Late Live-ish From The Adirondack Chapter Poker Run By Kent O. Smith Jr.

ACBS President Teresa Hoffman, her children and friend Roger take a “groupie” shot onboard her racer “T-14.”

ACBS President Teresa Hoffman, her children and friend Roger take a “groupie” shot onboard her racer “T-14.”

Thanks to fellow Woody Boater and amazing photographer Kent O. Smith Jr for sending us in some amazing photos and story. The other great news is that Kent will also be at the big Clayton Show next week to report in. Take it away Kent!

Header on the Adirondack Chapter blog promoting the event.

Header on the Adirondack Chapter blog promoting the event.

Thanks Matt, The Adirondack Chapter held it’s first Poker Run on Great Sacandaga Lake on July 19th.  The Run was organized by chapter members Adam and Jessica Retersdorf and sponsored by their business located near the lake in Mayfield, NY.

Adam’s parent’s boat, “Triple Play.”

Adam’s parent’s boat, “Triple Play.”

Boats gathered and launched at 10 AM.  First stop was close by at Adam’s parents lakehouse where mimosa’s were served from the dock.  Adam graciously offered the use of his 36’ Donzi center console as the official photo boat for the event.  Photographer Kent Smith was onboard as well as lake local Anders Junger who brought a quadcopter drone to capture overhead stills and video.  Anders runs From Above Media and kindly donated the shots to the chapter.


“Retirement Plan” is a Miss ABPA racer owed and built by Adam, with Jessica at the helm.


“Retirement Plan” at speed.

Other stops on the lake included the Lakeside Tavern, Sport Island Pub, I-Go-Inn and finally Lanzi’s on the lake where we gathered for lunch and to tally the results.

Roger & Maria Johnson’s 1934 Chris Craft Custom 25’, “Recovery.”

Roger & Maria Johnson’s 1934 Chris Craft Custom 25’, “Recovery.”


Roger & Maria Johnson on the 1934 Chris Craft “Recovery” had the best hand and won a gift certificate to the I-Go-Inn.  A great time was had by all – even the kids – despite the lack of enthusiasm looks. HA

Enjoy the Poker run through photographs by Kent!



“T-14” and “Sly Fox.”



Dave and Elizabeth Misener’s 22’ Hacker style gentleman’s racer “Sly Fox” at speed.



Chuck Devoe’s Chris Craft Continental. Note the factory installed GoPro camera



Raceboats departing Sport Island Pub for the next stop.



The Misener family stays cool under the custom top on “Sly Fox.”



Spencer Misener checks under the engine hatch of his dad’s racer.



Spencer just loves wooden boats!



Katerina Hoffman behind the wheel of “T-14.”



Jeanne and Duane Cipas draw a card on “Golden Fury.”



“Recovery” at speed.


“Golden Fury” is a racer converted from a 1957 Chris Craft Holiday and powered by a Chrysler 440.


All the Poker Run participants.


The line up of boats at Lanzi’s with the drone overhead.


Did Kent mention a drone. Ohhhhhh yes he did! Well here they are, the following shots are from Photos by Anders Junger and the drone!

Great Sacandaga Antique & Classic Boat Regatta

Boats gather at Rondack Roots marina for the Poker Run.

Great Sacandaga Antique & Classic Boat Regatta

The gathering by Adam’s parent’s lakehouse. Anders is operating the drone from the Donzi center console boat.

Great Sacandaga Antique & Classic Boat Regatta

Drone3 – “Retirement Plan” about to draw a card.

Great Sacandaga Antique & Classic Boat Regatta

Drone4 – Line up of boats at Lanzi’s on the Lake.

And to top ..get it”top” it all off go pro video of the show from above! Dang!


26 replies
  1. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Those are some BEEAUTIFUL boats!

    Great story and pictures. Love the video.

    Kent I hope you can join us on Cobbossee on the 10th.

  2. Cliff
    Cliff says:

    Fantastic shots especially the drone. You only saw those in the past if taken from a bridge. Nice job?

