Gallery Of The Week: Mentor Poker Run Rocks Cleveland

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A little rain wasn’t enough to shut down the first Mentor Poker Run last weekend. Photos courtesy/copyright Jeff Helmkamp/Helmkamp Photos.

Elite Poker Runs LLC’s Anthony Scioli had hoped for the 30 boats in his inaugural Mentor Poker Run on Lake Erie in Ohio last weekend, but ended up with 21. He’d hoped for great weather, but ended up with a two-hour rain delay for Saturday’s lunch run to Nuevo Modern Mexican and Tequila Bar Restaurant behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. He’d hoped to have a helicopter for photographer Jeff Helmkamp to shoot from, but that, too, wasn’t in the card thanks to impending thunderstorms.

And the show went on.

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Slideshow Of The Week: Roll Over Down Under

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A frequent contributor to speedonthewater.com, Conn Saloumidis and his daughter, Tae, were competing in the first race of the 2017 Australia Offshore Superboat Championship series in Queensland, Australia, when things got a little wonky and they rolled their outboard engine-powered SUV SIMRAD canopied catamaran

“We had completed nine of 11 laps and were rounding the northernmost turn buoy for a port turn,” said the senior Saloumidis. “The boat caught a wave on the port bow, dug in and took us over. We landed on the roof.”

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Slideshow of the Week: Boden’s Birds-Eye Perspective of the 1000 Islands Charity Poker Run

For a first-year event, there’s no doubt the volunteer team behind the 1000 Islands Charity Poker Run in Clayton, N.Y., did a tremendous job. Were there speed bumps along the way? Of course, but there always are when it comes to producing an event with 70 boats in attendance, especially in a small town that’s not used to hosting a performance boat showcase like the event turned into.

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Jeff Morgan ran Captain Morgan 2.0 in the inaugural 1000 Islands Charity Poker Run. All photos by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

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Image of the Week: Full House Soars to Victory in Boyne Thunder

For Northern Michigan’s Pete Oppermann, his third time participating in the annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run, which happened last Saturday, in his 37-foot Outerlimits V-bottom definitely proved to be a charm. Not only did Speedonthewater.com chief photographer Pete Boden capture Oppermann, who was joined in the cockpit by his wife, Kelly, son, Spencer, and friends Steve and Emily Gagnon, Ron Doe and Seth-Doe Nymphie, taking flight in his his 37-footer, the well-known local optometrist earned $3,000 for having the best poker hand—a full house.

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Welcome to Air Oppermann, the home of the full-house crew that came out of last weekend's Boyne Thunder Poker Run with the winning hand (click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

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Image of the Week: Happy Independence Day!

Besides wishing everyone on (or off) the water today a happy and safe Fourth of July, the team at speedonthewater.com figured it would be appropriate to share one of the many performance boats—primarily Fountain Powerboats models—that we see at various events featuring stars and stripes-themed graphics.

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Whether it's the Fourth of July or not, Trent Puryear loves to show off his national pride. Photo by Jacob Davis/Lake Life Photos

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