The card stops were well thought out and very organized to keep the flow of boats smooth. Everyone received three card hands to play, but if you went all the way to Gator Landing you received an extra two hands! I would say about half the fleet made the 75 mile run all the way South and it was a beautiful run. It really gave the big cats a chance to stretch out have some fun!
In the front groups of the v-bottoms where our friends Dan & Keith from Myrtle Beach in the Cig Gladiator, Randy, Tracy and son Josh in the 38 Fountain from our club, and a new friend Robbie in the AWESOME Baja 33 Outlaw running 90 MPH named “Crayola Crazy”. We were not the fastest, but Dock Holiday hung pretty close to the first group!
Then it was time for the lunch stop that everyone is waiting for. The World Famous “Outback Crab Shack”! They have a dock over 1200 feet long down in the swamp and the best low country broil you have ever had! I could tell that everyone was having a good time and enjoying themselves!
We stopped a short time at the end of the dock to get our picture made with the Baja guys for the next issue of the magazine which we are very excited about!
Then it back to Jacksonville. The helicopter coverage for us anyway was much better this year. They picked us up before the lunch stop and ran close for about a mile and then we received more coverage just as we came into Jacksonville.
Stu Jones with the Florida Powerboat Club was also in attendance and rode in the helicopter taking still pictures which he is selling as a package.
Many of the guys went ahead and loaded their boats on the trailers at the end of the run and some went and tied off at the Landing.
Everyone was pumped and tired at the same time. It was a good day for all but a few that had broken down. If I heard correctly I think five boats broke and did not finish the run.
The entire upstairs at the Landing was reserved for our party that night. They had a band playing, the food was very good and the bar was working overtime! Everything was free except for your drinks.
The big screen played last years DVD of the run, then they started to show us the coverage from that days run, along with the still pictures that Stu had shoot.
Then the time came to “PLAY POKER”! There were six tables set up and the excitement shifted to the cards. We were hearing of many good hands and it was hard to tell what it was going to take to win.
First prize was a new Harley Davidson motorcycle, then a 48 Inch big screen television, $500.00 cash and there were MANY other nice prices and awards given away.
No one won the 25 Baja Outlaw which required a Royal Flush, but a very nice young man from the Jacksonville Performance Powerboat Club took the Harley Davidson home with an Ace high flush.
After the party rapped up a large group of about 40 to 50 showed up in the bar at the hotel to upwind!
It was a GREAT event. I personally cannot thank Bill Pyburn and all of those who worked so hard on this event. It was a good time for Team Dock Holiday and in my opinion the BEST POKER RUN on the Southeast bar none!
God Bless America