When veteran performance boater David Landsman of Maryland set out to produce the inaugural Rockin The Harbor Poker Run with Jimmy Jernigan of the Chesapeake Bay Power Boat Association and Victor DiMarco of the Thunder In The City Poker Run, he was positive yet apprehensive about his expectations for the Baltimore-based event.
The inaugural Rockin The Harbor Poker Run in Baltimore was an overwhelming success, according to event organizers. All photos courtesy David Landsman (click image to enlarge).
Following last weekend’s first year event held at Harbor East Marina and the adjoining Four Seasons Hotel, it’s safe to say that Landsman and company were overjoyed with the outcome.
“We had 63 boats, which is more than we expected, and everything went about as good as it could have,” said Landsman, who ran a backup Midnight Express center console as he sold the one he planned to use—a new 43-footer powered by five of the new Mercury Racing 450R engines—before he even took delivery of it. “The weather was beautiful, the venue was great and everyone had blast. And get this, we had 32 girls in the bikini contest—that’s the most I’ve ever seen at a poker run before.”
Landsman laughed, as he’s definitely seen his fair share of bikini contests between Florida Powerboat Club events and more, and then he went on to compliment the entire team at Harbor East Marina.
Check out the slideshow above for more images from last weekend’s Rockin The Harbor Poker Run in Maryland.
“The marina treated us so well, which doesn’t always happen when you bring a bunch of performance boats into a place that isn’t used to them,” he said. “The staff was so welcoming and seemed to be happy that we brought the event to the harbor.
“We had some slight weather issues with brief thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday afternoon, but any time it’s 95 degrees here in June, you can expect some rain in the afternoon,” he continued. “Luckily the winds were light, which led to some excellent water conditions. Lunch at The Jetty on Saturday was incredible, and I think we had about 350 people at dinner that evening—we were maxed out at Roy’s. And whether you were 25 or 65, the nightlife in Baltimore offered something for everyone.”
Landsman, who thanked the many local sponsors and boat companies such as Deep Impact Custom Boats that stepped up to support the first-year run, is already looking forward to doing the poker run again next year, over the June 26-28 weekend. He said there were several participants asking if they could sign up for the 2020 event before they even left this year’s poker run.