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2020 Bayside Poker Run

September 20 @ 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

Boaters will be buoyant to learn the 2020 Bayside Poker Run will be held after all on Sunday, Sept. 20. This fun and leisurely day on the waters will be held between Nandua and Onancock creeks. It will start with a Blessing of the Fleet and a brief ecumenical service at 8:30 a.m. followed by a captains’ meeting at the Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club and conclude with an awards banquet at the club starting at 4 p.m.

The event is being sponsored by the Onancock Rotary Club  with the assistance of the Pungoteague Ruritan Club, who has conducted this event the previous 13 years. Proceeds will go to 10 nonprofit organizations serving the Eastern Shore and scholarships.

A decision had been made earlier not to hold the event this year due to the pandemic, but leaders of both clubs have met recently and felt having a day on the bay and an outdoors venue at the Eastern Shore Yacht & Country Club would allow boaters to gather with all COVID-19 regulations being followed.

Any boat owner may register to participate in the event, which is not a race, but simply boaters choosing their own course and own pace to locate and visit six pre-chosen locations and one mystery location designated on a nautical chart with notes and guidelines.

Registration for the event is $100 for the boat and captain plus $25 for each crew member. Captain’s Sponsors are also available for $250 and includes three crew members plus recognition on signs and in the program. Additional sponsorships 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 Sept. 17 and will be limited to the first 30 boats. Registration forms are available from Courtney Nottingham at mrs.anott2014@gmail.com or by calling 757-710-5739. 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 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.

Prizes will be awarded at the post event banquet with food served by the Island House staff following COVID-19 regulations in an area that allows social distancing. Protocols will also be followed at various checkpoints along the route.

Additional ‘dock prize’ drawings will be held for fishing gear, boating accessories, and other marine items.


September 20
8:30 am - 6:30 pm


Between Nandua and Onancock Creeks