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Old 20 January 2003, 10:34   #1
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Are there any ribsters with boats over 6 metres and capable of at least 40 mph who would be interested in entering a poker run or two in 2003? they will be in the solent area
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Old 20 January 2003, 10:35   #2
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Whats a poker run ?
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Old 20 January 2003, 10:46   #3
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It's a boating event where you can win a bit of dosh(by chance, not speed), have a good charge about with loads of other boats, good grub, a few bevvy's in the evening (it's run on a sat, so you can recover on sun) and generally enjoy yourself
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Old 20 January 2003, 10:54   #4
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Sounds interesting Jon. What do you have to do, I mean is it a race or something or like a treasure hunt etc. Beer and dosh is a good reason to go anyway.

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Old 20 January 2003, 11:12   #5
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Julian, perhaps we could do this for the Weymouth run, the difference being last one standing in the bar wins. My monies on Jan (or me, seeing as I trained him) Alan P Theres still life in this sea old dog yet.
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Old 20 January 2003, 11:19   #6
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My god Alan, could you imagine it in Weymouth, Its bad enough as it is let alone making a competition out of it.

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Old 20 January 2003, 11:23   #7
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The Poker Run concept is american, and obviously aimed at high performance boats, it's now more popular over there than racing!
it stems from the problem you have as a pb owner, you tow it down to the coast and launch it, for half an hour it's great fun to just tear about, but then you quickly lose interest and start prowling about looking for someone to have a "burn up" with, they're few and far between and probably going in a different direction anyway! so it's in the bar for the rest of the afternoon!

the poker run works by getting a group of like minded people with similar boats, all together, on the same day, in the same place, going(hopefully) in the same direction

there are few rules, must be insured, boat must meet criteria (there is good reason for this)

day starts at about 10am with a breifing,and everybody's told where the five "stops" will be (one of these will also be the lunch stop) then on the water for the start (similar to a powerboat race start)
whilst it's not a race, the run between each stop is a chance to show everybody what ya vessel can do, and a few side bets are not unknown!
on arrival at each stop you choose a plain envelope from a sack, and keep this (without opening it) untill the evening, throughout the day you will collect five of these envelopes.
The evening "Do" has food, entertainment, and a large game board set up at the venue ( usualy a yacht club or similar)

each team is invited up, one at a time, and the envelopes are opened and the cards laid out for each team on the gameboard, quite simply, the highest poker hand wins the pot, it's pure chance ( the pot is supplied by the entry fees,) this has previously been rather high as in the states, 250 entry with a winning hand recieving 2K, but this year the intention is to lower this to more like 100 with the prize fund dependant upon the number of entries, as the 250 put people off,
Idealy the boats would have a cabin, as the overnight berthing at the evening venue is included in the entry, so the crews just "crash" on thier boats when they've had enough, or more than enough as it usually seems to be!
Anyway, it's great fun, a good excuse to go boating (if one is needed)
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Old 20 January 2003, 16:39   #8
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B****r it, Jon. We've got the cabin, the need to win and 've gotta few dollars in the pocket. But on Magellan Alpha, even with the new engine, 35 Knots is top wack. Grrrr
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Old 20 January 2003, 16:54   #9
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Mike,
So whats the problem? 35 Knt's is 40.28 mph bingo!, your in,
Anyway, the rules can be bent slightly, the reason for the size and speed rules is: there is a schedule for the day, with commitee boats waiting at each stop etc, some of the boats that enter are very fast, some not so fast, the problem with a very slow or very small boat is that it may hold up the proceedings throughout the day, either just coz it's really slow or coz it's quick when flat, but flounders when it's rough, not much good if everybody except one arrives at a stop and has to wait an hour for the last back marker!.... looking at your boat I can't see it floundering in the rough though! so 40 mph is great, look forward to seeing you out in 2003

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Old 20 January 2003, 16:57   #10
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Back in the early 90's we used to do this twice a year but I got slated by the RYA for not insisting the competitors wore skid lids.It was good fun very similar to the old "Cannon Ball Run"
Rules were simple, just turn up and race(sorry cruise)basicaly who ever finished got a trophy.Alan P This is how BIBOA really started, infact, I remember a very nice little boy called Julian who can along to my 40th birthday bash at port Hamble! My god, that was a long tiume ago.
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