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Slide Show: International Thunder on the Water

This weekend, the Buffalo waterfront is going to get fired up as some of the biggest, baddest performance boats gather to compete in the city’s Fourth Annual Buffalo Poker Run. Last year 60 boats showed up, which is more than double the number from three years ago. I was invited to be a guest on one of the boats for a past poker run, and let me tell you that seeing these powerhouses gather in one place is exhilarating. This year proceeds benefit Excalibur Leisure Skills, an organization that helps to get disabled and disadvantaged people out onto the water.

Honestly, even if you can’t make it onto one of the boats, half the fun is to see them when they rev their engines and head out to the starting point. From there the boats head down the river to the first checkpoint to get a second card (the first is secured at check in). Throughout the day and into the evening the boats return to the Buffalo Harbor (see schedule) below, meaning that there’s going to be a lot of noise and excitement on the waterfront. Bring the kids down to see the boats, and find the best vantage point to witness the spectacle. Here’s a slide show of a previous Poker Run:

Brought to you by the WNY Offshore Powerboat Association.

This year’s International Thunder on the Water is August 12-13, 2011 at Templeton Landing.

Here is the schedule for this weekend’s event:

Fri August 12th, 2011
5pm – 7pm Poker Run Event Registration
5pm – 10pm Boats on Display – Templeton Landing Docks and Public Parking Lot
6:30pm – 9pm Welcome Party at Templeton Landing  (Registration Required)
Sat Aug 13th, 2011 Buffalo Poker Run
8pm – 9:30am  Late Registration
10am Drivers Meeting – Card #1
10:30am Engines are Started at Templeton Landing Docks
11am Poker Run Officially Starts from Buffalo Harbor
11:15am-11:30am Vantage Point Peace Bridge/International Bridge
11:30am Card #2 – Private Dock – West River
11:30am – 12pm West River
12:00pm – 12:20pm Parade of Boats up Little River (Smith Boys, East Pier, TILC)
12:30pm Card #3 North Tonawanda Public Docks in Erie Canal
1pm Poker Run Restarts Nia-Wanda Park
1:30pm Parade of Boats up the Buffalo River to Inter Harbor
1:45pm Card #4 – Public Dock – Buffalo Harbor in front of HSBC Arena
2pm Poker Run Restarts – Buffalo Harbor for Lake portion of Run
2:45pm Card #5 – Sunset Bay Beach Club/Cabana Sams
5pm All Boats Leave Beach as Group
5:30pm-6pm Boats Return to Templeton Landing
6:30pm – 10pm Awards & Dinner at Templeton Landing

Written by WCPerspective


Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

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