Quick Notes From The Erie Poker Run: Playing Rough And Having Fun

Despite that a large section of clear acrylic windscreen flew over my head a few hours ago thanks to the final cresting wave in a trio of five-footers, I’m not ready to say that Lake Erie—the scene of today’s third annual Erie Poker Run in Pennsylvania—has the worst water on the planet. That would be silly.

First, I haven’t boated in the North or Bering Seas. So any superlatives based on this afternoon’s nasty-water experience in an Outerlimits SL 44 owned by Dave and Karen Tindale of Ontario, Canada, would be at best uninformed. Second, when it comes to any body of water that can sink ships, discussions on which delivers the worst conditions for boats—even 44-foot-long V-bottom performance boats—is moot. Or pointless. Or both.

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Before—Mark Tindale’s Outerlimits SL 44 in flight at today’s Erie Poker Run (click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

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WMO-Hosted Muskegon Powerboat Weekend Another Success

Michigan’s annual Muskegon Powerboat Weekend, put on by West Michigan Offshore, lit up the streets and the waterways with another successful event last weekend. The weekend actually kicked off Friday night with the “Thunderboat Row Street Party” on the streets of downtown Muskegon.

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High-performance cats such as the American Ethanol/Cat Can Do Skater and MAX, a 46-foot Outerlimits cat, joined a variety of sportboats for the Muskegon Powerboat Weekend. All photos courtesy West Michigan Offshore members

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California Dreaming

Forget the mythology about nothing great in performance-boating ever happening off Southern California’s western shore. True, Golden State go-fast boat enthusiasts lack the abundance of organized go-fast boating opportunities afforded to their Midwest and East Coast counterparts, but great options—from Long Beach Harbor to San Diego Bay—do arise now and then.

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Catalina crossing first-timer Christopher Hills, who owns this 32-foot Spectre catamaran captured off the Avalon Casino, and company enjoyed the island so much that they stayed the night. Photos courtesy/copyright by Erick Bryner/Firedrill Productions.

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Cigarette Rendezvous Bests Own Attendance Record

For the third year in a row, Performance Boat Center hosted the annual Cigarette Owners Rendezvous on the Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri. And for the third year in a row, the event attracted the most Cigarette Racing Team sportboats and performance center consoles in one place at the same time—for a total count of 78 boats—at last weekend’s gathering.

Last year’s Cigarette Owners Rendezvous drew 66 boats.

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Cigarette owners with new and vintage models flocked to the third-annual rendezvous hosted by Performance Boat Center. Photos courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

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Performance Boat Club Of Canada Raises $20,000 For Charity In Season Opener

Despite a forecast for sketchy weather that never really materialized, the Performance Boat Club of Canada kicked off its five-event 2017 season last Saturday with a charity poker run in Muskoka, Ontario. Sponsored by Birchpoint Marina and All Ontario Recycling, the run attracted 25 boats to Lake Muskoka and raised $20,000 for Camp Oochigeas, a summer camp for children with cancer.

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The 2017 Performance Boat Club of Canada Season is off to a great start thanks to the Muskoka Poker Run. Photos courtesy/copyright Carl McBride/Speedonthwater.com.

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