139 boats...Yes! 139 powerboats participated in the Second Annual Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club Poker Run '98 on Saturday, June 20, up the Hudson River, NYC. This is the largest powerboat gathering so far this year.
A "Good Voyage" cocktail party on the pier, sponsored by Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club, kicked off the event on Friday night, under the stars with Manhattan as a backdrop and the cool tunes of Billy Reed and the Street People, a thermo-nuclear rhythm and blues band superb. Hilights of Friday began with Speedvision Network's interview with Ed Kranepool on his new Sunseeker Camaroque. You may remember Ed as the World Champion first baseman on the 1969 Mets baseball team. He loved this event so much that he will return and participate in our next event, Aug. 22, the Manhasset Bay Gold Cup Poker Run '98.
NBC TV News did a fly over on Friday night and our boats were on the 6 p.m. news broadcast along with a mention of our event. They also announced the "International Swim Meet," which also took place on Saturday morning on the Hudson River.
Saturday's main event started off with a twist. The official NPBA Paceboat, Blue Lightening Marine's 40 Hustler with the yellow flag, was in the rear of the fleet at the start; oddly another 40 Hustler with official paceboat written on its deck was confusing and everyone started two miles before the George Washington Bridge and about 10 minutes ahead of schedule. Fortunately, our helicopter was on location and the swimmers were close to the New York City side of the river.
The games began with a roar over 260 engines, that's over 2,080 pistons if you are counting.
Guy LaMotta's 39 cigarette, Dry Martini, jumped out font with Rob Perez's 38 cigarette, Senor Speedy, alongside of him. Ricky Manetta's 38 Cigarette, Outa Control, stuck with them; then came Gary Montano's 42 Commanche-McManus with triple 1200 HP Cobra's and SSM 6's that couldn't wait and George Rizo's Blown Fountain twisting up 90 MPH speeds. Also running out front were Mike Orecchio's triple engined 40 Hustler, Lace, and then Tony DeMatteo's triple engined Hustler, Wild Trips, Rich Vazzano's 38 Hustler, Troublemaker, and Rich Mazzos' 37 Outer Limits, No Discipline. Then came Doctor John Golia's 46 Skater, Mixed Emotions, that took the lead to the Tappan Zee Bridge, but was closely followed by Mike Pandolfelli's 50 Hustler, Nasty Gil, the 1st V-Bottom to the bridge and then Steve Balthazard's 37 Outer Limits, All Blown Out. These three boats put a spread on the fleet, exceeding 100 MPH speeds, so says our helicopter pilot.