Million thrills at Kaibo

The annual Ugland Offshore Racing Million Dollar Run went off without a hitch on Easter Monday at Kaibo.

The seventh running of the event featured 14 of the Cayman Island’s most impressive boats and a race, which left spectators in suspense as the competing captains continued to switch lead all the way to the end.

Again this year excitement surrounded the extremely competitive Best Crew Contest and there was one team this year who were lucky enough to be double winners – Team L. They walked away with the best hand prize and the fastest time in the circuit course.

Million Dollar Run is presented along with Ugland Offshore racing by Secret Harbour at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Resorts.

Coming in first for the Best Time – Offshore prize, Andreas Ugland Jr made this year’s win his second in three years, taking home $2,000 in cash and an exquisite Corum timepiece. Ugland Jr of Ugland Offshore Racing raced in a terrific 32-foot Fabio Buzzi and was joined on the water by throttle-man Phillip Ratcliffe.

In Circuit Class, the best time prize was won by Lewis Ebanks with his spectacular 46-foot Black Thunder ‘Team L’.

As a first time competitor it seemed Team L had beginner’s luck as they also drew the best hand of the day. With winning the best time in the circuit class and the best hand, Ebanks won $12,000 in total cash prize and along with a beautiful Corum timepiece.

In the outlaw class, which encompasses boats under 500 horsepower, Team Candyman the thirty-three foot, 500 horsepower Concept – captained by Cornelis De Boer – came out the winner. Winning $500 cash.

The Candygirls – last year’s winner of the best crew prize lost their title to the eight strong all girl crew Team Powerplay, each decked out in a black and white checkered racing one piece and silver aviators.

But the Candygirls did not go down without a fight treating the crowd to a sweet half time bikini fashion show, candy and calendars. The Best Crew prize is $500 cash.

Million Dollar Run had guests to the Island from two popular international power boating magazines; Performance Boating and H20 Full Throttle who were covering the event.

‘We are again extremely happy with this year’s event,’ said organiser Kenny Rankin. ‘We had 16 captains register at the Captain’s cocktail reception, not all were able to race on the Monday due to boat troubles, but we see the event grow each year and hope we can encourage more international racers for next year through the participation from the international press. Overall we had a safe race and the captains had a great time out there.’

Captains also allowed spectators to get a lot closer to their boats this year on Saturday, at The Baracadere Marina for The Barcadere Race Village, showcasing what crafts they would be entering in the race.

Secret Harbour at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman resorts with their Reva was the official paceboat for the event.

Audi Cayman showed pre race footage in the Audi Race Review Tent and also exhibited the luxurious seven seater vehicle, the Audi Q7, Butterfield were alongside offering information on their Easter promotion of 100 per cent financing.

Jay Ehrhart of Radio Cayman and James Beberfald provided race commentary from the CayCompass.com Commentary Tent on stage.

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