Organizers Cancel 2020 Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament

Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament winner in 2019

Members of the Northside Sportfishing Club, organizers of the Annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament, regret to announce the cancellation of the 2020 event, originally scheduled for July 12. This is due to health and safety recommendations taken by the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Northside Sportfishing Club has been monitoring the news and local government updates closely regarding COVID-19 and how it is impacting the world and our territory. While we have been planning for the 32nd Tournament since January, we have held off on cancelling the event as we had still hoped to host a scaled back version. At this point, due to event permits and mass gatherings not permitted until mid to late July and due to concerns for everyone’s health and well-being, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament,” said Catherine Bryan, one of the organizers.

The Club is cognizant of the hardships this pandemic has, is and will continue to cause to our global and local communities. Therefore, it plans to continue both its long-standing scholarship program and community donations this year. High school seniors have been especially impacted by the pandemic, and the Club hopes scholarship awards can both celebrate the deserving students and provide them with financial aid.

Scholarship application information will be published on the Club’s Facebook page in early June.  The Annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament benefits the Joseph Sibilly Elementary School, St. Thomas Rescue, Civil Air Patrol and Nana Baby Children’s Home.

“If things should drastically improve by July (and we hope they do), we still hope to host something to benefit and celebrate our community. We will share updates via press releases and our Facebook page, so please stay tuned. Until then, we would like to thank our participants and sponsors for their longtime support. We hope that everyone stays safe during this uncertain time,” said Bryan.

For more information, call 998-0854. Or, check the sportfishing club out on Facebook @ Northside Sportfishing Club.