The Marianas Apnea Spearfishing Club is expecting 20 two-man teams to take part in its 2nd Annual Spearfishing Tournament set for May 17 in the waters around Saipan—save for sanctuaries.
MASC vice president Felix Sasamoto said the competition will be from 6am and finish at 3:30pm. Participants, however, should check in at the Smiling Cove Marina by 5am for gear inspection.
Registration fee is $40 per diver and will entitle them to an event T-shirt, MASC car sticker, and food and drinks during competition day.
Categories up for grabs are heaviest weight—for individual and team—and biggest species. Sasamoto said the 2nd Annual Spearfishing Tournament has categories for up to 10 different type of species.
Winners will take home cash and in-kind prizes such as spearguns and a lot of giveaways.
In related news, Sasamoto said all participants, volunteers, boaters, and other interested individuals are invited to attend today’s organization meeting set at 7pm at the AquaSmith shop in the 2nd floor of M2M building in Garapan.
While registration forms, rules and regulation forms, and flyers will be given out, the meeting will also serve as an election for MASC’s new set of officers for 2008, according to Sasamoto.
The 2nd Annual Spearfishing Tournament’s sponsors include MARPAC, Palms Resort & Spa, Sen. Luis Crisostomo, Rep. Ralph Torres, Saipan Fishing Tackle, The Torres Brothers, Saipan Fishermen Association, Marianas Visitors Authority, O.M.E.R., Cressi-sub, Pacifica Insurance, and Sen. Maria Frica T. Pangelinan.
MASC is also looking for volunteers and boaters to help during the event. To help or for more information about 2nd Annual Spearfishing Tournament, call MASC president Morito Asai at 483-7625/233-5055 or Sasamoto at 898-8155.