Million thrills again

Grand Cayman’s premier power boat
race Million Dollar Run is on again this weekend with events spanning from Thursday
through to Easter Monday.

Organisers are set to wow the
crowds on race day with the introduction of the brand new location of Seven
Mile Beach, where for the first time every spectator will be able to see the
full race right on the beach front on Monday.

The race will once again consist of
two classes; the Circuit Class, broadening the range of those who compete in
MDR. It is designed for the pleasure boaters and any new captains wishing to
get involved in the event.

There is also the Offshore Class
designed for the more experienced captains and higher performance crafts.

The new route will entail an
exciting rolling start from the Marriott Beach Resort area 300 yards offshore.

The crafts will then blast up Seven
Mile Beach heading west towards the Public Beach area and continue to Northwest
Point, before making a turn and heading back South towards the Thompson Mooring
in George Town, then making another sharp turn before heading back to Royal

The captains participating in the
offshore leg of the course will run the entire route for six laps a total of 45
miles for the fastest time offshore.

The Circuit Course is a shorter and
tighter version of the main route and those participating in this class will
complete a total of four laps battling for prize for best time Circuit Class.

Typically 20 boats will compete for
six prizes including Best Time (Offshore and circuit), Best Hand, Best Crew,
Best Craft and Outlaw Class (boats competing under 500 horsepower.)

For the poker run element of the
race cards are chosen randomly before, during and after the race to form a full
five-card hand for each captain at the race’s conclusion.

This race has a high calibre of captains
participating and returning to the event year after year.

Andres Ugland Sr. of Ugland
Offshore Racing, a previous winner in 2004, will race in the offshore class
participating for the eighth year. 

He is a master of his trade and
continues to impress the crowds. Since the debut of his team in 1991, Ugland
has continued to excel in his craft and win European, national and world
titles. He is, without a doubt, an asset to the Million Dollar Run.

Dale Crighton, a Caymanian
entrepreneur, is back to regain the title for best time in the Offshore Class
after he dropped out of the race early last year due to mechanical problems. In
2008 he dominated the water with his 42-foot Fountain ‘Heavy Metal’ and took
home the trophy!

Event co-founder, Kenny Rankin is
thrilled with the new route for Million Dollar Run and is preparing for a very
exciting event.

He said: “Million Dollar Run is in
its eighth year now and each year one of our main objectives has been to
involve spectators and race crews more in the race.

“With the course now being on Seven
Mile Beach it really opens up the event to appeal to a much larger audience and
a wider variety of people, each year we want to bring something bigger and better
to Grand Cayman with Million Dollar Run.”  

The start and finish location, with
the main stage for prize presentations will be held at Royal Palms.

For those who want to enjoy the
party atmosphere there will be various spectator locations along Seven Mile Beach,
with Calico Jack’s hosting the beach party with DJ Billy Corduroy from Spin
94.9 FM and the MDR Beach BBQ will be held at the Ritz-Carlton beach front. Tickets
CI $60.

Just like year, the party starts
well before race day and teams are encouraged to take part in the festivities.
The Captain’s Cocktail reception at the Grand Old House is at 7pm on Thursday 1
April, which is also the last time at which to register. Saturday 3 April Million
Dollar Run hosts the second annual ‘Barcadere Race Village’ at Barcadere Marina
allowing close inspection of the Million Dollar Run boats. That starts at 2pm.

The Banquet Dinner for the captains
will be replaced with Sunday Brunch at Abacus in Camana Bay. Limited tickets
are available for additional guests wishing to attend.

The Ugland Offshore Racing Million
Dollar Run is presented by Dragon Bay, Grand Cayman; Corum Watches exclusive to
Magnum Jewelers, Audi,, Butterfield, Barcadere Marina,
Scotts Landing and Valvtect Marine Fuel, Ketel One Vodka, Taittinger champagne,
Heineken, Titan Security, Crighton Properties, Sign Solutions Graphics and Web
Design, Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and Paramount Media.

more information on registration, log on to
or contact Jade Whitelaw at Monster Media on (345) 949 8423.

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