Action packed weekend with Million Dollar Run

The Million Dollar Run took to the waters this weekend, with an exciting line-up of parties, events and, of course, the powerboat race.

Million Dollar Run

Kenny Rankin hands over the Ugland Offshore Racing trophy to Best Time Offshore winner Dale Crighton and throttle man Gary Ballough of GB Racing in the CayCompass.com Commentary Tent. Photo: Joanna Lewis

Now in its sixth year, MDR has become a mainstay on the yearly entertainment calendar, offering a heady mix of adrenaline fuelled fun, parties and more.

Captains taking part in the 2008 Million Dollar Run gathered for cocktails and hor derves at the Grand Old House on Good Friday evening prior to the registration for the event.

The captains, together with their crews and sponsors, traded anecdotes and good-humoured banter in the magnificent Caribbean dining room before settling down to listen to the more serious rules and regulations of the competition.

A question and answer session was held, following which the captains mingled with friends, family and other invited guests before departing for the MDR welcome bash which went on until the early hours of Saturday morning at District 6 nightclub.

MOONLIGHT LOUNGE

Million Dollar Run festivities continued Saturday, with the eagerly awaited welcome banquet.

The event, dubbed Moonlight Lounge, was held at the Ritz-Carlton’s Periwinkle restaurant, and gave sponsors, racers and guests an opportunity to mingle before the big race.

A heavy downpour threatened to put a halt to the night’s proceedings, but quick thinking organisers, along with the help of Ritz-Carlton staff, moved tables and displays to shelter, allowing the party to get under way.

Moonlight Lounge kicked off with a champagne reception, where guests had the opportunity to view artwork by prolific local artist Nikcola McCoy. This year’s featured artist, guests were quick to bid on her work in a silent auction, with funds going towards the event’s official beneficiary, Junior Achievement Cayman Islands.

The on-site exhibition, which featured the artist’s signature abstract and colourful pieces, was staged by the Morgan Gallery, who joined the organisers of MDR for the second year running.

Adding to the glitz of the night was a trunk show featuring stunning watches by Jacob & Co and jewellery courtesy of Tanzanite International.

Following the receptions, guests feasted on a delicious three-course meal exquisitely prepared by the Periwinkle team, paired with chilled-out beats deftly spun by popular DJ Alexi.

The night wrapped up with dancing, a festive party atmosphere as all geared up for the big race on Monday.

RACE DAY

Race day was Monday, and despite the soggy conditions, Caymanians in their hundreds turned out at Kaibo, many taking advantage of the ferry put on especially for the event. And they weren’t disappointed since there was so much going on.

Crowds were kept entertained throughout the day with a full roster of entertainment featuring local musicians and DJs, while the 12 captains battled the waves in one of the fastest races ever in Cayman.

Excitement surround this year’s super competitive Crew Contest; the new Circuit Class and the year’s only double winner – Team Powerplay – who walked away with a combined $12,000 in cash prizes.

Captains were hosted in the all-new Ford Flashback Tent where Vampt Motors Ford showed off their brand new CUV, the Ford Edge, and flat screens played back the first clips or race footage, immediately after the race.

The captains also got the VIP treatment in the Gatorade Captains Prep Tent where there was plenty of food and drink available from various sponsors.

The introduction of Circuit, an innovation for pleasure-boat owners was hugely popular. They got a chance to experience a tight circuit style race within the sound of Kaibo.

A Party Mart kids’ zone was the final touch of a great day of family fun.

‘We are very happy with this year’s event,’ stated co-founder and marquee sponsor Andreas Ugland. ‘Despite the rain, we had a safe race and a great day. I’m proud of the captains and I think everyone had a good time.’

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RESULTS

Best Time – Offshore prize – Dale Crighton.

Circuit Class – Ian Tibbetts.

Outlaw Class – Team Powerplay, captained by Pablo Rosseau.

Best Crew – The Candygirls, representing Team Candy.

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