Monday, July 25, 2011

Here We Go Again!

Since my arrival in Kona on Friday afternoon, it has been a whirlwind of activity.  We started with the Charter Boat Meeting right after I arrived, where all the excellent captains and crew members were briefed on the rules and expectations for the tournament.  It was fun seeing so many familiar faces - and to meet some folks whom I've been wanting to meet for a long time.

On Saturday the teams started arriving to register.  I was really struck by how international this tournament is - with representative teams from all around the globe.
The team briefing is in full swing!

Sunday morning was the team briefing, followed by the HIBT Kona Parade.  Who doesn't love a billfish parade?
The Laguna Niguel Billfish Club showing their true colors...

Sunday evening was capped off with a wonderful party at the Hale Halawai.  Among the highlights of this annual event is the singing of the national anthems of each and every country in the tournament.  It is really a treat to see all the teams of each nation gather up front to sing along with the orchestra.

And this morning I had to hit the dock at 0600, with tags and poles rigged and ready to be handed off to the angling teams as they board the boats.  A total of six tags went out this morning - and although fishing has been good, I don't believe any have been deployed yet.  I'll keep you posted!
Opening morning at Kailua Pier

Also - if you just can't wait for the blogs, I've also set up a Twitter feed which (if my thumbs will cooperate), will allow me to give minute-by-minute updates when exciting stuff happens!  You can follow along @greatmarlinrace.


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