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The Highs and Lows From 2012: Jeff Johnston

The loss of Leon and David Ortemond in a boating accident in April hit the poker-run community hard. Photo courtesy Florida Powerboat Club

This year was filled with highs and lows, just ask Jeff Johnston of Hering Propellers. Besides his recent engagement to the lovely Nichole Overson topping his list of highlights for 2012, Johnston rattled off a variety of memorable moments from his travels across the country. This year alone Johnston attended the Miami International Boat Show, Tampa Bay Poker Run, Desert Storm Poker RunTexas Outlaw Challenge, Emerald Coast Poker Run, Lake of the Ozarks Shootout and Key West Poker Run. So by all means, he’s had a year filled with highlights.

High: If I had to pick one highlight for the 2012 boating season, I’d have to say witnessing Greg Olson’s 192-mph run at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in August is at the top of my list (read the story here). With a set of Hering Propellers pushing his Eliminator Boats 33 Daytona along the one-mile course, Olson wowed the crowd and took home the overall Top Gun trophy—an impressive feat for Olson, GT Performance and the 33-foot Eliminator catamaran.

Low: As for a low, the first thing that comes to mind is the death of father-and-son boaters Leon and David Ortemond, who died in a tragic accident in David’s 36-foot catamaran from Skater Powerboats in April. Not only were the Louisiana performance boaters customers of Hering Propellers, they were friends. I know I’m not the only person in the poker run community who feels that way, too. RIP Leon and David.

Jeff Johnston of Hering Propellers

Jeff Johnston of Hering Propellers

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