Million thrills and spills made it fun

The eighth annual Ugland Offshore
Racing Million Dollar Run powered into the waters of Seven Mile Beach on Easter
Monday, featuring 12 of Cayman’s most impressive boats and a race which left
spectators in total suspense for its thrills and drama.

 
The competing captains continually switched the lead all the way to the
finish line and some even dropped out of the last two laps due to technical
difficulties. 

As always back on land, excitement
surrounded the extremely competitive Best Crew Contest and one captain scored a
double win – Dale Crighton from team Heavy Metal.

He walked away with the Best Craft
prize and the fastest time overall. Million Dollar Run was presented along with
Ugland Offshore racing by Dragon Bay, Grand Cayman.

Crighton made this year’s win his
fourth over the years, taking home a cash prize and an exquisite Corum
timepiece presented By Magnum Jewellers.

Crighton of Team Heavy Metal raced
in a terrific 42-foot Yellow and Blue Fountain which was also the winner of the
Harbour House Best Craft Trophy.

Crighton was joined on the water by
international throttle-man Troy Hannon of Fort Lauderdale. In second place was
first time racer Michael Ryan of Dragon Bay, competing in an all black 32-foot
Buzzi named ‘The Punisher’ and in third place was Andreas Ugland of Ugland
Offshore Racing in his all red 42-foot Buzzi.

In Circuit Class, the Crighton
Properties, best time prize was won by a captain racing for his first time in
the event, Wayne Kirkconnell taking to the water in a 38-foot Fountain ‘Way To
Go’.

As first time competitors Way To Go
started the race at a good pace, but when they saw Ian Tibbetts of ‘More
Pressure’ and Merlin Seymour of ‘Ole Ally Cat’ drop out of the last few laps
due to engine problems, they soared ahead to win.

In the Goldfield Cayman Outlaw Class,
which encompasses boats under 500 horsepower, Pablo Rousseau of Team Powerplay
in the 32-foot, 500 horsepower Powerplay craft came out the winner.

Team Powerplay also held onto the
prize as Titan Security Best Crew, with a team of girls decked out in a blue
and white sailor dress and captains’ hat.

And the Ugland offshore racing best
poker hand prize went to Bob Watler of ‘Team Happy Ours ll’. After dropping out
of the last lap due to major engine problems; this was the highlight of the
team’s day.

 “We are extremely happy with the new location
of this year’s event,” said organiser Kenny Rankin. “Being able to host the
race on Seven Mile Beach really opens up the event to allow spectator
interaction and builds a lot of excitement for the race. 

“We had a few new captains involved
this year as well as some new and exciting crafts, such as, Michael Ryan in the
Punisher, Ian Tibbetts with his new craft, More Pressure, the Concrete Boyz and
the Concept Dragon Captained by Mario Rankin. 

“A few of the captains experienced
engine troubles during the race, but overall we had a safe race and the
captains had a great time out there.”

* For results and more photos, log
onto www.mdr.ky.

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