Seven Mile Beach is the place to be

This
weekend is a boon for sports. The 2010 World Cup starts on Friday and a bevy of
local sporting events are on tap over the next three days.

Arguably
the biggest of those is the 14th annual Jet Around Cayman jet-ski race. Seven Mile Beach
will be the site of all the action on Monday, which doubles as the Queen’s
Birthday national holiday. The afternoon delight kicks off at 11am though the
race itself is at 1pm. Football fans should not fear as there is plenty of time
to catch Holland taking on Denmark (6.30am) and Japan facing Cameroon (9am) in
the World Cup.

This
year’s 52-mile nautical course will be similar to previous years with riders
leaving the waters off the public beach coast and racing around Grand Cayman. Last year’s Jet Around Cayman event had 37
riders vying for first place, which was won by pro rider Eric Francis, with the
fastest time overall of 1:13:30.

This
year’s event sees a number of twists. First of all there will be a number of
international riders in International Jet Sports Boating Association Hall of
Famer Chris MacClugage and a Guadeloupe team led by Davy Vaitilingon, 24,
Guadeloupe’s Offshore Racing champion and the 2007 world champion.

Aside
from the international flair, the national jet ski association termed the
Cayman Islands Watercraft Association will be present. It worked with
organisers to help create six different rider classes according to skill level:
female, open, rookie, veteran, amateur and pro class. Jet ski association
president Vincent Ramgeet stated this year’s competition should do well to
thrive off the popularity of jet skis in Cayman.

“Jet
ski racing has become a passion and hobby for many Caymanian youth and is yet
another tie to our love of the ocean and our seafaring heritage,” Ramgeet said.
“It is also a competitive sport that the young people have access to here on
the Island; it’s affordable and attainable for
those in their teenage years and into young adulthood.”

While
the riders are doing their thing, there will be many activities on the beach
for spectators from a three-on-three volleyball tournament to kids’ games. Food
and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the day.

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