The past three or maybe four years, the Emerald Coast Poker Run brought us good times, but along with them rain and difficult weather. Well, this year we stuck to the plan and our persistence paid off – this outing was perfect, with a full roster of registered boats, great weather, and lots of water to run. Team Powerboat Nation was at the helm of one of two big SKATERS loaded with 1550 Sterlings and we had a supreme time.
The boat count was almost the same as last year, but the addition of the local registrations for the Ruby Club provided lower cost entry fees which brought a bunch of new registrations and new faces.
Stu Jones of the Florida Powerboat Club presided over the captains, meetings and also coordinated all of the safety efforts which brought police and coast guard officials from all over the event area. The registered boat count was great and the “hang arounds” who didn’t register filled in a large gap.
The Emerald Coast Foundation raises large amounts of money to benefit and support children’s charities and youth organizations in Okaloosa County. The Emerald Coast Poker Run and Boat Week events have raised over 2 million dollars to date for its cause. The local charities also helped pitch in, with all organizers involved working tirelessly to bring us such an event. We hope all the boats that didn’t register saw what a great event it was, and will join next year in the fun for a good cause. Let the pictures speak for themselves and help convince you to put this poker run on your list.