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(MBF)The Monica Burguera Foundation was created in memory of Monica Burguera, a 20-year-old Florida International University student who died in a tragic boating accident during the 2006 Columbus Day Regatta weekend festivities in Miami, Florida. The accident took the lives of Mónica and James Noel Pou and left many others seriously injured. After this fatal accident, Mónica’s family and close friends realized the importance of boat safety education.

Due to the lack of awareness, they started working towards building consciousness of the dangers that exist while boating. Since the boat accident, some of the survivors, together with friends and relatives, have returned to the regatta site, but with a different purpose; to promote safety. Mr. and Mrs. Burguera decided to register the non-profit organization in theirs daughters name, the Mónica Burguera Foundation.

MBF, in conjunction with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, offers FREE boating safety classes as a public service for the local community. Since September 2010, more than 2,000 students have successfully completed the program and been awarded the USCG Auxiliary Certificate of Accomplishment and a Florida Boating Safety Identification card, which is required to operate a boat for people born on or after January 1, 1988.

The MBF is committed to saving lives and making our waters safer for all by promoting watercraft safety and boater education. Through a combination of community education, outreach and events, MBF works to create boating safety awareness as well as to prevent boating accidents.

We would like to invite you to join us in spreading the word about safer boating. Safer Boating, It starts with you.

6th Annual Fishing and Spearfishing for Boating Safety Tournament


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To the 6th Annual


Fishing and Spearfishing for Boating Safety Tournament

Where:       Key Biscayne Yacht Club


  • Captains’ meeting, Thursday August 6, 2015 at the Key Biscayne Yacht Club
  • 6th Annual Fishing for Boating Safety, Saturday August 8, 2015 at the Key Biscayne Yacht Club


What each boat will receive:

  • VIP Pre Party  – July 18 at Gincho Productions (922 NE 78 ST, Miami, FL 33138)
  • Boat goodie bucket – 1 per boat
  • MBF wristband for each 4 participants registered
  • Tournament t-shirt for each 4 participants registered
  • Free boating safety class for each participants registered
  • Captain’s Reception for 4 participants registered
  • Post Tournament Food/Beverages/Cocktail Party for 4 participants registered
  • Invitation to award ceremony

Note: wrist bands must be worn by anglers the day of tournament to receive complimentary beverages and food at designated spot by weigh-in

If you would like to buy attritional write bands for family and friends, please contact Mari Novo

$35.00 for adults (13 and older) and $25.00 for kids

Tournament 101

Event Itinerary:

  • Captains’ meeting, Thursday August 6, 2015 at KBYC

6:00pm – 8:00pm, Rules & Registration

  • 6th Annual Fishing for Boating Safety, Saturday August 8, 2015

Tournament at KBYC

  • 7:00 – 7:30 AM – All participants must check in at KBYC
  • Tournament will begin immediately after invocation
  • All coolers must be turned in by 4:00 pm at KBYC
  • 4:30 PM – Weigh in starts at 4:30 pm
  • 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM Family Invites – Must buy wristband
  • 4:00 PM Food/Libation  Served – Must be a participating Angler or purchase wristband
  • Awards ceremony, soon after weigh in


You wristband includes tournament food/beverages. Please note you will not be able to purchase food at KBYC but there will be a cash bar if you would like to purchase other beverages not included in MBF tournament.

Tell your family and friends to come

To enjoy the day from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm enjoy:

*Watching tournament fun:

-Anglers and boats coming in

-Hear fishing stories

-Weigh in

-Commentary by Tournament Director Eddie Leon and Joe L Fernandez


*Learning about:

– Boating Safety with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary & Monica Burguera Foundation

–  Fisheries Research Laboratory Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center

About Key Biscayne Yacht Club

Key Biscayne Yacht Club
180 Harbor Drive – Key Biscayne, FL 33149 – Phone: (305) 361-9171 – Fax: (305) 361-9209
Latitude 25 degrees  42 minutes  North – Longitude 080 degrees  10 minutes  West



No parking will be available at the KBYC for Captain Meeting or Tournament.

Please park at Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church next door to KBYC and walk over. At KBYC Gatehouse please let guard know that you are attending MBF 5th Annual Fishing for Boating Safety Tournament.

