Dart announced as presenting sponsor for 2019 Cayman Billfish Rundown

Cayman Billfish Rundown, a new multi-day fishing tournament, has been launched for 2019. Dart and The Residences at Seafire were recently announced as presenting sponsors alongside Hurleys’ Media.

With potential prize winnings of US$520,000 and a guarantee of US$270,000, the inaugural tournament will have one of the largest guaranteed prizes of the region’s competitive fishing circuit. The tournament, which will take place from 14-17 May, 2019, will be headquartered at Camana Bay Harbour.

Pilar Bush, Executive Vice President for Marketing at Dart Enterprises, says that the tournament’s target audience closely aligns with the country’s tourism market.

“The 2019 Cayman Billfish Rundown will attract both local participants and overseas visitors,” she says. “This tournament offers the perfect reason for avid international sports fishermen to plan a trip to the Cayman Islands.”

Randy Merren, Managing Director of Hurley’s Media, says the tournament has been over a year in the making and will highlight the best Cayman has to offer.

“Cayman is a very attractive destination and we view this as an opportunity to attract visitors who spend their time off going on fishing trips and may not have had Cayman on the radar,” he says.

“We have scheduled this tournament at a time of year when the fishing is plentiful, when there is a break with other tournaments, and to coincide with CayMAS carnival taking place the day after the award ceremony, as we want to showcase all Cayman has to offer, including our incredible entertainment.”

Cayman Billfish rundown is expected to have a positive impact on the local economy by attracting high net worth individuals, and creating new vendor and sponsorship opportunities for local businesses.

“Similar to our investments in the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit and KAABOO, Dart’s sponsorship of Cayman Billfish Rundown aligns with our long-term strategy to support sustainable economic growth within the Cayman Islands,” Ms. Bush says. “Not only will this tournament help bolster Cayman’s existing reputation as a prime sports fishing destination but also introduce visitors to unique culinary and entertainment experiences that exemplify the high standard of Cayman’s tourism product.”

Cayman Billfish Rundown has also teamed up with world-renowned marine artist and angler, Carey Chen, to provide his expertise and ensure this event is executed to a high standard.

“Cayman has some of the best fishing in one of the most beautiful and successful islands in the Caribbean. I am honoured to be part of this tournament and am looking forward to this being an unforgettable event,” Mr. Chen says.

Adding an element of social responsibility to the tournament, Cayman Billfish Rundown has designated the Alex Panton Foundation as the beneficiary charity of the event. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the mental health of children and young adults in the Cayman Islands through advocacy, awareness and support while raising awareness of mental illnesses with a particular focus on anxiety and depression. Participants will have the option during registration to donate a percentage of their winnings to the foundation.

To register for the 2019 Cayman Billfish Rundown, visit: www.caymanbillfishrundown.com