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Old 07-17-2011, 02:50 PM
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Mike was a great friend to me. When I had my old Banana and when I purchased my new one, Mike was there the whole way... always gave me advice and was always there to help. Will miss him very much
Charlie please call me if you hear of any arraignments.. thanks
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Old 07-17-2011, 02:57 PM
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Two years ago Mike invited me to go on a poker run with him up on Narragansett Bay. It was the first time I met his son as he was just a little guy when we raced back in the day. He joined us in the boat that day.

We showed up with Mike's 27 foot Magnum sedan with the twin 300 HP outboard Mercs. All the other boats came with their assortment of blowers and number 6 drives etc. Total boat count was close to 30. Mike's son said it looks like we are outclassed....Mike and I laughed and said let's see how we do at the end of the day.

First stop we were the 5th boat, second stop we were the 4th boat and the lunch stop we were the 3rd boat in, behind a 38 foot Cigarette with blower motors and a 32 foot Sutphen.

We explained to his son that the difference was navigation. We didn't follow the boat wakes of the other runners, but set our own course and followed as straight a line as possible. That was old school open ocean racing skills and we both still loved doing it.

I could see the pride come up in his son's eyes for his dad. What first appeared to be a day in an old out of date boat with outboards, proved to his son to be a day worth remembering....which I am sure he is doing right now.
i was with mike all day yesterday, and was going to take the ride with him and chose not to. in the hours we talked he told me this story. he told me just like you told it. he loved that boat!!
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Old 07-17-2011, 02:58 PM
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i have a photo of his crew about 30 min before his death. i keep seeing the photo of my buddy on the baja holding his body up and just cant believe half hour before we where having a blast. so sad
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Old 07-17-2011, 03:31 PM
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Mike, Godspeed my friend!

I'm shocked, saddened and at a loss for words . .

Prayers for your passenger, with all the hope for a strong recovery.

We just spoke, I was planning on joining him for the Donzi Poker Run on Winni in two weeks . . .

He lived life to the fullest.
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Old 07-17-2011, 03:33 PM
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Two years ago Mike invited me to go on a poker run with him up on Narragansett Bay. It was the first time I met his son as he was just a little guy when we raced back in the day. He joined us in the boat that day.

We showed up with Mike's 27 foot Magnum sedan with the twin 300 HP outboard Mercs. All the other boats came with their assortment of blowers and number 6 drives etc. Total boat count was close to 30. Mike's son said it looks like we are outclassed....Mike and I laughed and said let's see how we do at the end of the day.

First stop we were the 5th boat, second stop we were the 4th boat and the lunch stop we were the 3rd boat in, behind a 38 foot Cigarette with blower motors and a 32 foot Sutphen.

We explained to his son that the difference was navigation. We didn't follow the boat wakes of the other runners, but set our own course and followed as straight a line as possible. That was old school open ocean racing skills and we both still loved doing it.

I could see the pride come up in his son's eyes for his dad. What first appeared to be a day in an old out of date boat with outboards, proved to his son to be a day worth remembering....which I am sure he is doing right now.
Here's the pic. i toook of you guys passing by that great day !
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Old 07-17-2011, 04:00 PM
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This is a loss that will effect me dearly.

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Old 07-17-2011, 04:16 PM
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Wow.... RIP ...how sad.
God Bless his family and the passenger.
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Old 07-17-2011, 05:17 PM
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My condolences to all of the families involved and RIP High Life
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RIP High Life, condolences to friends and family.
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