PERFORMANCE BOAT CLUB THROTTLES UP FOR THE NEW SEASON
With five events confirmed for the upcoming power season, Canadian-based Performance Boat Club Events Inc. is getting ready for a hot season in the heart of some of Ontario’s finest boating destinations.
If there’s any testament that 2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year, it’s the announcement of this year’s Poker Runs America and National Poker Run events that are taking place coast to coast. From Lake Havasu, AZ, to Kingston, ON, to Lake of the Ozarks, MO. all the top events are back this year ready to deliver non-stop entertainment and on-the-water action. Photo by Randy Nuzzo/www.powerboatphotos.com
OPA CHAMPIONSHIPS SET FOR ENGLEWOOD BEACH NOV. 18 - 22
Race fans can now enjoy a second blast of offshore action in Florida late 2015 as an APBA-sanctioned Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA) Championship will take place in Englewood Beach, FL. from November 18 to 22. The races will run in conjunction with the community’s Englewood Beach WaterFest, a newly formed event celebrating everything this shore side community has to offer boating and outdoor enthusiasts. Photography by Lucididee Fast Boats
Keith Holmes and Barry Glovick of the Cat-Can-Do Racing Team were the duo to beat in their 40’ Skater for 2014 OPA season after taking four consecutive wins as well as the national and world championship title in the Extreme Class. But a new year brings a new season and the team will be more than ready to hit the water for 2015.
Global Marine Power of Calverton, NY – the owner of Hustler and Checkmate Powerboats – will be ringing in the 2015 model year with new models featuring optimum power, speed and solid construction that will certainly turn heads at the upcoming Progressive Miami International Boat Show this February.
Super Boat International action continues for 2015 with a six-event schedule that kicks-off with its season opener in Cocoa Beach, FL, followed by stops in Marathon, FL., Michigan City, IN., and Pensacola before the National Championships in Clearwater and World Championships in Key West.
MERCURY MARINE CASTS ITS 2.5 MILLIONTH STAINLESS STEEL PROPELLER
Mercury Marine has hit another milestone during its 75th anniversary after reporting they have cast its 2,500,000TH stainless steel propeller at its manufacturing facility and company headquarters in Fond du Lac, WI.
MONSTER BASH POKER RUN A SUCCESS; DESERT STORM SET FOR APRIL 22-26, 2015
While dates have already been set been set for Jim Nichols’ popular Desert Storm Poker Run and Shootout April 22 - 26, 2015, Nichols and his team at Lakeracer LLC, closed its poker run season with the 7th Annual Monster Bash Poker Run in Havasu City, AZ, that attracted approximately 83 boats and more than 250 participants.
Jeff Johnston, the former vice-president/director sales and marketing for Hering Propellers has recently departed for El Cajon, California, to take on his new role at Dave’s Custom Boats (DCB). This is an excellent opportunity for Jeff as he is moving from one of the top propeller manufacturers to one of the premier custom boat builders on the West Coast.
Be sure not to miss the latest edition of Poker Runs America. In this issue, we highlight and profile industry veteran Bill Tweedie of Florida-based Myco Trailers. After more than two decades of towing the best of the best in offshore, Tweedie and the team at Myco have been pushing the envelope in trailer design and engineering to meet the needs of performance boating’s finest.
The U.S. Marine’s “Toys for Tots” charity drive will be hitting the water December 5–6 in Palatka, FL. for The Annual Boating Toys for Tots Tour. In its 14th year, poker runners brave the cooler Central Florida temperatures and run with fellow boaters to provide something special for children less fortunate during the holiday season.
Due to long-term renovations at the Miami Beach Convention Center slated to begin in 2016, representatives from The Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show confirmed they have committed to hosting the world’s largest boat show at Miami Marine Stadium for 2016 and 2017, while exploring the show’s long-term home, according to recent release from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).
When throttleman Scott Begovich of Team Miss Geico uttered the words “We have the best boat on the planet” after clinching the Superboat Unlimited Class World Championship title in 2013, the veteran racer meant every word of it. The team – with driver Marc Granet – successfully defended its coveted world championship title in its class yesterday afternoon during the...
For race fans already taking in all the festivities at the 2014 SBI Key West World Championships in Key West, FL., the real action has yet to begin as the first set of races commence tomorrow in all classes beginning at 10 a.m. at the Truman Waterfront.
From Donzi Marine and Formula to Concept Boats and Deep Impact, select performance boat manufacturers made a strong presence at this year’s 55th Annual Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, displaying the latest offerings for the 2015 model year.
