Organisers of Jet Around Cayman, took to the road again this year with a campaign search to find the next champion before the big race.
‘JAC Road Rules’ closed with a Riders Meet and Greet at the Brick House last night, where spectators were able to meet this year’s riders as they prepared for their pre-race interviews and put on their game faces for Jet Around Cayman’s Race day on Monday June 15 at Public Beach.
This weekend is the start of the celebrations for the thirteenth annual Jet Around Cayman, jet ski race with the Fantasy Friday Party tonight at the Next Level Nightclub on Seven Mile Beach, this is the riders’ last chance to relax before putting in the last few practices for the race.
With a record 30-plus riders set to hit the water, it is anyone’s guess to who will walk away with the prizes. The categories which riders will be participating in this year will be Open Class, Rookie Class for the first time racers of JAC, Veteran Class for riders over 35 years of age and the International Class with a chance to win over $15,000 in cash and prizes.
‘I am proud to say that after 13 years of hosting Jet Around Cayman we are still attracting exciting new riders in the rookie class as well as having the continued support from previous riders,’ Kenny Rankin, managing of Monster Media stated.
‘I know Monday will be a tight race, as these riders have been training for months and working out hard, it will be an exciting race.’
Public Beach will be transformed into the Jet Around Cayman Race Arena as emcees James Barbarfald and Gizzy will host the LIME Main Stage for pre race entertainment with Vibe DJs Neil Sam, Steven King and Yoyo.
There will be many attractions including the JAC Calendar girls signing copies of the brand new calendar, a Blackberry Storm Prize give a way from LIME as well as other great sponsor prizes from Heineken, Kawasaki, Reggae Sumfest Jamaica and Oceanspray.
The day’s entertainment is at 12pm and the race starts at 1pm sharp with riders leaving the Public Beach coast and setting off on the intense round-island course.
There are plenty of family friendly activities in the Jet Around Cayman Calendar including Saturday Nights Teen Jam at King’s Sports Centre from 7- 11pm with DJ Von and DJ Neil Sam.
Excellent prize give a ways for the teens to win including a brand new mountain bike, Mp3 players, CDs and Video Games.
All you have to do is dance in the LIME ‘Storm’ Dance off.
Of the riders in the JAC,
Jordan ‘JJ’ McLean is the defending champion in the Open Class.
Racing in the event since 2003, McLean showed last year that perseverance pays off in the end.
Racing around Grand Cayman on choppy waters at up to 70mph needs a multitude of skills, including supreme fitness, balance and strength and McLean showed this winning the race in 1 hour 14 minutes and 22 seconds, on his then brand new Kawasaki Ultra 250.
Entering the race again this year, McLean is looking to defend his title and come out with more power, aiming to win with all the speed he can.
Vance Ramgeet is an experienced rider in Jet Around Cayman.
He is returning to race for the sixth year in Team Good to Go, Ramgeet will be competing on a Black Seadoo RXP, Turbo charge for the best time in the open class.
A seasoned rider also competing in the East End Surf Challenge and the Wes-Tec Nationals, Ramgeet is a strong challenger. Whatever the outcome on race day he wants to make sure he has fun in the competition.
Corey Miller of Team Naut Waukin finished first place in the Rookie Class in Jet Around Cayman 2008.
Riding now for two and a half years, Miller is sure to be a rival to his friend McLean and will be worth keeping and eye on during this year’s race as he was a close second behind McLean last year.
Miller has also competed in other races helping build his skills. This year he will be competing on a 2009 Kawasaki Ultra 260X and his only aim is to take the first place position.
The rookies of Jet Around Cayman are strong and competitive, hungry to give the experienced riders a run for their money and young racer Ian Dilbert is no different.
Dilbert has been riding Jet Ski for three years now and has participated in the Wes-Tec Nationals. He will be entering Jet Around Cayman for the first year as a rookie on a Yamaha FX 160 with handling modes and his goal is for him and his bike to make it across the finish line safely.
JAC has some of Cayman’s best riders participate year after year one of them being George Smith returning once again in the veterans class.
Riding for 10 years, Smith has participated in Jet Around Cayman six times as well as having experience in races such as, East End Surf Challenge, Tony’s Toys Island tour and Caymart Wavefest. Racing on a 2008 Kawasaki 250, Smith is aiming to win his class safely.
- For more information on any of the Jet Around Cayman Weekend Events, visit www.jac.com.ky