Message of Safety for 2015 Leverick Bay Poker Run

20 May 2015
Message of Safety for 2015 Leverick Bay Poker Run

Tortola, British Virgin Islands, May 20, 2015 – As participants and revelers get ready to engage in the
2015 Leverick Bay Poker Run, the BVI Tourist Board along with the event organisers, VISAR, and Tortola Sailing School are zeroing in on the message of safety.

Approximately 250 boats are expected in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) waters on Sunday, 24 May for this year’s poker run with vessels arriving from Puerto Rico, Miami and the USVI. “It is the biggest Poker Run to date”, said Nick Willis, manager of Leverick Bay Resort.

While many participants and spectators look forward to the annual event it is critical that the BVI
community and our visitors adhere to the rules, regulations and guidelines that have been put in place. Safety messages include the following: Life vests are to be worn by each person on the boat; captains should have their “kill cord” attached to them; and captains should not be consuming alcoholic beverages.

A Public Service Announcement (PSA) has been created to emphasise the safety message and security measures. To view, please visit this link: https://youtu.be/aSj7wG6SFTk
Director of Tourism, Sharon Flax Mars stated the importance of working in unison as the event garners worldwide attention. “The Leverick Bay Poker Run is fast approaching and the BVI Tourist Board is excited to welcome our repeat guests and new visitors to the destination. As international interest in the event continues to drive visitors to our shores, let us be steadfast in our approach to have a safe celebration; and as we all prepare for the activities surrounding this event let us take the necessary precautions to ensure the well being of everyone involved,” she said.

The Poker Run challenges participants to obtain the best poker hand by collecting cards throughout the BVI. The event will start at 11:00 a.m. and will include stops at JY Harbour View Marina on East End, Tortola; Scaramouche Restaurant on Soper’s Hole, Tortola; Pirates Bight on Norman Island; Rendezvous Bar at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, Virgin Gorda; and conclude at Leverick Bay Resort where participants will turn in their cards.

For the first time, there will be an award presented to the safest boat. The prize consists of a complete small powerboat and RIB course for five students. The course is a donation from Tortola Sailing School and it is valued at $3,750.

To participate, contestants need to take a photo prior, or during the event that showcases the safety
measures the crew is implementing during the event. The photo must be uploaded to the events Facebook fan page (https://www.facebook.com/bvipokerrun) with the hashtag #pokerrunbvi. The participants have until Tuesday, May 26 to upload the photos. The picture that generates the most amounts of Likes and Shares, and best showcases the best safety measures will receive the prize and be named Safest Boat. The winner will be selected on Tuesday, May 26 and will be announced via the Facebook page.

In addition to reviewing the Poker Run rules, participants need to arrive early to attend the Captain’s
meeting prior to the 11:00 a.m. start. The safety rules for the Leverick Bay Poker Run are available at
www.pokerrunbvi.com

For more information and a complete schedule of activities during the Leverick Bay Poker Run 2015, visit the event’s website www.pokerrunbvi.com