Spartan Powerboat Club Atlantic City Run hits all the right notes

Even those unfamiliar with the New Jersey performance boating scene have probably heard of Thomas Anselmi, who owns a Donzi 38 ZRC sportboat and may well be the brand’s greatest thruster. Anselmi tackled 20 Atlantic City poker runs, dating back to the heyday of the New Jersey Performance Powerboat Club, and was part of a Garden State robbery posse that included Bob Christie, Joe Nasso, the NJPPC President Dave Patnaude, Anthony Sauta, Charlie Amorosi, Pete Kleban and Dennis Patrick Tracy.

Extra-sporty seas greeted participants in this weekend’s Spartan Powerboat Club race in Atlantic City. Photo courtesy/copyright Mike Goode.

Taken too soon and sorely missed, Amorosi, Sauta and Tracy are gone, as is the club founded by Patnaude’s father, Ray. But to borrow from New Jersey’s Bruce Springsteen in his aptly named song Atlantic City“Everything that dies one day comes back.”

For Anselmi, his dear friends Amorosi, Sauta and Tracy are kept alive in his memory every time he hits the water – and with stickers on the side of his precious 38-footer.

“My deceased brothers are still with me,” said Anselmi, one of the true gentlemen of fast boating who hits poker lanes across the country.

As for the Atlantic City event – now dubbed the Total Dollar Yacht Insurance Atlantic City Poker Run In memory of Cory Molinari Sponsored By Shocker Offshore Powerboats – it is well and truly in the hands of Del Flores and New Jersey Spartan Motorboat Club.

But despite it being only his second Atlantic City race with the Spartan Powerboat Club after finishing 18 with the since disbanded NJPPP, Anselmi is everything but stuck in the past.

“Del’s race is different and a bit more laid back, but the Golden Nugget (host site in Atlantic City) stepped up their game and the awards dinner rocked this year,” he said. “Racing without most of my NJPPC family is tough, but Spartan racing is its own event and not trying to recreate the old. It’s easy to separate the two and enjoy both in their own way.

Like 41 other powerboat owners and their guests at this weekend’s event, Anselmi took on “legitimate four- to six-foot boats with eight-foot holes” once the race reached the Atlantic Ocean leg from its starting point at Barnegat Bay Marina in Brick, NJ This led to most attendees turning around and taking the inland route to their Golden Nugget Resort and Casino destination.

Enjoy more footage from this weekend’s Spartan Powerboat Club event.

And once everyone arrived, the party was on.

“I believe this is my fifth year participating in the Atlantic City poker run and I can’t tell you how blessed I feel to be surrounded by such a great group of people,” said Flores. “But what’s really the most exciting thing is seeing old school guys like Joe Calabro, Tom Toto, Tommy Anselmi and Pete Mazzo vibrate with young people like our newest member, Danek Laskowski, who led his Marine Statement center console with eight of his buddies. They won the ‘Wildest
crew award for their enthusiasm and energy, which was simply contagious.

“I really felt the support from Statement Marine’s Nick Buis, who flew in from Florida with his family and a few friends to support the Spartan Powerboat Club,” he added. “They definitely deserved the ‘Travel Team’ award.”

Said Buis, “It was a great race with great people.”

Next up for the club and its members is the July 23 Speed ​​Marine/EZ Boat Fenders Hudson River Lunch Run. But for now at least, Flore is enjoying the success of the Atlantic City happening.

“I feel so lucky to be surrounded by such encouraging and wonderful members,” he said. “I can’t say enough how much I appreciate them.”

Thomas Anselmi pays tribute to his dear friends who died aboard his Donzi 38 ZRC.

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