Folks, this is THE see and be seen event in the boating industry! Named "One of the Top Five Poker Runs in the Nation
" by Performance Boats Magazine, Desert Storm 2014 is guaranteed to be a world-class collection of the most prestigious performance boats from across the nation! Racing from the heart of Lake Havasu (starting at Site Six
off of the island) to Spectator Point
, top speeds upwards of 160+ MPH are not uncommon here. Last year's top speed -- a whopping 180 MPH by Don London in his Skater 388! The air will be buzzing with the racers' helicopter teams flying above the boats right above the water.
Kicking off the event on Wednesday is the 2nd Annual "Krusin' for Kids"
event. Under-privileged and special needs children and adults will be coming from all over the state to have their dreams come true, one 'Kruse' at a time. Volunteer participants will take guests out for a 'Kruse' around the lake, starting at the Nautical Beachfront Resort/Turtle Bar boat docks
, and back again to the Nautical's pool area
where they will enjoy a fun-filled day created just for them. 'Krusin' for Kids' is hosted by LakeRacer LLC
, Teague Custom Marine
, and New Horizons.
Wednesday night, LakeRacer LLC presents a silent and live auction at the Desert Storm Open House
, hosted by Oregon Custom Marine
(1515 Industrial Blvd.
). Proceeds from the auction will go to New Horizons to continue helping families in need. Come meet some of the best people in performance boating you could possibly meet!
As if that's not enough, the Thursday Desert Storm Street Party
located on Lake Havasu's Main Street
is ELECTRIC -- and last year's turnout was over 40,000 people! Many of the boats racing will be on display up and down the boulevard and will take your breath away with their massiveness. Whether
you enjoy viewing extreme sport boats or just want to speculate on who
will win this year, you do not want to miss out on the excitement of the
Thursday night Desert Storm Street Party
, see the boats in their full glory on the water at the Desert Storm Boat Parade & Poker Run
. Racers will be displaying their boats on parade from Thompson Bay
and through the Bridgewater Channel
. The best views will be The Nautical Beachfront Resort
, English Village
, and the Bridgewater Channel
. After the parade, the drivers will be taking off for the Poker Run, picking up cards at various card stops on the lake. Poker stops include Havasu Springs, Havasu Landing, Thompson Bay, Black Meadow Landing, and Crazy Horse. Friday after the Poker Run, boaters will "raft up" and enjoy a water-front Concert & Beach Party in front of The Nautical Beachfront Resort
; this event is open to all boaters by purchasing a raft-up flag in advance. Contact LakeRacer LLC
starts the famous and heart-rumbling Desert Storm Shootout
, where racers run a two mile course starting near the Site Six Launch Ramp
south along the California side of the lake. 30 different classes will be competing, and the speeds are breathtaking! Best viewing for the Shootout will be on the surrounding bluffs on the Island near Site Six
to Spectator Point
EVENT SCHEDULE & TIMES
Spectators, please be extra careful if you're boating on the lake over the weekend as boat traffic will be unusually heavy.