Annual Waterfront Classic Benefits 2 Worthwhile Causes

 

June 2015

 

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The third edition of annual Seafarers Waterfront Classic was the best to date, according to participants and event organizers.

 

Conducted May 5 at the union-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education in Piney Point, Maryland, the event raised funds for both the Wounded Warriors Anglers of America and the Paul Hall Center waterfront project. The classic attracted more than 160 anglers, the largest field to date (the inaugural event in 2013 featured 97 fishermen while last year’s drew 96). Included were rank-and-file Seafarers, military veterans, executives from Seafarers-contracted companies, SIU and Paul Hall Center officials and staff, family members and other guests.

 

Under nearly perfect weather conditions, the anglers took to the waters just after sunrise in search of the day’s objective—Striped bass, AKA Rockfish. Competitors were divided into teams which consisted of at least one Wounded Warrior Angler, sponsored operator and union official. They were transported to their respective fishing locations aboard 17 boats.

 

As a group, the anglers landed some 680 pounds of fish. Their catch was prepared six different ways by chefs from the Paul Hall Center staff and later served to attendees during the classic’s awards dinner. John Fay Jr. claimed recognition as the grand prize winner for his catch which weighed in at 28.6 pounds. Fay was in attendance at the school for the dedication of the John Fay auditorium that was named in honor of his father.

 

“Although the catch for the day was not as productive as in recent years, the actual turnout was greater,” said SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker, who served as the classic’s chairman. “More than 160 anglers left the Piney Point waterfront on a glorious day that yielded enough fresh sea bass to feed everyone in attendance.

 

“The event once again proved to be a perfect partnership between the Wounded Warrior Anglers and the Seafarers International Union and our contracted operators,” he continued. “It afforded much-deserved honor to our wounded warriors and propelled the wonderful relationship that we have to new heights.”

 

Dave Souders, president of the Wounded Warriors Anglers, shared Tricker’s sentiments. “I was extremely impressed and blown away with the entire event,” he said. “The turnout last year was phenomenal, but this year was even better and went well beyond my expectations.

 

“Last year’s event was great but this one was over the top,” he continued. “The weather was so much nicer, there were more boats this time around and far more people were involved … there were no real hiccups that I saw and everything went really great for us.

 

“I know our warriors had a fantastic time,” Souders concluded.

 

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