Boat Week in Destin could be just too much fun and with so much going on. We had a pretty solid plan for theEmerald Coast Poker Run this year. I was going up to Throttle the 50 Outerlimits “Golddigger” with boat owner David Landsman and his entourage from Showcase Motorsports Poker Run Team on my flight were Larry Goldman of Xtreme Powerboats, who was Throttling a new 48 MTI with Mercury Racing 1650 QC4v’s and Randy Sweers running Denis Rias 48 MTI with Mercury Racing 1350 QC4v.
The plan seemed good but I did get off to a bad start leaving Miami. However, I did get to Destin on time and the Friday fun run/ lunch run onboard Digger was great.
This years Poker Run brought in about 160 boats registered in the Poker Run but there must have been over 400 boats during this incredible week on the water. Many people arrange boat week for their family vacation and just come to the Emerald Coast to hang out. Beautiful water, and just plain fun.
The Emerald Coast Foundation received at least $150,00.00 for their charities and giving was the thing to do by this group of boaters who see to do the same thing over and over. Immediately upon walking into the evening event well know poker runner and incredibly generous Kenny Armstrong bought all the t-shirts and apparel on the table. Then he quickly gave it all away, the quickest 5K ever spent on event T-shirts I am sure.
Also in town supporting a fleet of boats was Jason Ventura and his team from BrandX Hi Performance Marine, When one his customers boats lost a transmission I was still flying into town and when I landed I found out my wife had met up with Mark Berman of BAM marine was was driving up to deliverer a brand new BAM transmission that was loaded up in the trunk of her BMW. How far will PBN go to help out a boater as far as we have too.