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St. Thomas to host annual Blue Marlin Tournament

St. Thomas will host the USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament, August 26, 27, 28 and 30, 2004. More than 35 boats from Florida, Bermuda and other Caribbean destinations are expected to participate in this prestigious big game fishing event as the third and final leg of the Bermuda Triangle Tournament.
“The USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament attracts skilled
anglers to St. Thomas each year because of the exciting sportfishing
competition and the abundance of blue marlin in our waters,” Acting
Commissioner Monique Sibilly-Hodge said.

“The proceeds donated to our local Boy Scouts troupes are a wonderful way to give back to our community and to invest in the future of our children.”

The USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament (ABMT), informally referred to as the Boy Scout Tournament, is the single largest fund raising event for the Virgin Islands Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The monies support a broad range of scouting activities throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands. Local troupes participate in events at American Yacht Harbor, which are open to the public including:  the flag raising ceremony and blessing of the fleet at 7 a.m. on August 26; Caribbean Night at 7:45 p.m. on August 28; and the fun-filled Handline Tournament for kids starting at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 29.

The USVI Open/ABMT consists of three competitions operated simultaneously - an angler tournament, a crew tournament and a boat tournament.  Many other cash prizes will be awarded to anglers and crews based upon the number of blue marlin they catch.