Imagine being able to invite your closest couple of hundred friends to a party at your house, and have them all come via their boats if so desired. If you’re Clear Lake, Texas, boater Kenny Armstrong you don’t have to imagine. In fact, Armstrong, a co-owner of DeHumidification Technologies, LP (DH Tech) in Houston, did just that a couple of weeks ago during the Texas Outlaw Challenge.
With more than 120 boats from across the country registered for the event, Armstrong opened up his docks, pool and new beach area to the participants of the event, which is sponsored by DH Tech. Friday afternoon’s Texas-sized pool party was billed as the “premier” stop of the poker run, which took place on Saturday and featured 12 different card stops along Galveston Bay and Clear Lake.
Accomplished offshore-racing photographer Jamie Russell captured the event once again this year, and yes, that is Phantom, Armstrong’s 48-foot Marine Technology Inc. catamaran, being craned from the water. You’ll notice the launch ramp below the boat—now there's something you don’t normally see at a private residence. Armstrong uses it to launch his other MTI, a 44-foot cat dubbed Hell Razor.
According to Paul Robinson, who started the event in 2008, the “stop” at the Armstrong residence is the icing on the cake to the still-growing Texas Outlaw Challenge. It’s sponsors like DH Tech and FastTrac that help make the event a success, but for someone to open their home to so many guests can only be described as Texas-like.
Overall, Robinson was pleased with the outcome of the poker run and Outlaw GPS Shootout, which was won by Bob Bull with a top speed of 162 mph in his 48-foot MTI.
“With 127 boats registered we were way up from the 85 we had last year,” Robinson said. “Next year I think we might be able to get to 150 boats. We raised a lot of money, went to a few new stops and had such a good time.”
Here are a few extra photos from the weekend (click to enlarge and read captions).