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Photo Essay: Powerboating For A Cure Poker Run

Speedonthewater.com contributor Jared Powell has been busy for the past two weekends. From covering the Texas Outlaw Challenge June 20-22 in the Greater Houston area, Powell bounced to Virginia last weekend to cover Powerboating For A Cure Poker Run. His feature stories on both events will appear in the upcoming issue of Speed On The Water digital magazine, which is scheduled to go live in two weeks.

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Outerlimits was particularly well-represented in the 11th annual Powerboating For A Cure event last weekend (click image to enlarge). Photos courtesy/copyright Jared Powell/Speedonthewater.com.

As he did in Texas, Powell, who recently located from New York City to Austin, Texas, captured plenty of images during the 11th annual Powerboating For A Cure event, which is produced by the Mid Atlantic Powerboat Association.

“I was lucky enough to ride with locals Mark and Nancy Tuck ‘in tandem,’” said Powell. “I rode with Nancy and Burton Kirsten—he owns the 46-foot Outerlimits catamaran called Jet that debuted at the 2019 Miami International Boat Show but didn’t bring it—in Nancy’s 38-foot Fountain. Mark rode in Performance Boat Center’s Wright Performance 360 demo sport cat. He’s bought one, but it won’t be finished until August.

“Mark told me that prior to Powerboating For a Cure, there were some other poker runs in the area that got quite big, eventually outgrew themselves and started to become more of a party then a poker run,” he continued. “What I got from Mark is that now the event is something everyone can enjoy—and one that has done an amazing job raising money for charities over the years.”

Check out the slideshow above to enjoy more images from the 2019 Powerboating For A Cure Poker Run

The 2019 happening attracted 56 boats and 225 participants, and raised $35,000 for the Susan G Komen For The Cure, a nonprofit breast cancer research, treatment and awareness organization that is the event’s longstanding benefitting charity. It also raised $5,000 Associated General Contractors Scholarship fund.

Said Tuck, “It was really good this year. Water conditions were excellent. The boat count was down a little but we had a huge increase in sponsorships.”

During the Saturday night awards dinner, Powerboating For A Cure event chairman Bob Veith announced that the event is changing its prospective dates next year for greater separation from the July 4 holiday week. In 2020, it will move to the weekend of July 25.

Powell had nothing but praise for Veith and the family friendly atmosphere that he and his team of volunteers have created.

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Colorado’s Michael “Doc” Janssen (center right standing) traveled from afar for the Viginia-based event, but Lawerence Coehlo of California (center left standing) traveled even farther.

“When you meet Bob, you immediately get a sense of why this is such a popular event,” he said. “He makes you feel like an old friend right away, and the event itself has that same vibe.”

Editor’s Note: Look for a complete feature on Powerboating For A Cure in the upcoming May/June issue of Speed On The Water digital magazine.

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