Onset Kayak Poker Run sees record numbers

Jun 30, 2018

A record number of kayakers took to Onset Bay on Saturday, June 30, for the Onset Bay Association's annual Kayak Poker Run.

The event challenges kayakers to travel around Onset Bay and collect cards at various locations to try and build a winning poker hand. This year, the event's grand prize was $100.

"People were ready to hit the water this morning," said Onset Bay Association Executive Director Kat Jones. "We're very happy with the weather and the turn out."

According to Jones, 73 kayakers shoved off from Shell Point Beach breaking the event's attendance record for the first time in two years.

Among them was Jennifer Costa of Somerset. Costa previously lived in Onset and has been kayaking for over 20 years. She was the first to reach the finish line on Saturday.

"I know it's not a race," Costa said. "But I might be a little competitive."

Costa said she was happy to be back in Onset Bay for the run, even if her poker hand wasn't a winner.

"The Onset Bay Association does good work," Costa said. "And you really can't find a better spot for kayaking"

Outside of cash prizes, the Onset Bay Association also rewarded kayakers with superlatives for things like "darkest sun glasses" and "worst hand."

All proceeds from the run go towards the Onset Bay Association's operating cost, helping to create more local events.

"There's a lot to enjoy here," Jones said. "We want people to take full advantage of that."