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2010 OLD SAYBROOK "Between the Bridges" POWERBOAT POKER RUN

 

Immediate Release:

July 24, 2010

 

The Results are in !

 

 On rain-drenched Friday the fleet looked thin, but all the boys came out on Sunny Saturday for a fun filled day of Speedboating on Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay. 

After a 27 year hiatus from producing boat races in the area, the NATIONAL POWERBOAT ASSOCIATION was back in Old Saybrook, CT to produce this spectacular 75 mile Poker Run.  Between the Bridges Marina hosted the event and the Back Porch restaurant served the food and drinks.

 

Twenty three boats travelled to The Pavilion Beach Club in Old Lyme, to Orient Point, Montauk Point, New London and back to the Connecticut River.

 

After a brief driver's meeting, the field of contestants was lead to the starting line by Old Saybrook's finest, Detective Sgt. Gene Heiney in the police boat . The Connecticut DEP escort boat also joined us for the parade.

 

Immediately in their wake was the Official Pace Boat of the event, Ken Kleitz' 'TSUNAMI', a real 33 Sutphen Race Boat driven by Chris Cestaro of Ocean Performance, throttled by NPBA Executive Director and 'OUTRAGEOUS' 1980s throttleman, Billy Frenz and accompanied by NPBA flag girl, Allison Frenz.

 

     The real excitement began when the green flag was dropped and speeds approached 100+mph all the way to checkpoint #1 where we found David Carlson's 40 Ocean Yacht handing out the cards.

 

The team of  Calvanese/DeSantis in their 40 Skater, Dr Bill Schmid in his trick 36 Skater, Joe Castelana in his 50 Skater,  Todd Luzzi in 'Motion' and Tommy Abraham in his Falconized 36 MTI  formed the cat club that lead the group around the course.   The 32' Skater, co-piloted by Danny Kleitz, was running in the 3rd slot until they took an unexpected pit stop at checkpoint #1.

 

Poking his V  at the cat club was Brad Pompilli in his superfast, Northeast Performance Marine prepped  42X Cigarette, followed closely by Team Hamilton's 'Wild Child' Outerlimits. Matt Gordon's 'Bad Company' Donzi kept pace with the lead V-bottoms right on the tails of the cats.

 

     All boats made it back to port before the 5 pm deadline, some with minor mechanical issues, but fortunately all were accounted for before the skies opened up again with a torrential down pour and wind storm..Mother Nature celebrating the finish of the Old Saybrook Powerboat Poker Run!

 
 

Official Results:


SPIRIT OF THE NPBA AWARD
went to Ken Kleitz.  Ken sponsored the Official Paceboat and co-piloted the Ilmor powered 32' Skater Cat.


BEST LOOKING CREW
went to Matt Gordon's 'Bad Company' Donzi Crew


BEST LOOKING BOAT
went to Team Hamilton's 'Wild Child' Outerlimits


KING OF THE V-BOTTOMS
went to Brad Pompilli in his 42X Cigarette


KING OF THE CATS
went to Calvanese & DeSantis in their 40 Skater SS.


      

      


Poker hand Winners:

 

Calvanese and DeSantis won 3rd place,

 

Matt Gordon won 2nd Place

 

...and the Ultimate Winner was Brad Pompilli.

 


Many thanks go to Nick Palmerone and son Patrick, Ken Kleitz and son Danny, Joe Thomas, Bill Beccaro, Chris Cestaro, Sgt Gene Heiney, Mike Pendleton, Mike Palumbo, and to our Sponsors: Northeast Performance Marine, Route 66 Motorsports, Hornet Marine, Mercury Racing, Livorsi Marine, Offshore Northeast LLC, Tri-State of Branford, Connecticut Casualty Company, Custom Marine Stainless Exhaust, The Pavilion Beach Club of Old Lyme, Ocean Performance, Patten Cycles, Between the Bridges marina, Performance Boats Magazine, Historic Offshore Boat Racing Association, Rage Powerboats, DuPont Registry, Thinkfast Films, who produced their usual high quality film documentary of the event and the Seaport Inn and Marina of Fairhaven, Mass.


All photos can be seen on the website, click here for the Video & Photo webPage


See ya on the docks



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