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The New York City Powerboat Poker Run 2008!!!

“As Seen on TV and in the Magazines”


June 15th, 2008

Hudson River, New York City, USA

     All the “Big Dogs” came out to play in the World’s most famous powerboat
rally, the NEW YORK CITY POWERBOAT POKER RUN, annually held on the
Father’s Day Weekend and headquartered at Liberty Landing Marina, just
opposite “ground-zero” and at the foot of the Statue of Liberty and the
Hudson River…in other words…the TOP OF THE CIVILIZED WORLD!

The event is produced by the National Powerboat Association and it's
world headquarters is in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA. 

The world’s top manufacturer’s of speed boats, engines, and related
equipment were there.
Additional sponsors helped make the parties spectacular;
Peter Mazzo’s “Berry Creek Café” made the Friday night show
spectacular as the 1st round of NPBA  powerboat heroes were inducted
into the HALL OF FAME.

Sal Sciandra’s “Top Tomato” Super Caterers/Stores made the Saturday
afternoon Award’s Party superb with an endless racer’s barbecue buffet
as awards and trophies were distributed to the winner’s of the Poker Run.

     A lot of excitement was generated by the entry of  Reggie Fountain’s
“Cat Killer”, by its new owner, Joe Lamberti and his new Fountain Dealership
named, “BOATSHOWDIRECT.NET”, Stratford, CT.  She was piloted by Fountain
factory president, David Knight and professionally throttled by Ben Robertson
…a world famous race team…the best money could buy.
“Dressed” in her new colors, the 44’ Fountain with twin 1550 HP Sterling
engines coupled to Mercury Racing’s No. 6 Speedmasters, has been rumored
to run a “tick” to the upside of 180 mph …thus she has earned her name,
“Cat Killer” at many poker runs throughout America.

     SPEED is not a factor in a powerboat poker run…NAVIGATION and

     Big Ronnie Barrette (Recently crowned NPBA HALL OF FAME Racer)
and Chuck Bic brought all 3 ingredients to the NYC Run in their
JC Performance powered 40 Cat named, “MAXED OUT”.
Utilizing Mercury Racing’s Speedmasters, crashboxes, CMI Headers,
Livorsi Gauges, and 2,500 HP of  JC “womp-em”, they brought a touch
more of each ingredient to the run…making it a celebration party for
the Long Island based racing team. A lot of accolades go out to Ronnie,
as he has been racing on the NPBA circuit since 1979 and this probably
brought him the most “notoriety, praise, and recognition” to a gentleman
well respected in the sport.   

     Lake Cumberland Marine brought a 41 OUTERLIMITS Legarra to the show
with Merc Racings’ 700 NXT’s piloted by the famous Mike Fiore;
PROROC’s Rolf Papke brought the new Hustler ‘Rockit” with Merc Racing Power;
 Mariner’s Cove showed off their new 38 FOUNTAIN with Captain “Bo” at
the helm and his daughter as co-captain/navigator…alot of teams had to
follow them! Mahopac Marine, the new SUNSATION Dealer, had a few
speedboats entered in the event that also ran with the “top ten” and led the
pack around the course, notably their 41’ F-4 and their 28’ Special Editions
that cruise at over 70 mph! FASTBOATS by Georg Magnifico and Tri-State
Performance’s Paul Hrobosky entered a group of Active Thunder’s that out
performed the fleet in speed and comfort.

     A handful of Cigarettes and Donzi’s entered, but didn’t exhibit the speed
needed to cruise with the leaders…they brought up the rear of the pack with
the express cruisers.

The following Awards were presented:

“BEST LOOKING BOAT went to Tim Ciasulli’s 51 Outerlimits named,
“Planetman”. Tim is a past Offshore World Champion Racer and this was his
1st poker run.He was inducted into the NPBA HALL OF FAME on Friday night,
June 13, 2008. Tim has been racing NPBA since 1981.

BEST LOOKING CREW” went to Robert Leider’s 29 Velocity named,
“Jagged Edge”.

“SPIRIT OF THE NPBA”went to Sal Sciandra’s 40 Skater named,
“AWESOME”. He also was inducted into the
on Friday, June 13, 2008 and has been racing with me since 1985.
Sal takes all of his sons poker-running with him.

“KING NAVIGATOR OF THE HUDSON RIVER”went to Ronnie Barrette and
Chuck Bic’s 40 Skater Cat named, “MAXED OUT”, powered by twin 1150 HP
by JC Performance. Ronnie was also inducted into the NPBA HALL OF FAME
on June 13, 2008 and has been racing on the NPBA Race Circuit since 1979. 

and the poker hand winners are:

1st Place:Mike Kornblum with a Flush in his 38 Cigarette received $2,500.00.

2nd Place: Mike Kolenberg with a “straight” on 38 Fountain
(World’s Fastest Center Console Record Holder)
received $1,000.00.

3rd Place: Ryan Friedman with 3 Kings in his 38 Cigarette (he is 23 y.o.) and
received $500.00.

4th Place: John Akoury (Tom Akoury’s nephew, the famous throttleman from
Black Duck Racing Team of the 80’s) with 3-Jacks in his 32 Skater Cat and
received $500.00.

5th Place: Mike Vilardi with 3-10’s in his 37 Active Thunder with ZUL ENGINES
representing Team FASTBOATS, INC. and received $500.00.  

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Conceived in 1976 with various regional events and upgraded in 1982 to national events,
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