If you’re reading this series, then you probably know all about Mahi Mayhem – the fishing tournament we held at the beginning of May in the BVI. We had the event at the Nanny Cay arena and the tournament, now annual, is something I’m quite proud of!
I wanted to create a tournament to benefit the community and draw tourism to the BVI. I’ve written about the conceptualizing of the idea, the planning of it all, and now for the fun stuff – the execution.
The planning continues (it never ends)
Two weeks before the tournament was when we really got down to business. Call it “flying by the seat of our pants” – but we did what was needed. I wrote a very detailed timeline of everything that needed to be done in preparation for the tournament, and then I allocated specific jobs to the members of our team.
I learned early on the importance of delegating, and I know I’m not capable of certain things. I didn't give anything to anyone that didn’t have the proper experience, and thankfully everything was completed on time, without a hitch.
Technological problems (of course)
We experienced a few technological problems in the days leading up to the event. 26 boats had expressed interest in the tournament but had problems signing up on the online forum. Only 14 boats entered, and while it may seem a little low, this number is greater than any other number of boats entered in any BVI fishing tournament in the last 10 years.
As we go forward with Mahi Mayhem and learn from our experiences, I would love to get to 40 boats next year, and 60 within a few years.
While it was quite the exciting day for us out on the water, I now realize that we should have organized more entertainment in order to draw spectators. We don’t want Mahi Mayhem to be just an event for fishers, we want families and friends and the community to come out and join us and be included in the event.
Next year, we will also set up a sponsorship package to attract more investors, and we’re planning on ramping up the coverage this year in order to make next year even more spectacular.
Again, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped out with the event and all of our partners and sponsors. We can’t wait for next year.
Giles Cadman is Chairman of The Cadman Capital Group, a group of cohesive, complementary companies, operating in the international trade, retail, leisure, and investment markets. Learn more about Giles.