Although there were just 18 high-performance powerboats in the fleet, last weekend’s Performance Boat Club of Canada Georgian Bay “Inside Passage” From Midland to Parry Sound charity poker run boasted a “small but might group,” according to club president Meghan Brousseau. The Georgian Bay run was the second event of nonprofit organization’s 2018 season.
The event included an overnight stay in Parry Sound.
The second run of the Performance Boat Club of Canada season enjoyed pristine conditions (click image to enlarge). Photos courtesy/copyright Bob Barnhart/Performance Boat Club of Canada.
“We started at the town docks in Midland to an admiring crowd and we then made our way down Penetang Harbor for a parade by the town docks,” said Brousseau. “From there we headed north to Frying Pan Island, home of the world-famous Henry’s fish and chip restaurant. After lunch, boats were escorted by Bill Connor in his 38-foot Formula through the narrow and rocky sections of the inside passage.”
The best hand of the event went to Pierre Brousseau, who runs a 40-foot Nor-Tech Roadster catamaran, followed by Kevin Primmer in his 42-foot Statement Marine V-bottom and Brent Vernon in his 36-foot Nor-Tech cat. The club’s event-by-event “Hard Luck Award” went to Ken Jensen, who blew a propeller on his 40-foot Nor-Tech cat. halfway through the run.
“Kudos to Jason Gibson who braved the frigid waters of the bay to change the prop in the water,” said Meghan Brousseau. “And thanks to Brent Vernon for carrying spare props.”
For a closer look at the action from last weekend’s Georgian Bay event, check out the slideshow above.
On Sunday, a smaller group of boats rafted-up at Beckwith Island, known by locals as “the Bahamas of Georgian Bay” for its white-sand beaches and clear water. During the weekend, the event raised $5,500 for the Georgian Bay Hospital Foundation’s “Boaters For Best Care Program,” which is raising money to purchase a CT scanner for the hospital.
Next up on the PBCC event calendar is the $5,000 Best Hand Sarnia Splash July 20-22. Those interested in participating can register by clicking here.