Because I’m doing some house hunting (and playing via a detour to AT&T Park with the family to watch our St. Louis Cardinals take on the San Francisco Giants) this coming weekend in the Bay Area, unfortunately I’m not making my way to Page, Ariz., for the eighth annual Lake Powell Challenge hosted by Antelope Pointe Marina like my friend Jimmy Biro and his wife, Laura, did today.
Of course I definitely wouldn’t have arrived in the same style as they did after catching a ride in George Argyros’ plane from Orange Country early this a.m. and heading straight to his 75-foot Bravada houseyacht, Equinox. They’ll be enjoying the poker run festivities, which begin tomorrow with registration in the afternoon and live music in the evening, in Mayhem, Argyros’ 44-foot MTI with twin Mercury Racing 1100 engines. They’ll also be admiring an amazing variety of boats from single- and twin-engine V-bottoms, wakeboard boats, pontoons, sport cats and more. (Look for Biro’s coverage from the event next week on speedonthewater.com.)
According to Brianne Norris of Antelope Pointe Marina, the Lake Powell Challenge team led by Burl Griswold is expecting as many as 80 boats to participate in Saturday’s poker run on the picturesque Colorado River-fed lake that borders Arizona and Utah. She said the team also hopes to donate at least $250,000 to JDRF, the charity that has received more than half a million dollars from the Lake Powell Challenge in the last seven years.