Jet skiers are off to Florida

Young Caymanians who competed in the recent Jet Around Cayman races come together to present a united team to compete in the Watercraft Challenge jet ski race.

The team has yet to be announced and they will compete in Florida on August 16.

The race will attract a crowd of over 10,000 with exposure by the Florida media to several hundred thousand viewers.

In order to participate in world finals in Arizona, a rider must participate in a prescribed number of sanctioned events and be within the top 25 riders.

Unfortunately, these events are not held in Cayman so local riders must go overseas to participate and gain the recognition as a world class rider.

The level of skill and competency in Cayman riders are well within the category, as proven with the success of Caymanian Jason Smith.

‘Jason has high respect for the local riders that currently compete locally,’ said organiser Vincent Ramgeet. ‘Therefore we think it is time for Cayman to come forward and get the recognition that it truly deserves thru these young riders.

‘Following JAC 2008 the participating teams got together to investigate the feasibility of forming a Cayman team to participate in this upcoming event with the intent of going to such events until we qualify the riders for world finals.

‘Whilst we appreciate this would be much better supported if there was a local PWC association we feel this will spawn such an association through camaraderie and collaboration of the local teams coming together in such events.’

The delegation is currently being managed by individual team managers from the following local teams: Good2Go, WesTec, Tony’s Toys, Naut Wukin, Trying a Ting.

Jet ski racing has become a passion and hobby for many Caymanian youths and is yet another tie to local love of the ocean and seafaring heritage.

It is also a competitive sport that youngsters have access on the island; it’s also affordable and attainable.

The jet skis will be able to carry corporate logos when they race in Florida. They will be placed on banners, riders’ clothing, crews’ clothing, give-aways and support vehicles. ‘This can be a direct benefit to any corporate sponsor to the team,’ added Ramgeet.

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