Chris King, chairman and CEO of Executive Adventures, Inc., which launched the Pro Series in 2008, said sponsors and some participants — jittery over how the outcome of the presidential election would affect the economy — pulled out. But King still plans to hold the World Sailfish Championship in Key West in April with a $1 million prize purse.
Jamie Bunn — known primarily for his popular Pompano Beach Saltwater Series, a funfish tournament conducted in spring and summer — will expand his sailfish tournament offerings to the three-leg “Quest for the Crest.” The series begins with Operation Sailfish, Dec. 12-16 on Singer Island, followed by the Feb. 7-10 Sailfish Challenge out of Palm Beach and Hillsboro Inlets and Government Cut; and Jimmy Johnson’s National Billfish Championship, set for March 6-9 in Key Largo.
Besides a $1 million purse, the series will award a jacket with a sailfish crest to the winners.
“It’s competitive fishing’s version of the Masters or the Stanley Cup,” Bunn said. “… I’d be willing to bet that there are many teams interested in that jacket more than the check they will receive.”
• Miami’s Sarah Newberry, 24 and crew John Casey, 38, of Longwood won the 2012 U.S. nationals for F-16 catamarans that concluded last week in Panama City. The 2016 Olympic multiihull hopefuls topped a fleet of 29 boats.
• Drivers in this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway are competing for more than cash. All 43 drivers — some avid anglers — will have a chance to win a Contender bay boat with a 250-horsepower Yamaha outboard decorated with a wrap by famed marine artist Guy Harvey. Harvey designed a special wrap featuring sailfish, marlin and checkered flags. Racegoers will be able to buy commemorative posters and T-shirts created by Harvey.