This applies to Anglers and Guest

Pool/Play ground use:

We will have a life guard on duty but please do not leave children un-attended in pool, play ground and on KBYC grounds.

We ask your cooperation and observance of Key Biscayne Yacht Club rules.

 About KBYC

Stories about the beginning of the Key Biscayne Yacht Club are as varied as the fond memories of the original members. They all recall a spirit of friendship and agree that a hoist to be used by avid fishermen started the series of events that became today’s multi-million dollar yacht club. Charles B. “Buddy” Austin, our first Commodore, who built the first hoist, recalls, “As home construction increased on the island, there came to be only one bare coastal area where we could launch our boats, and that was in the Harbor Drive Matheson Lane area. The location of the Yacht Club was choice and the sunsets unbeatable. An article in the local paper urged an effort to establish a club, and boy-oh-boy, did the five dollar bills start rolling in!” Before the first little bar-and-lounge structure was built, now the site of the Commodore’s Room, there were legendary waterfront chowder parties, and on January 16, 1955 the Club was officially established. For over 50 years, KBYC has been the location for fishing tournaments, international sailing events, regattas, and fun-filled social events for all members of the family.

The Marina is managed by our Dock master and his assistant(s), who are happy to serve you with information.

We ask your cooperation and observance of Key Biscayne Yacht Club rules.

Visitors may not enter any slip or tie up anywhere in the marina without first obtaining permission from the Dock master. All visiting yachts must fly their burgee. Charges for the use of the Club Dock are set forth in the Club Dock Rules.

Special thanks to all the staff and members at KBYC!
Clean Marina
Key Biscayne Yacht Club was awarded the coveted “State of Florida Clean Marina Designation”.

clean marina

Cleaning Fish

There is a fish cleaning table by the dock near the launch ramp. We ask that if you use, please clean after you are done.


Please help us: Researchers/students from the Fisheries Research Laboratory of Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center will be collecting/researching during our tournament on the following fish: blackfin tuna, little tunny, and barracuda.  So you know, they will set up near the weigh station, so that after anglers weigh their catch, they can gut the fish and collect our samples, and then they will give back the fish to the anglers. They are currently working on two research projects with these samples, but they also collect and archive samples for future research. One project is stomach content analysis on the barracuda to determine their position in the food web. Another project is using the gonads from blackfin and little tunny to determine their spawning periods, and size at maturity.


Overnight docking:

If you would like to dock overnight please contact Mari Novo ASAP. Due to limited transient space, advance reservations are required. Space is very limited and there is a fee from KBYC that will need to be paid by boat directly to KBYC once arranged.

Docking during the fishing tournament:

Please note that KBYC is a private club and Due to limited transient space, please follow KBYC Staff guidance and information. Please do not park in an empty slip. There will be KBYC staff on site directing tournament participants. Please note that because of the limited space you might be ties up with other boats.

Land Arrival
In Miami, exit I-95 at Exit #1 (26th Road), Rickenbacker Causeway. Head east and follow Causeway to Key Biscayne; turn right at Harbor Drive at Shell station. Club is about 1 mile down on the right.









Sea Arrival
Key Biscayne Yacht Club is located on the west side of Key Biscayne, east of Statute Mile 1095 on chart #11465. Approach from south; 065 degrees from unnumbered marker just north of marker #26. Give marker a wide berth, watch for shoaling. From north: avoid flats around West Point, stay south of markers #2 and #3.

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Special note – the markers on Biscayne Channel have been changed.

Tournament Rules


U.S.A waters


  • Angler
  • Spearfishing
  • Scuba


  • Team
  • Professional
  • Junior (18 years or less)
  • Men and Woman (19 to 59 years old)
  • Senior (60 to 75 years old)
  • Fossil (76 to 120 years old)

 Qualifying Fish and Fish Entry

  • Grouper: Black, Gags, Red, Yellowfin
  • Snapper: Mangroves, Mutton, Cubera, Dog, Yellowtail, Schoolmaster
  • Pelegic: Cobia, Mackarel (Spanish, King, Creo) Wahoo, Dolphin, Tuna (Special permit required for Tuna)
  • Others: Hogfish (minimum 14” @ Fork) Barracuda 1 per person, Jacks
  • All Fish Entry: 3 fish per species or 1 per species depending on the state law
  • Each competitor must have their fish segregated and present
  • No more than 10 fish each, 10 points per pound
  • Placing based on weigh and ties will be given to participants with most species.


