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Inside SOTW Mag: Stacking The Deck In Buffalo

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For Steve McKie, who works as a sales manager for a manufacturing company, the highpoint of this year’s Buffalo Poker Run on Lake Erie in Western New York wasn’t its record-setting 116-boat fleet. It wasn’t that the run, which celebrated is 23rd anniversary this year, had attracted more big go-fast boat hardware—including Joe Sgro’s Outerlimits SV 43 that earned the “World’s Fastest V-bottom” title this spring—than ever before, or that Double-R Performance, its Canada-based title sponsor brought a quad-engine 50-foot Nor-Tech catamaran and signed up to sponsor next year’s run before the late-August weekend was finished. It wasn’t presenting a check for $8,000—more than double the amount raised in 2013—to Excalibur Leisure Services, the charity support by the event.

No, for the 42-year-old president of the Western New York Offshore Powerboat Association, the the highpoint of the 2014 Buffalo Poker Run was leaping into Lake Erie from his 37-foot Active Thunder V-bottom when the run was over and letting those waters wash away the stress that comes from being one of two primary organizers for the annual event.

To read the complete article, download the September/October 2014 issue of Speed On The Water Digital Magazine at no charge by clicking here. The story starts on page 48.

Photo courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Sharkey Images.

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