In its second year, Cigarette Racing, the company that’s always been considered synonymous with offshore boating, will be hosting its annual Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Open House at its facility in Opa-Locka, FL, offering tours of the factory and its design studio. The open house will be held over the duration of the upcoming Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, which begins...
The end of November will be an exciting time for go-fast boat enthusiast Mark Wilson. That’s when the California-resident will be delivered his new SV29 Outerlimits, one of the company’s stylish models that target the smaller performance boat market.
With a triple win for Fountain Powerboats following the SBI National Championships at the 6th Annual Clearwater Super Boat National Championship, it‘s a sure bet these teams will be back in full force for the 34th Annual Key West World Championship next month.
After achieving a third place overall standing in the SBI National Championship for the Superboat Stock Class, throttleman Ryan Beckley and driver Tanner Lewis of Team DoublEdge Motorsports are gearing up to run hard and fast for the 2014 SBI Key West World Championships November 2-9.
With strong efforts of targeting the U.S. marine marketplace, Italy-based Revolver Boats clearly has to something to offer with its impressive line of sleek and stylish series of models. Its latest effort is the 44GT that’s based on a concept that “transfers the qualities of a grand touring car to the sea.”
Come November the who’s who of the offshore will congregate to the waters off the southernmost island in the continental United States for Super Boat International’s Key West World Championship Nov. 2-9.
Mercury Marine recently announced they have produced its 75,000th Verado L6 outboard engine. The company first launched the outboard amidst the four-stroke outboard R&D frenzy in the mid-2000s. To date, the line has evolved into one of the most popular outboard series across the recreational boating spectrum.
Sunsation closes out the 2014 model year by offering a new sales incentive not seen in quite sometime in the performance boating sector. According to the Michigan-based builder, consumers who purchase and finance a new 2014 32 Sunsation performance boat before October 31, 2014, will have the monthly payments covered by Sunsation until spring 2015.
Following the devastating passing of industry icon, Mike Fiore – owner and founder of Outerlimits Powerboats – a special celebration to honor Mike’s life is scheduled for September 20 at the Wedgewood Banquet Center in Frenso, CA, followed by a Mike Fiore Tribute Fun Run hosted by the Performance Boat Center in Osage Beach, MO in the Lake of the...
Poker Runs America wishes to extend its heart felt condolences to the Fiore family following the passing of Mike Fiore, President/CEO and founder of Outerlimits Powerboats, due to injuries sustained after a boat accident at the annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout this past weekend. He was 44.
Sporadic sunshine and cloudy skies didn’t hinder the power and performance that shook North East, MD at the 12th annual Rock the Bay Poker Run, hosted at Anchor Marine and the popular Nauti Goose Saloon this past weekend.
The 12th annual Rock the Bay Poker Run is well underway as a fleet of poker runners with their arsenal in tow began pulling into the hosting facility of Anchor Marine this morning in preparation for Saturday’s famed poker run event.
Long-time performance boating enthusiast Johnny O’Loughlin seems to have finally cured the ol’ boater’s curse of two-foot-itis. And, after speaking with him about his series of previously-owned performance boats, it’s apparent that he has had a great time doing it.
The much anticipated 2014 1000 Islands Poker Run – one of the most celebrated runs of the year – came to a successful close “under the stars” Saturday night in Kingston, ON, Canada, following a day of thrilling performance and a challenging day on the water. TO TOP IT ALL OFF, we hosted a steak and lobster dinner in Kingston’s...
The 2014 Poker Runs America 1000 Islands Poker Run is guaranteed to thrill this year with an exciting course throughout the scenic 1000 Islands, fabulous prizes, plus excellent nightlife and entertainment all weekend!
The poker run starts at 10:00 a.m. with Gentleman Start Your Engines and is followed by the playing of card 2 in Brockville and the annual RibFest in...
This past weekend's Bay of Quinte Poker Run in Belleville, ON, CA, July 25-26, clearly demonstrated that speed – and length – has no bearing on winning poker run events as Cheryl and Joe Parker played the top card hand running an 18-foot Chris Craft powered by a 220 hp Mercury Marine engine.
During a recent conversation with Joe Schaldenbrand of Sunsation Powerboats, Poker Runs America has learned that the Michigan-based company is in the early planning stages of designing a new 32' Center Cabin X-Treme (CCX), scheduled for launch in the spring of 2015. The model follows the popular introductions of the 34 CCX and 29 CCX, available in various designs and...
