Milford Powerboat Poker Run 2012
September 8, 2012
An absolutely fantastic event... and only 3 boats finished the course!!
Milford Harbor and the Indigo by the Water Restaurant set such a fabulous scene by hosting this event that all of the contestants just could not leave.
Truth be told, the inclement weather permitted the event to go on, but the 6 to 8 foot seas prevented most of the fleet from getting to checkpoint number 1.
Johnny O'Loughlin came across the sound from Long Island on Saturday morning and warned us of rough sea conditions, but the sun was out and the rain stopped. We all voted to do the poker run. As the checkpoint boats took their positions and tried to set their anchors, they radioed in and said it is very rough 6 to 8 footers. Our triangular 60 mile course was all set and we all voted to do the run!
After a brief drivers meeting the parade out of the harbor began. Once we cleared the point and passed 5 mph marker, we dropped the GREEN Flag signifying the official start. Only 3 boats passed the Paceboat. IT WAS 6-8 FOOTERS!
Johhny O'Loughlin in his 48 MTI Cat, Sal Albanese in his 35 Fountain, and Gino in his 35 Formula all took off and made it to Port Jeff/Checkpoint No. 1 where Joe Filanowski in his 43 Viking, Green Machine was waiting. All 3 boats made it there, but the rest of the fleet circled back to the dock and drew their cards from the dockside dealer. Nobody made it to the offshore checkpoint with Ron and Mark who heroically made it to Branford to be Checkpoint no. 2 in a 21' Bayliner Bowrider(!) and nobody came! We salute Ron & Mark as the unsung heroes of the day! We also salute all of the captains who were wise enough to turn around their crafts and play poker on the dock. Smart move! SAFETY FIRST!
RESULTS AND AWARDS:
TOP CAT Trophy: Johnny O'Loughlin 48 MTI, Terminator w/ Merc 1350 HPs.
TOP V-BOTTOM Trophy: Sal Albanese 35 Fountain, Sabrina w/Merc 496/425HPs.
BEST LOOKING CREW AWARD: Bob Doohans Team, Up and Over, 39 Outerlimits
BEST LOOKING BOAT AWARD: Kenny Bensons 36 Spectre Cat
SPIRIT OF THE NPBA: Matthew Gordon, 377 Hustler Cat
CMI Gift Certificate: Jason Gotch, 38 Cigarette Top Gun, Ace in the Hole
CMI Gift Certificate: Kurt Unger, 30 Rage, Nasty Habit
3rd Place Card Winner: Walter Sheehan, 3 Aces in his 22 Donzi,
(Full House Aces, 2- 3s)
1st Place card Winner: David Cofrancesco,, 38 Cigarette, Rock Hard
P.S. I thank Sal for giving Mary (co-proprietor of INDIGO BY THE WATER) a ride that day in his 35 Fountain
an experience she will never forget!
We thank INDIGO BY THE WATER, Milford Lisman Landing Marina, Village Marina, Bobs Up and Over Roofing, Black Duck Cafe, Avanti Systems, LA Productions, Rage Powerboats, Mercury Racing, Montano Motorsports, Custom marine, Inc., Livorsi Marine, Ferrari of Long Island, Abraham Motorsports, Mystic Powerboats, Ocean Performance, Thinkfast Films, SeaGarloft.com, and Montano Coffee and Candy for their continued support and sponsorshipsmaking all of this EXCITEMENT AND FUN possible!
We look so forward doing it again next September...when the sea calms down.