Join some of the fastest powerboats in the world for the 25th Annual Key West Offshore Poker Run.
From November 7-13, an international group of boat owners and manufacturers will show off their finest to an audience of celebrities and fans. Boats range from multi-engine high-speed center consoles to open ocean racers. Vessels will begin sailing in Miami and make stops at all the hot spots in the Keys on their way to Key West. Organized by the Florida Powerboat Club, the Key West Offshore Poker Run cruises through the beautiful protected waters north of the Keys, then crosses under the 7 Mile Bridge for the last 40-mile offshore run to Key West.
Boats participating can depart from two points in Miami: North Venue—North Miami Beach near Haulover Inlet, with boat ramp, trailer parking and multiple hotels nearby, or South Venue—Grove Harbour Marina at Coconut Grove, where multiple hotels and a boat ramp (limited trailer parking and reservations) are available. The Conch Republic Seafood Company on the Harbor in Key West becomes a Poker Run Village for the event. Live music and great food will entertain attendees every night. Company and private boats will be available each day to give participants excursions and fun runs through the local waters around Key West.
Event details are available at flpowerboat.com/project/key-west- offshore-poker-run/.
By Bob Arrington, Southern Boating November 2017
Photos Courtesy of Florida Powerboat Club