The Great Marlin Race, sponsored by Stanford University and International Game Fish Association, was described to the Captains and crews by Bob Kurz. To become part of The Great Marlin Race, teams competing in the tournament may sponsor a pop-up satellite archival tag. The tags are programmed to pop off after 120 days; they float to the surface, transmitting data to the lab via the Argos satellite system. The fish that has traveled the farthest is declared the winner – and the team that tagged it will receive free admission to the following year's tournament. The top three for 2011: Marlin Magic ll, Captain Marlin Parker, 2,188 nautical miles, Ihu Nui, Captain McGrew Rice, 1,782 nautical miles and Strong Persuader, Captain Guy Terwilliger, 1,053 nautical miles.