International Billfish Tournament Sending Donations to British Virgin Islands

Puerto Rico's popular offshore fishing tournament is still on for Sept. 25 despite Hurricane Irma hitting Caribbean and Atlantic islands

Hurricane Irma recovery donations British Virgin Islands
Luis Cordova, left, and Salvador Egea, Jr. prepare to deliver food and supplies to citizens of the British Virgin Islands affected by Hurricane Irma.Courtesy International Billfish Tournament

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the International Billfish Tournament of Club Náutico de San Juan in Puerto Rico announced it is sending supplies and food to the nearby British Virgin Islands.

Salvador Egea Jr., tournament chairman, said via press release that he and the organizing committee have received bottled water, canned food, clothes, construction materials, plywood, doors, frames, ropes and more to help in the recovery efforts on the small island, which was impacted by the once-category 5 storm.

Puerto Rico dodged major damage and the 64th edition of the International Billfish Tournament remains scheduled for Sept. 25 through Oct. 1. Club Náutico de San Juan has two new berths for mega yachts, bringing the number of mega slips to seven.

“We are working full blast to offer the best fishing battlewagons to more than 40 international anglers who have already registered in our flagship event," said Egea.

For more information on the hurricane relief efforts or the tournament, email Egea at chairman@sanjuaninternational.com or visit the tournament website.