What could be a better way to spend a beautiful summer day than watching high-powered boats speed across some of Michigan’s most beautiful bodies of water?
Boyne Thunder is a highly anticipated annual event where high-performance boats gather from around the Midwest, putting on an impressive display of both visuals and power while raising funds for the community and charities. The event starts on Friday evening in Boyne City, where you can stroll the streets of downtown and also check out the participating boats docked in the marina. Saturday, the boats slice through the water, starting and ending on Lake Charlevoix in Boyne City,
How it works
Boyne Thunder is not a race, it’s a poker run. This game of chance assembles some of the hottest boats in the Midwest to have fun on the water and showcase their big rigs. Each boat navigates a carefully charted course that includes five checkpoints. The boats must stop at each checkpoint to collect one playing card, which is sealed in an envelope. This year’s 150-mile course starts in Boyne City and leads the boats to Elk Rapids, Northport, Bay Harbor, Harbor Springs and back to Lake Charlevoix’s Horton Bay. Later in the evening at the party, the participants play their 5 cards and the crew with the best poker hand is declared the winner!
During the race, a Champagne Cruise benefiting Camp Quality Michigan will be hosted by North Harbor. Participants enjoy a up-close view of the spectacular Boyne Thunder boats, tasty appetizers and beverages from local restaurants. 100% of proceeds collected from tickets and donations benefit Camp Quality, and can make a difference in the life of a child with cancer by providing them with the joy of a summer camp experience.