Weather threat postpones Blue Marlin Grand Championship to Orange Beach
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) – It’s supposed to be the start of something big this week, but Mother Nature may have different plans. The 10th Annual Blue Marlin Grand Championship is postponed due to weather conditions expected later this week. It’s something event organizers don’t like to see happen, but they say it’s a matter of safety first.
“You know, it’s so much uncertainty, even today. We just don’t know what those systems are going to do,” Blue Marlin Grand Championship event host Jim Cox said on Tuesday.
The waves may not end up being so rough, but the potential for so much lightning there and that’s what everyone is concerned about. When you’re on the water, it’s really a scary situation. Boats have been hit in the past. You just don’t want to put people in danger if you can help it.
Jim Cox, host of the Blue Marlin Grand Championship event
Teams and sponsors across the country will have to wait until next week to travel to the Gulf of Mexico, but events scheduled at The Wharf this week will continue on land, weather permitting.
“Fortunately, we can still organize our big party for all the teams on Wednesday evening. We still have all of our sponsors based here at The Wharf. They are going to be here all weekend,” he added.
This means that next Thursday the Fishing Tournament will start at The Wharf at 10.01am, followed by the shotgun blast at Perdido Pass. That’s an inconvenience for teams coming to town this week, but Cox says this year’s tournament will be worth the wait.
“We will do everything the same way next weekend. I’m getting goosebumps right now just talking about it. That’s how I’m excited. I can’t wait,” Cox said.
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