Among his Garden State buddies, Del Flores, a 46-year-old mechanical engineer who lives in Brick, N.J., and owns a Velocity 390 sportboat, tends to be the man with the plan. Loosely translated, that means his friends always look to him to organize weekend fun runs, lunch runs, raft-ups and so on during the boating season.
To create an exciting new organization in the Northeast, a spirited organizer combined a burning passion for his hobby with his talent for event planning. Photo courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Sharkey Images.
And as a former motorcycle event and stunt show organizer, Flores is more than happy to take on that role. Truth be told, he’s good at it, likely a lot better at it than his ever-grateful friends would be if cast in the same role.
But last weekend, Flores took his efforts to another level with his first organized Spartan Powerboat Club fun that attracted—as reported on speedonthewater.com— 35 boats.
When I spoke with Flores the day before the run, he said almost 30 people had expressed interest in the 20-mile Sunday jaunt from Barnegat Bay Marina to Joey Harrison’s River House restaurant for lunch before returning to its starting point. He also told me he’d be “really happy” with 15 performance boats in the fleet.