Oregon Tuna Classic Eclipses 1 Million Pounds Donated to the Hungry
The Garmin Oregon Tuna Classic wrapped up its 9th season this past summer and we are now making plans for the 2014 season. After 9 years of donating tuna along with cash the OTC has finally eclipsed 1 million pounds of food donated to the Oregon Food Bank and affiliate coastal food pantries in Oregon and Southwest Washington. This accomplishment was from the monumental efforts of a lot of people. Great sponsors that sometimes get nothing in return but want to be a part of the effort. Volunteers that get caught up in the contagious energy that surrounds these events and we can’t forget all the Salty Dogs as well as our fellow fishermen/women from as far away as Idaho, California, Nevada and even Samoa who have brought teams to these events to join in the fun chasing tuna then at the end of the day share their stories and experiences with others as we all come together working to help those in need.
Thank you to everyone who has been involved at every level and especially thank you to all those that have stayed the course and stuck with the tournaments all those years.
Garmin is the title sponsor again this year as we enter the 10th year anniversary and after taking a 2 year break from overseeing things I have stepped back in as Chairman.
Going into the 2014 season you’ll see a few changes as we change the format back to what it was when we had Big Fish Friday as an optional day and the main competition on Saturday followed by the awards BBQ that same evening in the big tent. Something we are adding this year is a social event on Friday afternoon prior to the captains meeting which will feature free Crown Royal served by the Crown Royal girls. These changes are based on a lot of the good feedback after the events of this past summer.
One of the other big changes is the Ilwaco event will now be called “The Deep Canyon Challenge” and will still be sanctioned and operated by the OTC but by giving the Ilwaco event its own separate identity it will now meet the requirements to be listed as a qualifying event for the Offshore World Championships (OWC) and as such the winning team from this event will get an official invite to compete in the OWC.
The Garibaldi event will still be called the Oregon Tuna Classic and it will also send a team to the OWC. So now you have two chances to win and get an invite to the Offshore World Championships in Quepos, Costa Rica.
We are still working out the details but I can tell you there are a lot of ideas swirling around for ways to spice up these events and I can assure you things are going to be a hoot at these events. As we finalize more details we will put up a post on IFISH.net and send a short note out to everyone in an effort to keep people in the loop as to some of the things to look forward to. We have created a YouTube channel where you’ll soon see videos from a competition we will be promoting and will soon post the details of this fun competition. You can find us on Facebook where we welcome you to upload photos of your experiences with the OTC.
If you make it out to the Pacific Northwest Sport Show February 5th -9th stop by the OTC booth and learn more about some of the exciting changes and additions coming.
The dates for this year’s events are as follows:
Deep Canyon Challenge – Ilwaco, August 1st. & 2nd.
Oregon Tuna Classic – Garibaldi, August 22nd. & 23rd.
If you’ve ever had an interest in being involved in these events as a volunteer serving on the OTC board or possibly in another capacity please drop me a note to discuss the opportunities.