Individual Placing

-Placing based on weight and ties will be given to the participants with the most species

-Participants will earn 10 points per pound

-Team placement based on average team weight

Remember- We use honor system

To learn more about sponsoring the event, see this PDF: Sponsorship Packages & Information
Donate to the Raffle
To learn more about how to donate towards the raffle in the event, see this PDF: Raffle Information
Family Fun Day

Family and friends come and enjoy the day with us at the MBF 6th Annual Fishing and Spearfishing for Boating Safety Tournament

2:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

$35.00 Adults and $25.00 Kids (13 and under)

Includes food and complementary beer and wine

Watching tournament fun:

-Anglers and boats coming in

-Hear fishing stories

-Weigh in

-Commentary by Tournament Director Eddie Leon and Joe L Fernandez


-Support Boating Safety

Learning about:

– Boating Safety with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary & Monica Burguera Foundation

–  Fisheries Research Laboratory Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center


-Friends and families will not be able to purchase any food/beverages during the day. Food and beverages will start to be served at 4pm.

-Friends and families can use pool and playground from 2-8 pm.

-Please do not leave children un-attended in pool, play ground and on KBYC grounds.

-We ask your cooperation and observance of Key Biscayne Yacht Club rules.

Contact Mari Novo at mm@monicaburguerafoundation.org to register and purchase wrist band

How to sign up
To sign up for the tournament, please fill out the entry form on the following word document and email it to MM@MonicaBurgueraFoundation.org after submitting your payment through our preferred method, Paypal.

Registration for per boat is $500, extra participant on boat $50.00

Individuals that don’t want to fish or spearfish but want to support and attend $35.00 for adults and $25.00 for kids

Please enter your tournament fee in paypal and include your order confirmation number when you Email the application document.

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Download the form here –> MBF 6th Annual Fishing Tournament 2015 Entry Form

Cycle Across America


On April 19, 2015 Daniella and Andy Estrella of Key Biscayne, Florida, embarked on the journey of lifetime. The brave brother and sister duo will cycle unassisted from Miami to Seattle over the next two months.

“Our journey will no doubt be full of adventure. We have set up a website WhenTheSunRises.com to document all the good, the bad, and the in-between that happens on our bike tour. We encourage our followers to donate to The Monica Burguera Foundation, a cause very dear to our hearts.” says Andy Estrella

“Many people turn a blind eye when it comes to boating safety. They think the water is safe and nothing will ever happen to them. After Monica’s tragic accident in 2006, MBF was created and now offers free boating safety classes for everyone who registers through their website. This is why we love and support the cause…they are making a difference out on the water!” says Daniella Estrella

All donations they receive will go to the Monica Burguera Boating Safety Foundation.

“Cycling, golfing and boating are some of South Floridians favorite pastimes. Everyone at MBF is very excited for Daniella and Andy and wish them a very safe journey across the U.S.A. They have always been supportive of the Monica Burguera Foundation and continue the Foundation’s goal—to make our local waterways safer through education. Now they will be able to spread the word cross country.” says Mari Novo, Director of Operations for Monica Burguera Foundation.

“We ask everyone to prioritize boating safety when on the water and financially by supporting the Monica Burguera Foundation. Our goal is to make Miami’s waterways safer through the free boater’s safety education classes, which we offer throughout the year” expressed Mari Novo, Director of Operations for Monica Burguera Foundation.”

For more information please call or email Mari Novo at mm@monicaburguerafoundation.org
Or visit www.mbfBoatingSafety.org  Also visit: www.whenthesunrises.com

Safety Class

Take A Safety Class


Once a month we offer a free “Florida Safety Boating Course” conducted in partnership with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. After completion of this one day course participants are awarded USCG Auxiliary Certificate and the Florida’s Boater’s ID. 





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If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for the Monica Burguera Foundation, please do not hesitate to reach out!

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3750 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33144

Phone:  305-398-4609

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