In what on the surface seems like an unusual move, the New Jersey Performance Powerboat Club will be a feature sponsor at the Florida Powerboat Club’s annual Miami Boat Show Party and Miami Boat Show Poker Run in February. The sponsorship comes courtesy of NJPPC member Bob Christie, the former owner of Typhoon Marine and Typhoon Service Center in Toms River, N.J.
“The reason I’m a sponsor is I firmly believe this is one of the best poker runs I attend every year,” said Christie. “Even though I no longer own a business in the marine industry, I plan to continue to support the event every year.”
For Florida Powerboat Club founder and owner Stu Jones, NJPPC sponsorship of two of his club’s signature events makes perfect sense.
“We like their club, and they like ours, so why not?” said Jones. “The last time I was at an NJPPC event in 2009, Dave Patanaude (NJPPC president) asked me to speak at the banquet. “I said that as I looked around the room I felt like I was with family, because so many of their members also are members of our club.
“If there is such a thing as a ‘sister club’ in another state, the NJPPC would meet all the criteria for that description,” added Jones.