Two Vets Take Home Honors at Fishing Tournament - Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island

 

Two Vets Take Home Honors at Fishing Tournament

group of Visually Impaired Persons fishing off a charter boat

Barbara Henry (in the skirt) along with other VIP's fishing at the 6th annual Fishing Tournament for Visually Impaired Adults of RI

Thursday, July 18, 2013

On June 23, 2013, The RI Lions Sight Foundation (RILSF) hosted their 6th Annual VIP Fishing Tournament for Visually Impaired Persons (VIP’s) of Rhode Island on a chartered boat out of Galilee RI.

The tournament was a great success with great weather, great participants, great crew and the best overall catch since we started the tournament.

The Tournament is sponsored and organized by the RILSF and is supported through donations from RI Lions Clubs and individual donors.  The event included, breakfast, and a half-day of Fluke Fishing (8AM - Noon, including equipment and bait), followed by a lunch and an awards presentation at a local restaurant.  The event is free of charge to all VIP’s and their guides.

We had 66 participants including 16 Blind Veterans out of 39 VIPs plus our volunteers and crew on the “Lady Francis” of the Francis Fleet in Galilee.  The VIPs caught a total of 85 fish, including several keepers.  Two Veterans took home honors, 1st Place Steve Moffitt of Wyoming, RI and 3rd Place James Legare of North Kingston, RI.  Another Veteran, Joe Young of Harrisville, RI (92 years-old) came in 4th Place and the most unusual catch of the day was a 36” Torpedo Ray that the crew determined was too big and risky to bring onto the boat.  It was caught by Barbara Henry of Riverside, RI and is a VA Volunteer for the Visually Impaired Services Team at the Providence VA Medical Center.

group of men and women of the Visually Impaired Adults Fishing Tournament holding a banner

group of men and women of the Visually Impaired Adults Fishing Tournament holding a banner in Galilee, RI

Scoring is kept by measuring the length of all the fish caught (The Ray was an estimate by the deck-hands) and the winners are determined by the most total inches of fish caught.  The Total Catch was 1315” for an average of 15.5” per fish.

If they are able and sufficient funding is available, these VIPs’ and their guides will represent Rhode Island at the Lions National VIP Fishing Tournament being held October 21st - 23rd on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

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