2019 Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Rules

(3/1/2019)


The 2019 Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship winner will receive the renowned Frank Ledbetter Championship Trophy and a $12,500 cash award. The overall Championship winner is determined by total Series points accumulated from sanctioned tournament final standings. Sanctioned tournament optional cash awards do not apply towards the Championship.

GCTC Championship Points are accumulated from sanctioned tournament final standings. First through third place in weighed blue marlin and catch & release categories only. Points will be awarded on the following basis:

PlaceBlue MarlinC/R
1 250 125
2 175100
3 10075
In the event of a tournament category with no official second and third place positions, points will be awarded towards the Championship from first place only. In the event no eligible fish in a category are weighed, no points for that category will be awarded to the Series. Points within a category do not rollover.

150 Series Participation Bonus points will be awarded to boats registered in all sanctioned Tournaments. Competing in the Blue Marlin Grand Championship is a requirement in order to win the title of 2019 Gulf Coast Triple Crown Champion.

New for 2019!
Final Four Shootout.

The top four GCTC leading teams at the conclusion of the Emerald Coast Billfish Classic will enter the Blue Marlin Grand Championship with their each of their points reset to 1,000. Only the top "Final Four" finalist will transfer from the regular season and compete in the Shootout against each another during the BMGC for the honor of overall Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship winner.

In the event none of the Final Four teams score any eligible tournament points (1st through 4th place in the BMGC), the Championship will be awarded to the GCTC point's leader during the regular season after the conclusion of the ECBC.

Note: This Shootout format applies only to the overall Series Championship title and not the GCTC Optional Cash Award Jackpots.

2019 GCTC Sanctioned Tournaments:

Orange Beach Billfish Classic ~ May 14-19, 2019 ~ Orange Beach, AL

Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic ~ May 28-June 2, 2019 ~ Venice, LA

Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic ~ June 3-9, 2019 ~ Biloxi, MS

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic ~ June 19-23, 2019 ~ Destin, FL

Blue Marlin Grand Championship ~ July 9-14, 2019 ~ Orange Beach, AL**

(** The BMGC utilizes a hybrid scoring system of combined weighed Blue Marlin and Catch & Release points to determine the official tournament winners. There is no separate Catch & Release Division within the actual tournament. Therefore, GCTC points will be awarded to the winners of the BMGC as follows: The First Place BMGC Tournament winner will be credited 250 points, Second Place 175 points Third Place 100 points and Forth Place 50 points.)

Available GCTC Exceptional Bonus Points:

150 Series Participation Bonus Points will be awarded for teams registered in all five sanctioned GCTC Series tournaments.

Blue Marlin exceptional size bonus points will be awarded based upon lower jaw - fork tail measurement as recorded by each participating tournament for winning Blue Marlin:
  • Blue Marlin of 120" in length or greater, up to but not including 130": 15 bonus points (in addition to regular position scoring points).
  • Blue Marlin of 130" or greater: 20 bonus points (in addition to regular position scoring points).
  • 51 bonus points will be awarded for breaking a sanctioned tournament Blue Marlin record.

Tie Breaker Policy:

  1. During the Final Four Shootout, ties will be broken by the boat with the most accumulated points at the conclusion of the regular season (after the ECBC). In the event both boats were tied at the end of the regular season, the boat which placed with the single heaviest Blue Marlin in the regular season will break the tie.
  2. In the event none of the tied boats weighed an eligible Blue Marlin (tournament awards only, no optional awards count), tie will be broken by the boat with the greatest number of accumulated catch & release points at the conclusion of the regular season. If still tied, the boat which reached the total amount of points first will be declared the winner.
  3. If tie remains irreconcilable after all the above, it will be resolved by a coin toss.

Contested Points/positions/winners:

In the event of a contested/protested award at a sanctioned GCTC tournament involving official tournament cash awards, GCTC Series points will not be allocated to the boat(s) involved in the disputed position(s) of the particular tournament until the dispute is resolved. In the event the contested position/dispute is not resolved by conclusion of the GCTC Series at the BMGC, no GCTC Series Points will be awarded from the disputed position(s).

