Poker Run bets on hospice support

The first annual “Pieces of Eight Poker Run” will take place on Grand Cayman’s North Sound next Sunday, Nov. 17. The “Pieces of Eight Poker Run” is a boating “Poker Run” rather than a race and is open to boats of all classes. The event is aimed at families and group of friends enjoying a day out on the North Sound while raising funds for Cayman HospiceCare. 

The poker run starts at Karoo in Camana Bay and will have a relaxed schedule between five “pit-stops” with a poker card drawn at each stop by participating teams. The participating venues are Camana Bay/Karoo (start and finish), Rum Point, Kaibo and George Town Yacht Club. There will be a barbecue from 10:30 a.m. at Karoo for all participants and supporters with all proceeds donated to Cayman HospiceCare. 

Marcus Cumber, who is a supporter of Cayman HospiceCare and the spokesperson for the event, is excited to be a part of the first “Pieces of Eight Poker Run.” 

“I really like that the event takes place on the North Sound, this is far more accessible for boat owners,” Cumber said. “What is also great about the event is that it is not a race – so hopefully we will get boats of all classes participating. The event promises to be an enjoyable family day out, a fun way to finish Pirates Week whilst raising funds for a worthy cause – Cayman HospiceCare. 

“Cayman HospiceCare are a not for profit organization, dedicated to providing dignified, quality comfort care, free of charge, to everyone in the Cayman Islands living with fatal illnesses. They do such brilliant work for Cayman, we are delighted to be able to raise funds for this worthy cause.” 

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the day for “Best Hand,” “Best Crew,” “Best Dressed Boat” and other fun categories. There are lots of excellent prizes available such as brunch vouchers for the Ritz Carlton, dinner vouchers for The Lobster Pot, North Sound Golf Club vouchers and Cayman Airways Flights. 

Sponsors for the event are Fast Signs, Travel Pros, Spin 94.9 FM, Vibe 98.9 FM, Monster Media, Cayman Social, Cayman Airways, Island Air, Karoo, Air Vu, Sun Bum, Bacardi and Corona.  


Dale Crighton owns some of Cayman’s fastest boats.


Expect to see a few motley crews on the high seas.