Back at home in Pompano Beach, Fla., Florida Powerboat Club head Stu Jones can finally exhale. With the exception of club members extending their stays in Key West, Fla., most of the owners of some 280 powerboats that made his outfit’s final event of the year had arrived back at their Miami-area starting points two days ago. No major incidents on the water were reported during the 29th annual run, which began last week with poker-runners departing from Haulover Mari…….
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Event Coverage: FPC Key West Poker Run Delivers With Mega Fleet, ‘Best Ever’ Saturday Raft-Up And More
Back at home in Pompano Beach, Fla., Florida Powerboat Club head Stu Jones can finally exhale. With the exception of club members extending their stays in Key West, Fla., most of the owners of some 280 powerboats that made his outfit’s final event of the year had arrived back at their Miami-area starting points two days ago. No major incidents on the water were reported during the 29th annual run, which began last week with poker-runners departing from Haulover Marine Center, TNT Custom Marine and Grove Harbour Marina.
With 280 entries, the Florida Powerboat Club didn’t lack for stunning hardware including a pair of well-known V-bottoms from Statement Marine. Photos by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Jones returned with several personal highlights from the event—all made possible by the week’s forecast-defying weather. Despite intermittent rain during Thursday’s departure wave and morning showers in Key West on Friday and Saturday, conditions turned out better than what was predicted.
“Much of the predicated rain held off, temperatures remained warm and Saturday was—by far—the best day of the event,” he said. “That was much to the delight of Florida Powerboat Club members who headed to Woman Key for our raft-up off the island. With the light breezes nice temperatures, a lot of our members told me it was the best Florida Powerboat Club raft-up they’d ever seen in Key West.”
A veteran of Florida Powerboat Club events, Vermont’s Brian Hoar—one of the organizers of the Lake Champlain Poker Run—tackled the event in his Statement 360 catamaran with his friends Jeremy Dewyea and Lynsey Palmer. The mostly good weather and water conditions for the week were not lost on him.
“For the last 50 miles, the run down was a little rough but the entire trip back to Miami was epic,” he said. “Saturday at Woman Key was amazing and there were so many amazing boats. It was an epic poker run.”
One of 52 MTI owners in last week’s Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run, New Jersey’s Michael Ciasulli filled his new MTI 390X catamaran with family and friends
Jones described the club’s Poker Run Village outside its traditional Conch Republic Seafood Company host venue as “possibly the best ever as every exhibitor and sponsor pulled out all the stops” to create an environment that attracted thousands of visitors during the weekend. Not surprisingly, Thursday night’s body painting exhibition proved to be a hit, as did the Friday night sponsor appreciation party in advance of the Saturday evening awards ceremony and dinner celebration.
“Cigarette Racing Team, our presenting sponsor, assembled perhaps one of the most magnificent displays in the history of the village, not just with a …….