Part 5. Tips on How You Can do It Too!

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By now, you’ve probably heard about Mahi Mayhem – and we’re wrapping up the series with one final blog! This blog will cover all the tips that we learned from executing the tournament and how you can do it too.

We’ve already talked about the conceptualizing of the idea, the planning of it all, and the execution. Now, here are some tips for the future if you’re interested in planning a big event.

Get the investment first

This may be tough for some, but you need to have some sort of investment from the start before you even think about putting on the tournament. It just isn’t something you can do without a small investment. When you put the money up first and secure a sponsorship, it makes it look more legitimate and appealing to potential investors.

Save up for a small investment that you can put in yourself, and then approach the stakeholders with ideas to match the investment.

Be inclusive

This was something we struggled with, only because sportsfishing is gendered and we didn’t want to make anyone feel excluded. We really wanted to make sure the event would be equal for everyone, and everyone would have a good time! We created an atmosphere where everyone felt included - an atmosphere of sportsmanship-there was no elitism, and the rules were sensible and fair. 

The toughest thing I had to deal with was whether we should have a Female Angler Award. I don’t like gender-specific awards, but when I told this to all of the stakeholders, they suggested there should be one. While I was worried about this, the award was really popular and well-received. The person that won received a huge cheer and seemed to be quite pleased. The only thing we didn’t think of this year was to have a junior only prize, which we will be sure to add next year.

Have an amazing team

I think it’s pretty obvious, but you just can’t expect to pull something off like this without an amazing team to help. We worked with our own team from CSF, the Nanny Cay Marina, The BVI Tourist Board, the BVI Sportsfishing Association, and The BVI Conservation and Fisheries Department. We really could not have done it without these contributors. 

A sincere thank you goes out to the amazing team that helped us put together Mahi Mayhem and we are looking forward to 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.

 

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