The organisers of the Vanuatu Marlin Classic are proud to announce that the Grand Hotel and Casino has become the naming sponsor and major sponsor of this yearly event. This relationship has been years in the making and is an obvious fit for both the Grand Hotel and the Vanuatu Marlin Classic Tournament. The Grand Hotel boasts high quality facilities including various well appointed and award winning dining venues, a world class Casino, a host of luxury accommodation and access to a wide variety of activities; all supported by their professional and well trained staff. We believe that this arrangement will provide an even better experience for our competitors and their family members that travel to support them and to enjoy quality time in the heart of Port Vila, Vanuatu. The Grand Hotel is offering special accommodation packages for competitors starting at $175 AUD/night. From the morning shotgun start (7am) in front of the Grand Hotel and the day’s activities to the evening weigh-in, fine dining and nightlife the Grand Hotel is where you will want to be. The 2010 Marlin Classic will see a few changes in the overall format of the tournament. The first 6annual VMC competitions have all been based upon the best score over three days of fishing. Feedback from participants and local fishing enthusiasts has led us to modify our approach. Starting in 2010 there will be 4 major prizes rather than the three (1st, 2nd and 3rd places) we have always featured in the past. The 4th major prize will be awarded based on the most points scored on a single day of fishing. This will allow for single-day and two-day entries as well as the full three-day entry. Entrance fees are 150,000 vatu for a full 3-day entry, 100,000 vatu for a 2-day entry and 50,000 vatu for a single-day entry. The tournament is held over a 7 day period which allows team entered to choose their fishing days. The Marlin Classic is a tag and release tournament. Points are awarded based on line class of the tackle employed including: 130 lb, 80 lb, 50 lb, and 30 lb. Lighter line class captures receive significantly more points. There will also be prizes for the best Mahi Mahi, Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna caught during the tournament. Visit the Grand Hotel and Casino Vanuatu Marlin Classic website for further information. The Vanuatu Marlin Classic is also a qualifying event for the IGFA Offshore World Championship held from Cabo San Lucas in Mexico each year. The Vanuatu Marlin Classic is held from the 23rd – 29th May 2010. For availability on our vessels, just drop us an email and we can let you know what we have available!