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Inside SOTW Mag: A Fitting Florida Powerboat Club Finale

With the 2020 and its accompanying large-group event shutdowns behind him, Florida Powerboat Club president Stu Jones expected—and needed—a major comeback for his signature Key West Poker Run. And that was exactly what the Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Jones and his crew got with 280 registered boats and close to 1,000 participants in the 29th annual event.

In its 29th year, the Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run reinforced its reputation as the go-fast boating world’s most iconic event. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

“We had a great mix this year of seasoned Key West Poker Run veterans and a strong contingent of ‘bucket-list’ newcomers who made this their first Florida Powerboat Club event,” he said. “Many of them told me it exceeded their expectations.”

All of those experiences, Jones explained, were made possible by the week’s forecast-defying weather. Despite intermittent rain during Thursday’s departure wave and morning showers in Key West on Friday and Saturday, conditions turned out better than what was predicted.

“Much of the predicated rain held off, temperatures remained warm and Saturday was—by far—the best day of the event,” he said. “That was much to the delight of Florida Powerboat Club members who headed to Woman Key for our raft-up off the island. With the light breezes nice temperatures, a lot of our members told me it was the best Florida Powerboat Club raft-up they’d ever seen in Key West.”

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