Dean Holcomb Poker Run and Chili Cookoff

Yes, the Poker Run has been renamed after Dean! 


Last summer, we sadly lost Dean Holcomb, a much-loved sailing friend.  And because of the support he provided Barefoot Sailing Club over the years, we decided to honor cherished memories of him with a fun event that he enjoyed.  The (typically) New Year's Day event has been renamed to the Dean Holcomb Poker Run & Chili Cookoff.  We're also grateful to Dean's widow Dee Rosenbaum for her steadfast devotion to Dean and mutual support of the Joan Holcomb Women Skippers Race named after his late first wife and Barefoot Commodore.  Dean's love of Dee was apparent in how he glowed and spoke of her.

Due to COVID-19 this year, we limited the event to the “on the water” activities of a modified game of Five-Card Stud. Next year, we look forward to resuming the Chili Cookoff.

To read more about Dean's life, see:

Memorial Park Funeral Homes

Gainesville Times

Dean on Rumrunner
Dean on foredeck of Rumrunner.
Dean discussing boat design
Dean explaining to Vincent Valdes, President & CEO of Columbia Yachts how to design a fast sailboat the Southern way.
Dean sailing Resurgence
Sailing the resulting carbon sailboat from Columbia, Resurgence.
Dean buffing Rumrunner
Dean buffing Rumrunner to a sleek shine.
Dean sailing Rumrunner
Dean sailing his beloved Rumrunner.
Dean sailing Rumrunner
Dean sailing his beloved Rumrunner with crew on the rail.
Dean Holcomb
We miss you, Dean.
Dee, Dean, Chris, and Tedd
Dee, Dean, Chris and Tedd at the Joan Holcomb Women Skippers Race 2019 awards party.
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