fort Walton Beach, sells and services several makes of fishing and pleasure boats.
Galati Yacht Sales/Viking has been with the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic since Day One. As Founding Sponsor, they always provide the official start boat for the fleet to race away from Destin Pass.
The Links Golf Club and Hancock Whitney team up to host the ECBC Golf Scramble, held on Wednesday morning at the challenging course on the Sandestin resort grounds. Teams compete on the greens before switching to the blue.
After Wednesday’s kick-off party at the Hotel Effie, Costa will keep the party rolling with a roaring bonfire at the marina beach.
While the crews are reeling in winning fish offshore, Slick Lips Seafood and Oyster House will be serving up tasty treats from its delectable menu when sponsors converge on the Baytowne Village restaurant for the Appreciation Party.
Sponsorship is the lifeblood of any successful big-game tournament and the ECBC has been blessed to have the support of all these great ones, plus many more, over the last two decades.