Triple Crown Championship 2017 Rules and Regulations

The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship winning boat will be determined by the total accumulated number of points earned according to each official individual Tournament Final Standings. Optional Cash Awards positions not applicable. Participating boats may earn bonus points by participating in all five events.

Championship Points accumulated from officially sanctioned Tournament standings for first through third place in Blue Marlin and Catch and Release categories. Points awarded on the following basis:

Place Blue Marlin C/R
1 250 125
2 175 100
3 100 75


In the event of a Tournament Category with no official second and third place positions, points will be awarded towards The Triple Crown Championship from first place only. In the event no eligible fish in a Category are weighed, no points for that Category will be awarded. Points within a category do not rollover.

There is no requirement boats must fish in all officially sanctioned tournaments in the Series. Bonus points however, are awarded to boats which do participate in all Tournaments. Competing in the Blue Marlin Grand Championship is a requirement in order to win the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Series.

Gulf Coast Triple Crown Last Chance Qualifier - allows the top ten teams as posted on the Gulf Coast Triple Crown website following the conclusion of the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic to be eligible for registration in the Blue Marlin Grand Championship Tournament above and beyond the 60 boat limit.


2017 GCTC Sanctioned Tournaments:

Orange Beach Billfish Classic ~ May 17-21, 2017 ~ Orange Beach, AL

Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic ~ May 30-June 4, 2017 ~ Venice, LA

Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic ~ June 5-11, 2017 ~ Biloxi, MS*
(*MGCBC First Place Catch and Release Points only)

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic ~ June 21-25, 2017 ~ Destin, FL

Blue Marlin Grand Championship ~ July 11-17, 2017 ~ Orange Beach, AL**

(** Points will be awarded to the winners of the BMGC as follows: First place winner will be credited 250 points, Second place 175 points and Third place 100 points.)


Exceptional Bonus Points:

Size bonus points based upon lower jaw - fork tail measurement as recorded by each tournament for winning Blue Marlin will be awarded as follows:
  • 51 Points will be awarded to a boat breaking an existing Blue Marlin Tournament record.
  • 100 Points will be awarded to Boats participating in all five sanctioned Tournaments.
  • Blue Marlin of 110" in length or greater, but not including 120": 10 bonus points (in addition to regular position scoring points).
  • Blue Marlin of 120" in length or greater, but not including 130": 15 bonus points (in addition to regular position scoring points).
  • Blue Marlin of 130" or greater: 20 bonus points (in addition to regular position scoring points).


Tie Breaker Policy:

  1. Tie will be broken by the boat which placed with the single heaviest weighed Blue Marlin (regardless of which tournament).
  2. In the event none of the tied boats weighed an eligible Blue Marlin (Tournament awards only, no optional awards count), the tie will be broken by the boat with the greatest number of accumulated Catch and Release Gulf Coast Triple Crown Points.

Contested Points/positions/winners:

In event of a contested Award at a Tournament, no Awards points will be allocated to the boat(s) in the disputed position of the particular tournament until dispute is resolved. If not resolved by conclusion of the Series, disputed position will count as zero points toward all boat(s) involved total score.

Cancelled Tournaments:

If cancelled, no points will be awarded from the cancelled event. If The Blue Marlin Grand Championship is cancelled, Trophy will be awarded at the conclusion of the 2017 Blue Marlin Grand Championship Tournament. In that event, boats with Championship Points from the 2017 season will rollover and will be added to points accumulated during 2018 season.

Postponed Tournaments:

In the event a tournament is postponed Championship Points will be awarded providing rescheduled event is held prior to the 2017 Blue Marlin Grand Championship.

Withdrawals:

No points will be awarded to boats withdrawing from a tournament prior to official start of competition.

Mechanical Breakdowns:

Hardship boat transfers will be subject to approval by the Triple Crown Tournament Committee (boat transfers authorized by other Tournament Committees will be accepted by the Triple Crown). In the event of Boat Transfer, Points will be accrued towards original boat.

Championship Points:

Only fish scoring official tournament awards at each event will be counted towards Championship Points. Optional (Calcutta) Cash Award positions do not count towards Trophy points.

Championship Point standings will be posted online at www.gulfcoasttriplecrown.com following each tournament.

The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Tournament Committee's decision is final in all matter pertaining towards Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Trophy.

Point standings will be posted for the top ten Triple Crown positions immediately following the release of official tournament results for each sanctioned event.

Ownership:

The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Series (GCTC) is owned, managed and promoted solely by Wheels Up Events, LLC..