Check out this article from speedonthewater detailing the 1,000 Islands Poker Run in Clayton, New York & the show-stopping MTI-V 42 center console!
If the morning portion of yesterday’s 1,000 Islands Charity Poker Run in Clayton, N.Y., was a relatively low-speed 60-mile tour—30 miles in each direction—of the St. Lawrence River, the 100-mile after-lunch portion—an extended version of the same course—gave participants with a need for higher speed a chance to pursue it. And that’s exactly what roughly half of the 118-boat fleet did, with the remaining owners of the high-performance catamarans, V-bottom sportboats and center consoles and their guests opting to either sit it out and enjoy the lovely 1,000 Islands Harbor Hotel or explore the area via water on their own.
Thanks to Randy Scism, Cherell Scism and the rest the Marine Technology Inc., crew, our group on their show-stopping MTI-V 42 center console opted to join the spectator fleet off famed Singer Castle so we could capture still images and video. And the boats in the fleet, particularly a loose formation of Wright Performance 360 sport catamarans, put on a fun show.
In short, like so many of the participants in the second-year event, we took it easy in the afternoon and enjoyed the company on board and our surroundings, which could be the best—arguably for sure—of any poker run in the country.
With rain in the forecast for the area, most participants opted to pull their boats from the water before dinner, which far from the typically inedible fare at poker runs included multiple food stations, from prime rib to make-your-own-tacos to a clam bake. But the high point of the evening—and maybe even the day—was the live auction, which was preceded with a moving video from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York and ended with a live auction that saw a Mercury Racing-donated cooler fetch an even cooler $10,000 and change for River Community Wellness Program at River Hospital.