Organisers are thrilled with this year’s annual Jet Around Cayman race which was the biggest yet with 37 riders participating.
Hundreds flocked to Public Beach on Monday for Cayman’s biggest jet ski race.
‘The turnout of riders was very encouraging, we seen a lot of retuning riders from last year, our Veteran riders, four female riders and around fourteen new rookies,’ said Kenny Rankin event founder and managing director of Monster Media, which produces the event. ‘The crowd was early on the beach and very enthusiastic; it really builds a up an exciting atmosphere for the race.’
There were 10 more racers this year than last. The race was organized into five classes: open, rookie, veteran, female and pro.
Riders were allowed to overlap in classes and some did, choosing to race some combination of the classes which varied in cash and prizes, totalling US$15,000. In addition to money, riders won gifts courtesy of Lime, Sports Supply, Kawasaki, Oakley and Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica.
First rider home was American visitor Eric Francis who won the pro class category.
Last year’s rookie class winner – Corey Miller of team Naut Wukin – kept up his pace this year and took home the prize as the open class winner. Last year’s winner, Jordan McLean, did not finish.
Followed in a close second was double winner young Daron McLean of team Tryin A thing, a fresh new rider to the event who also took the prize as rookie class winner.
‘It was a tough race today, I am surprised and very happy with the win,’ Corey said in his acceptance speech. ‘I also want to thank all of my team mates and co racers and I want to dedicate this award to them.’
In third place, there was Gary Whittaker of team Nuthin2Lose and the winner of fourth place open class was another double winner Seth Watler of team Wes-Tec who also came in a close second in the rookie class.
Team Wes-Tec had a strong presence in this year’s event with a second double win from veteran class winner Sean Childers who also placed third in the rookie class.
It wasn’t an easy race for Sean Childers who hit some rough waters in the South Sound area throwing him from his craft and injuring his ankle, however he did get back on his craft and make it to the finish line, where he was taken off to hospital for a broken ankle.
‘We are very proud of Sean and his courage to finish the race even after his injury,’ said Don Patrick of team Wes-Tec ‘The whole team wishes him a speedy recovery.’
First place in the Female class went to Sabrina Rankine of Team 2xTreme.
All teams took advantage of the opportunity to construct ‘team tents’ on Public Beach and each was filled to the brim with supporters, memorabilia as this stretch of Seven Mile Beach was transformed into a sporting mecca for the day, complete with the LIME main stage and their own sales head quarters where they had special deals on handsets and top up for the day, as well as their super prize draw for a BlackBerry Storm which went to John Bogle.
Beach goers were treated to the sounds of Vibe DJ’s Yoyo and Neil Sam the accompanied on stage by emcees Gizzy and James Baberfald with entertainment and race commentary.
‘The increase in riders really helps takes the race to the next level,’ added Rankin. ‘I want to congratulate all of the winners and thank all of the riders for participating and making JAC 2009 a great event, and I wish a speedy recovery to Sean Childers.’
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