Performance Boaters Respond to Local Conditions


Safety and environmental issues will be the highest priorities for more than 75 offshore performance boaters, as they challenge the waters of the mighty St. Lawrence in this year’s Power Boating Canada / Poker Runs America 1000 Islands Poker Run, scheduled for this weekend, August 18-20, 2017.
“With unusually high water levels persisting along the waterway, we are adapting our course and speed zones to minimize the risk of water damage to shoreline properties and facilities,” says Poker Runs Inc. President, Bill Taylor, “we have assured the people of Brockville, Prescott, Rockport and Gananoque that the Poker Run participants will keep a careful eye on their speed and keep the wakes to a minimum as they pass the areas where flooding has been a concern all summer long. We have altered our route to provide a safe and enjoyable event for all – participants, spectators, boating fans who join the spectator fleet that lines the waterway along the route, and all of the property owners along the route. We have taken special steps to assure that our drivers and navigators will be thoroughly briefed on the water conditions at the Saturday morning Driver’s Meeting.”
For more than 30 years, Power Boating Canada and Poker Runs America have organized and run events along the St. Lawrence Seaway. The official event participants always respect the slow zones and no wake zones, and they will be especially careful this year to avoid damage to shoreline properties.
In addition to the 75 boats expected to participate in this year’s event, hundreds of boats line the route to watch the action. The Poker Run marshal boats will advise boaters in the spectator fleet to “take it easy” in areas where flooding has been a problem, to avoid damage to the shoreline, and to avoid damage to the boats and injuries that could occur as a result of submerged debris from the floods.
The Poker Run main event is scheduled to take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017.
An additional “Ride of a Lifetime” charity fundraising event will take place on Sunday, August 20, with the general public invited to take a ride on one of the Poker Run boats in exchange for a charitable donation in support of Kingston General Hospital.
For more information please contact the Poker Run Coordinator at 905-844-8218 ext 252 or visit the website at