Wrap Up 2015

2015 was another banner year offshore with the “weather gods” on our side during the event. Many boats of all sizes were able to run south to the canyons where the water was warm and the fish were were plentiful. I want to thank you for everyone’s involvement in the tournament. All sponsors, donations, and support continue to show your dedication to the Big Game Battle and what we all enjoy “time on the water” and friendships that continue to develop each year.
Congratulations to all winners in the tournament!

“Trashy Thoughts” – Overall Winners

Division I  
1st – Trashy Thoughts
2nd – J’s at seas II
3rd – Brennan’s Grin

Division II
1st – Westlink
2nd – Lillylulu
3rd – Lucky 13

Kevin P. Glynn Award : Kevin Scannell
Jr Angler Award : Hugh McLaughlin Jr
Female Angler Award : Mel McLaughlin

Over Night Challenge : Julia G
Hard Luck Award : Finatic
Best Team Uniforms : Frate Train – Fin & Tonic

Team Challenge Award
1st  – Big Eye / Trashy Thoughts
2nd – J’s At Seas III / Fish & Chip
3rd – Happy Jack / Bad Martha

Oyster Harbors Boat Challenge
Lillylulu , J’s At Seas II, Trashy Thoughts, Castafari, Julia G, Westlink, Rumble, Lucky 13

Overall catch totals for the tournament are below
Blue Fins  – 1
Yellow fins—123
Blue Marlins— 5
White Marlins—31
Mahi— 286
Big Eyes—7
Albacore –7

Our charity efforts once again showed the Big Game Battle’s true colors and generosity to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. With the Team pledges, individual donations, team challenge, and silent auction and raffle, I am pleased to announce we raised $67,000.00. Everyone involved in the tournament should be proud of this amazing accomplishment and we hope the moneys raised will contribute to finding a cure for NMSS. Thank you in believing we can make a difference!
Brandon Kelly did an exceptional job leading our charity charge for MS with his touching video with his mother and support committee Steve Sookikian and Christine Flashner. Our hats off to everyone—congratulations!

Special Note from NMSS:

‘The Big Game Battle has a big heart! Thank you for your extremely generous donations to the National MS Society totaling $67,000. That’s an awesome accomplishment and a testament to the depth and strength of your relationships, personal and professional, and the true spirit of the Big Game Battle. Our deepest gratitude to the tournament committee and the others who helped organize the tournament, and to Brandon Kelly, for sharing his family’s story about the unpredictable challenges of living every day with multiple sclerosis. Partnering with the Big Game Battle has been an impressive experience from beginning to end for the National MS Society. Everyone who contributed on any level is to be congratulated.”
— Lori Espino, National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter President

Special Note from Brandon Kelly:

It’s been a few weeks since the most epic weekend of the year, but it’s never too late to say thanks. On behalf of my mother, my entire family and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society I want to thank you all for your amazing support for the event. We raised $67,000 for MS!!!!! I am humbled by all of your generosity and support for this cause. THANK YOU!!!!! The funds that we raised at the BGB will have a huge impact on MS research and supporting people with MS.
I also want to thank the entire Big Game Battle tournament committee team and Chrissy & Steve from the MS Soci-ety for putting in all the hard work to make the tournament yet another success.
Lastly, I want to thank the folks at McElroy Films for stepping up and making the video that we showed to you all at dinner with less than one week’s notice. Thanks Ben and your team for helping share our story with MS!
— Brandon Kelly

A special thanks to our friends at the Nantucket Boat Basin who did another fabulous job accommodating our needs.
Due to the Sail Race Week and the Big Game Battle events going on at the same time at the Boat Basin, we have scheduled next year’s event for August 11—14, 2016. The Wharf Cottages and Dreamland have been reserved for the Big Game Battle. Make sure you save the date and enter early because we will be sold out again.
Thank you again to all the sponsors, donors, and help from many to make this event what it is today.
Tournament Committee

2015 Wrap Up (pdf)

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