Cancelled Tournaments:

If cancelled, no points will be awarded from the cancelled event. However, the 150 Series Participation bonus points will be awarded to all boats which were registered in the cancelled tournament. In the event The Blue Marlin Grand Championship is cancelled, the 2019 GCTC winner will determined from the official Championship standings at the conclusion of the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic.

Postponed Tournaments:

Postponed sanctioned tournaments may be re-scheduled due to weather. GCTC Championship points will be awarded provided a minimum of 30 boats register in the re-scheduled event. Rescheduled events must be held prior to the BMGC.

Withdrawals (with entry fees refunded):

No bonus points will be awarded to boats withdrawing from a tournament prior to official start of competition.

Mechanical Breakdowns:

Hardship boat transfers will be subject to approval by the Triple Crown Tournament Committee (boat transfers authorized by participating Tournament Committees will be accepted by the Triple Crown). In the event of a boat transfer, points will be accrued towards original team/boat.

Championship Points:

Only officially weighed blue marlin points and officially scored catch & release video points resulting in 1st 2nd and 3rd place in sanctioned tournaments will be counted towards GCTC Championship points. Optional (Calcutta) Cash Award positions and Gamefish points for individual sanctioned tournaments do not count towards GCTC Championship or GCTC Optional Jackpot points.

GCTC Optional Cash Award Jackpots:

In order to maximize points and chances of winning Jackpots, Teams are encouraged to enter the GCTC Optional Cash Award Jackpots prior to the OBBC to take full advantage of total available circuit and bonus points.

Teams may enter the GCTC Optional Jackpots up until the beginning of competition during The Cajun Canyon's Billfish Classic Tournament. However, teams not entered in the GCTC Optional Jackpots during the OBBC will not be eligible to score Jackpot Points from the OBBC.

An entry in a Jackpot Category prior to the OBBC will carry an associated 150 Series Participation Bonus Points only in that particular category.

For example: If a team enters the $1,000 category prior to the OBBC, but then enters another category(s) after boats depart for fishing (official boat departure time for the tournament), the 150 Series Participation Bonus Points will apply to the $1,000 category only, but not the other categories entered after official boat departure or after the OBBC tournament conclusion. In short, get in early and go deep...


Optional Cash Award Jackpot categories (90% payout):
  • $1,000 (50/30/20 split)
  • $2,500 (50/30/20 split)
  • $5,000 (50/30/20 split)
  • $10,000 winner take all category
  • $25,000 winner take all category New for 2019!
Jackpot entry form is located on the website at www.GulfCoastTripleCrown.com. Entry may be made by completing entry form and payment by cash, check or credit card (2.5 % processing fees apply).

GCTC Optional Jackpot Registration will be available prior to the OBBC in the Wharf Marina Outfitter store.

Optional Cash Award Jackpot Teams are not required to fish the Blue Marlin Grand Championship in order to win or place in Optional Jackpot Awards. In the event a team elects not to register in the BMGC, the 150 Series Participation Bonus Points will not apply, and the team forfeits their chance to win the overall Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship.

IMPORTANT:

Participation in a tournament is defined as registration in the sanctioned event.

Entry in GCTC Optional Jackpots is final - no refunds/rollovers of entry fees.

Jackpots will payback 90% (10% retained for operating/administrative expenses). Winners are responsible for payment of any applicable taxes and the division of cash awards among team members. One check will be written by the GCTC and distributed within two weeks of the conclusion of the Series.

Teams may change boats during the Series subject to prior approval of the GCTC Committee and provided the original crew participates.

The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Tournament Committee's decision is final in all matters pertaining to the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Trophy.

Rules subject to change prior to the beginning of competition May 14th, 2019.


Series Ownership:

The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Series (GCTC) is owned, managed and promoted solely by Wheels Up Events, LLC.

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