The 2019 edition of the Rock the Bay Poker Run is coming to northeast Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay area next weekend, Aug. 2-3. Now in its 17th year, the event has been scheduled a few weeks earlier than usual, and is being operated by the same team for seven years running. The brother/sister duo of Todd and Melanie Taylor of Poker Runs America have been working feverishly to make sure that this year’s Rock the Bay is the most memorable so far.
The fun begins on Friday evening at the welcome party, where the famous Nauti Goose Saloon and Anchor Boat Marina will be playing host; participating boats will all be docked right at the marina. Saturday’s poker run will kick off with a mandatory driver’s meeting before participants head off to five different locations to pick up their cards (and envelopes must remain sealed until the awards presentation).
The first card stop will be the Nauti Goose; Stop #2 will be Tolchester Beach, followed by a card stop and lunch at Joppatowne Marina on the Gunpowder River (the second consecutive year Rock the Bay has scheduled lunch there). Stop #4 is planned for Lee’s Landing in Port Deposit on the Susquehanna River, and then it’s back to the Nauti Goose for the last card and card hand unveiling. The awards dinner will feature great food, the crowning of the poker champion, and live music.
“The Nauti Goose is a great venue, and the hotel is close by,” says Melanie Taylor. “A shuttle will take everybody back and forth. There’s ample parking. Every couple of years, we alter the route just to give everybody a new flavor.”
Rock the Bay usually draws between 50 and 60 boats each year. The route will extend about 100 miles. Entry fee costs $495 for a boat with driver and navigator; the fee includes the Friday night welcome party, Saturday breakfast buffet, lunch, awards dinner banquet and an official event T-shirt.
Attendees can look forward to cash prizes for first, second and third place winners, and awards for Best Graphics, Best-Dressed Crew and Best Engine Compartment.
For more information and to register, please call Melanie Taylor at (800) 354-9145 ext. 252.