The 16th annual Bayside Poker Run will be held Saturday, July 30 with its headquarters at the Eastern Shore Yacht & Country Club. Sponsored by the Pungoteague Ruritan Club and the Onancock Rotary Club, this event raised almost $10,000 last year for scholarships for local students and to benefit community non-profit organizations serving the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

This annual Bayside Poker Run is a fun day on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and adjoining creeks in the clubs’ community service areas.  Any boat owner may register to participate in the event, which is an opportunity to explore the bay from Onancock Creek to Nandua Creek in a fun and leisurely finish.  It is not a race, but simply boaters choosing their own course and own pace to locate and visit five pre-chosen locations designated on a nautical chart with notes and guidelines.

Registration for the event is $150 for the boat and captain, which also includes four crew members. Extra crew beyond four members are $25 each, and extra poker hand entries are $75. Entries include the meal at the awards banquet following the event and a chance at many dock prizes donated by local merchants,

Captain’s Sponsors are also available for $250 and includes five crew members plus recognition on signs and in the program. Additional sponsorships of $150 are also available for business and individuals who wish to support the organizations who will benefit from the proceeds of the event. 

Registration forms must be received in advance prior to July 22. Entries will be limited to a number of boats the committee feels can be safely handled, so don’t delay. For more information or to obtain registration forms, email Courtney Nottingham at [email protected] or call 757-710-5739 or 789-3500. Registration forms can also be picked up at 25020 Shore Parkway Suite 1E, Onley, Va. 23418 (Onley Town Center). 

Competition in the event will be in two parts. The “navigational skill” part will be for boaters to plot a course which will enable them to “log in” at six specific locations plus two mystery locations within designated time allowances. These locations will be spread among Onancock, Pungoteague, and Nandua Creeks and will be disclosed to all captains simultaneously at a captains’ meeting on the morning of the event. Points in this competition will also be earned in ‘Survivor-type’ challenges in various activities. 

The “luck” part of the event will involve boaters picking up a playing card at each of the six locations and bringing a poker hand to a final destination at 4 p.m.  At this location all boats meet to disclose their hands and have navigation sheets evaluated. The navigation prize will be $500 and the poker prize will be a Fall Vacation Getaway package of equal value for a grand prize total value of $1000. 

Boaters will also receive “dock” prizes at the awards banquet.

In addition, the Onancock Rotary Club is sponsoring a boat raffle featuring a Stingray 172SC with a Bimimi Top, Garmin Depthfinder, fishing package with live well and rod holders, covers and a Road King Trailer. Valued at $36,000, the boat can be won with the purchase of a $30 ticket or four for $100. See any member of the Onancock Rotary or contact Courtney Nottingham at 757-710-5739.

A raffle sponsored by the Pungoteague Ruritan Club features a puppy drum carving by P.G. Ross, a Thelma Peterson print and a Penn Rod and Reel Combo from Sea Hawk. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. See any member of the Pungoteague Ruritan Club or contact Taylor Dukes at 843-276-3208.