  3. WoodyGal
    WoodyGal says:

    Great pictures and story Kent O Smith and Anders Junger! Sooo Matt, will we see the Woody Boater drone at Lake Dora?

  4. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    OK Matt, the gauntlet has been thrown down. When are you getting your drone? That is really a cool way to capture an event.

  5. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    That is one heck of a group of boats. The poor Contnental family boat must have felt like a snail amongst all those racers!

    P.s Please remind me to wear a hard hat at any show where Matt S. shows up with a drone!

  6. Chad
    Chad says:

    Thanks Kent and Anders for the wonderful shots! Love the drone footage. Such a great way to see a line up of boats at the dock, and an amazing perspective.

  7. Anders Junger
    Anders Junger says:

    Great writing and photo’s, Kent! Thanks so much for including the drone photos. I truly enjoyed meeting everyone and of course, the boats – Spectacular!

  8. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    Well, no more getting up early for photo shoots…Just program the drone to get up early and start shooting.

    Looks like a fun day for all here…..and do I see a third generation Hoffman becoming of boating age ??

  9. matt
    matt says:

    I have looked into the drone thing.. The issue is over water if they drop.. And they do.. Its gone. Poof! 1700 of wet drone that looks like a dry drone but doesnt work

    • Randy
      Randy says:

      Matt — out west we have a whole lot of planes that land on water, called seaplanes.

      You just put floats on your drone. And you better start constructing yours soon, cuz’ I will be expecting lots of varnished mahogany and chrome on the ‘hull’!!!!!!

      Truly a nice effect.

  10. Alex
    Alex says:

    I know the drone pics are getting all the “gee wiz,” but it’s the photos of the kids that are truly great. Especially this header shot. That’s what it’s all about.

    So much technology is cool, but at the end of the day, it lacks soul.

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      The drone is merely a tool just like a handheld camera. It is what you do with it that counts. You can still capture pictures and videos of kids having fun on the water, just from new angles.

      At any rate, I think I am now prepared for whenever Matt changes his mind. Hard hat? Check! Vodka? Check!

    • Troy in ANE
      Troy in ANE says:

      I’m with you on that Alex!

      Love to see all the Kids running around in the video.

      Want to see a video of Marion in the XK (by herself) now that she survived Outward Bound.

    • Cobourg Kid
      Cobourg Kid says:

      Wholly agree with you Alex. Kent is a master at capturing folks having fun on, in, or even next to wooden boats.

      Although not quite as pristine as Kents’ header shot I’m reminded of one of my own favorite photos

  11. Sean
    Sean says:

    Some drones start at just over $100 bucks.

    some of the guys over at the Donzi site use this one.

  12. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    I’ll try again…

    Great story, great photos, amazing drone video! As I was saying, it’s heart warming and reassuring to see kids enjoying the experience of Woody Boating.

  13. Brian Flaherty
    Brian Flaherty says:

    Amazing photos! Love to see kids having fun messing about in old boats, that’s how I grew up!!

    BUT, I want more information about “Golden Fury”!! My friends and I have talked for years about doing a similar conversion with a Chris Craft “Rocket” to make a “poor man’s racing runabout”…

  14. Kent O
    Kent O says:

    Thanks y’all for the kind comments!

    m-fine, I packed a hard hat and case of vodka for Clayton in case Matt gets a drone by then 🙂

  15. mike favilla
    mike favilla says:

    Great story!

    I would like to know about the “Blue & White” at the dock.

    Real or Reproduction?


    Mike F

  16. Mo Sherrill
    Mo Sherrill says:

    It was so great seeing these pictures of the Adirondack Chapter’s show on The Great Sacandaga Lake shot by Kent O. Smith! Great pics JR! It was fun seeing familiar boats and old friends. A fabulous pic of Katerina Hoffman behind the wheel of T-14! She has grown so much since I saw her last! As one of the early members (early ’70’s) of the Adirondack Chapter of ACBS it’s such a pleasure seeing the Chapter growing and members still having fun with their “woodies” (and now others)! My best to all of you!

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