Falls River, MA, a region rich with history that’s known for offering some of the finest cruising on the East Coast, sets the stage for the annual Borden Light Marina Poker Run August 8-9. According to event organizer Mike Lund, “the event is all about having fun and enjoying performance boating on Narragansett Bay.”
More than 35 performance boats ran the scenic Ottawa River over the weekend of July 4-6 in pursuit of the perfect card hand during the annual Poker Runs America Ottawa River Festival and Rendezvous. In the end, however, luck was on Jean-Luc Sigouin’s side as he drew a perfect straight to claim the top honors of the event.
Once again, the Texas Gulf Coast is getting ready to feel the rush of adrenalin, hear the roar of thunderous horsepower and experience the most unique and artful display of performance boats at the 7th Annual Texas Outlaw Challenge, scheduled June 19-22.
Once again, Poker Runs America returns to the scenic community of Alexandria Bay, NY for one of our most exciting and enjoyable poker run events, June 13-14. Enjoy the crystal clear waters of The St. Lawrence River, run with some of the top hardware on the circuit and take in all the entertainment and dining in this scenic resort community.
As Poker Runs America’s 2014 Can Am 1000 Islands Poker Run is set for August 8 -10, we couldn’t help but raise the excitement level a little higher by providing footage of the 2013 event, highlighting several players and their exotic hardware. With special guests Mike Fiore and Reggie Fountain - where part of his biography “King of Offshore” was...
If there’s any testament that Gary Smith is no stranger to performance boating it’s the fact that he regained his title of King of The Desert at the annual Lake Havasu Shootout and Poker Run earlier this month.
Brian Forehand has made headlines again - this time for setting a lone world speed record of 100.8 mph aboard the Snowy Mountain Brewery V-bottomed 29’ Outerlimits powered by a race-legal 525 hp Mercury Racing engine with Herring props. The record was set last week on the Pamlico River in Washington, NC, during the Atlantic Coast Powerboat Association’s APBA-sanction Kilo...
Poker Runs America has ramped up its Poker Run Tour for 2014 with The Rock the Bay Poker Run, which was acquired earlier this year from long-time event producer, Jeff Jennings, and scheduled for August 22-23.
BREAKING NEWS April 29, 2014: After hitting a record-setting speed of 172.876 mph in the V-Bottom Class earlier this week, Brian Forehand and Joe Sgro topped the speed with an astonishing 180.470 mph! The top speed was set during a second day’s attempt at an APBA-sanctioned Kilo event conducted by the Atlantic Coast Powerboat Association.
BREAKING NEWS April 28, 2014: Brian Forehand was on board as the Outerlimits 43SV broke the speed record for V-bottom at 172.876 mph at Pamlico River, Washington, NC.
Event co-ordinators and PRA regulars Mark & Nancy Tuck were on site to witness the accomplishment along with Mercury and Outerlimits staff.
Congratulations to all from Poker Runs America and Powerboating Canada!
Following the announcement of Ilmor Engineering Inc. acquiring the assets of Michigan-based Phil Harper Motorsports (PHM) and its sister company Scorpion Racing Engines last month, the company says “its business as usual” and are moving forward with the existing customers in select offshore and car racing arenas.
Long-time poker runners and performance enthusiasts, David and Carlotta Gronke took the top spot at our Sarasota Season Opener Poker Run over the weekend. Winning with a stylish Baja and Three Jacks, the couple from Des Plaines, IL. took home a series of prizes from the event. In second was Rusty and Kelly Luce winning aboard their 39’ Velocity, while in...
Following the Friday night welcome reception on the Hyatt Regency’s poolside patio, poker runners blasted their way through the 140-mile course Saturday, which lead to a series of Gulf Coast hot spots and a handful of cards that will determine poker run supremacy for one lucky player.
Performance enthusiasts are already getting set for what will be the kick-off event for the 2014 Poker Runs America tour. Excellent accommodations and all the conveniences a performance boater could want await at the luxurious grounds of the Hyatt Regency Sarasota hotel as the season begins in true Poker Runs America-style!
With a roller coaster of incredible speeds in the past two years at the LOTO Shoot Out, hitting 148 mph in 2012 and 144 mph at last year’s event (both with Louie Marchese), performance enthusiast Buck Stracener is now at the top of his game after he ran 151.5 mph in his 28 Nordic SS last month.