Thursday, July 16, 2009

Poker Run Wrap Ups: Four Jammin' & Slammin' Weekends

The Summer Poker Run season is fully underway and we wanted to bring you a few pics from forum users who have posted them and give you a quick run down, in case you want to start planning for next year.

First off, the 2009 Lake Sacandaga Poker Run on June 27 was rated a great success by 46 participants who got to enjoy this beautiful body of water. Though sandwiched by a couple of storms, the weather generally held out; among some of the awesome boats on hand were the restored Drambuie racing cat (see below) and a loaded black Sunsation 32 with 600 sci's.

PHOTO CREDIT: Seriousoffshore.com member GLH.

The Motor City Fun Run on June 19 & 20 had good weather; set on the Detroit River, this run is always set up nicely for boats of all sizes, and was run out of Jack’s Waterfront Restaurant, after some last-minute snags with a local marina. Participants enjoyed a pre-run breakfast, lunch and a meet-up with the Old School Offshore Reunion back at Jack’s, and several other stops before they all headed back to Jacks Waterfront for an end-of-run party.

PHOTO CREDIT: Offshoreonly member: MattBMiller.

Each Year, "Jammin' on The James" puts on a great poker run party, and this year's run on the James River in VA on July 11 & 12 was no exception. The run, sponsored by Richmond Power Boat Association, was blessed with great weather, a great turnout of beautiful boats, excellent food and by all reports -- an awesome dock party! At one point, there were so many people on the floating dock (see below) they weren't sure it was going to remain floating! With 108 boats registered, this is one of the east coast's biggest runs - and with all that southern hospitality, one of the best.


PHOTO CREDITS: offshoreonly.com members drejustice (top) & Nascat (bottom).


The Annual Western New York Fun Run, held on June 12 & 14, was held on the Niagara River (see below). With great weather on hand for this event, Buffalo revealed itself to be a super powerboating destination. The course is very unique, with a number of twists and turns around Grand Island, interesting bridges and other sites to see.

PHOTO CREDIT: torquephotographic.com.

Even though the economy is down, people are still bringing their boats out to have a good time. Assuming things are a little better next, year, it might be a good idea to grab a calendar and start planning next year's itinerary pretty soon...the most popular events will be filling up fast, and you won't want to miss out.

1 comment:

BoatUpstate said...

Just found this website. Nice! I run a website for Upstate New York boating and we were in the copter at the Sacandaga run taking pictures and video. If anyone is interested in any more footage of that event, check out: http://www.boatupstate.com/sacrun.html we have about 300 pics and a 25 minute video. Can't wait for next year!

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