Boats set sail from Fall River for 11th annual Poker Run – Fall River Herald News

More than 50 sleek boats started in the Taunton River for a run that would take them out into open water south of Jamestown, Rhode Island, before turning back north to Fall River.

Kevin P. O’Connor Herald News Staff Reporter @HNKPO

FALL RIVER — When the boats started, you felt the noise, growling thunder that vibrated the docks and carried up your legs.

When some boats revved their engines, you felt it in your chest.

Twin 1,000-horsepower engines, preparing to race.

Borden Light Marina held its 11th annual Poker Run on Saturday.

More than 50 sleek boats, all of them capable of travelling more than 55 mph, started in the Taunton River under the Braga Bridge for a run that would take them out into open water south of Jamestown, Rhode Island, before turning back north to Fall River.

Of course, the run included lunch in Newport, Rhode Island — lobster rolls, if you wanted them, organizer Michael Lund said.

“This really isn’t a race, it’s a poker run,” said Ernie Dupuis of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, who was making the run in his 30-foot single-engine Sutphen. “We are doing this for fun.”

Dupuis would know the difference. He has raced professionally on the water. For most other participants, it was a nice day in some very nice boats.

Cary Whitmore of East Bridgewater trailered his 36-foot Nortek down from Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire to make the run.

“I did it last year and it is a lot of fun,” he said. “Plus, I get to see some people I know.”

And then there is Narragansett Bay. Portions of it allow boats to run wide open. For Whitmore, that means 120 mph.

“We’ll just have to see how it goes,” he said.

George Polillio of Raynham was taking his 39-foot

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