The Pieces of Eight Poker Run jetted off to a great start for Cayman HospiceCare.
The first annual race took place on the North Sound last Sunday in aid of Cayman HospiceCare
The event was a “poker run” rather than a race and was open to boats of all classes. Cards were dealt in the following order – the first card at Karoo in Camana Bay, the second at Rum Point, the third at Kaibo and the final two cards at Karoo, Camana Bay.
A considerable turnout of boats was seen, consisting of groups of families, friends and workmates. There were prizes awarded for Best Hand, Best Crew, Best Dressed Boat, Team Spirit, Best Pirates and Best Dressed Kids.
Marcus Cumber, a supporter of Cayman HospiceCare and the spokesman for the event, was delighted with how the day went.
“Things couldn’t have gone much better. The conditions were perfect, we had a great crowd of people who were all in good spirits and we managed to raise money for Cayman Hospice,” Cumber said. “It was lovely to see a good mix of families and friends participating in the Poker Run. I would like to encourage people to get involved in the event again next year.”
Cayman HospiceCare operations and fundraising manager Jennifer Grant-McCarthy commended the hard work of event organizers and sponsors to get the event up and running.
“The service Cayman Hospice provides is at no charge whatsoever to the patient or their families and to make this happen, we rely on donations and fundraisers such as the Pieces of Eight Poker Run,” Grant-McCarthy said.
“We are pleased the organisers selected Cayman Hospice as their chosen charity. We are thrilled with their generous donation and look forward to working with them again on the event next year.”
There were a number of prize winners on the day – the coveted Best Hand award went to Power Play, who were managed by Massimo Consolini. Massimo and his team were the lucky recipients of Cayman Airways flights, brunch at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and a staycation at the Holiday Inn.
“I have entered many boating events over the years. I can see Pieces of Eight fast becoming my favorite,” Consolini said.
“This is not only because I had the best hand. There was a real diverse crowd on the day with everyone in great spirits, the perfect way to finish Pirates Week – all for a worthy cause, Cayman Hospice.”
Other winners were Philip Ratcliff’s team Lucky Draw for Best Dressed Boat, Chris Le Beau’s Pink Riders for Team Spirit and Michael Pratt’s Rotary Central for Best Pirates. Ashley Watler’s Happy Ours and Ratcliff’s Lucky Draw were both recipients of the Best Dressed Kids awards and finally, Cumber’s Baywatch were clear winners of the Best Crew award.
Sponsors of the event were Fast Signs, Travel Pros, Island Air, Air Vu, Kirk Market, Holiday Inn, Karoo, Lobster Pot, Cayman Airways, Browns Esso, North Sound Golf Club, Atlantic Kids, Little Darlings, Cayman Social, Tech Marine, Sun Bum, Bacardi, Corona, Spin 94.9 FM, Vibe 98.9 FM and Monster Media.
Kenny Rankin of Monster Media, who is a Cayman HospiceCare supporter, said the event will be a fixture for years to come.
“It has been great to see so many people come out and support Cayman Hospice,” Rankin said.
“I have supported many charities over the years, through annual events such as Million Dollar Run and Jet Around Cayman, and I look forward to the Pieces of Eight Poker Run becoming part of the annual calendar for Cayman’s boating enthusiasts,” he added.