Watercraft racing is increasing in
popularity around Cayman and that is partly because of the efforts of Shane
‘Nobee’ Edwards, managing director of 2Frenzied Ltd and the East End Surf
Challenge. He is a former racer himself now turned promoter who has established
the East End Surf Challenge in January as one of Cayman’s best water sports
Edwards is generating interest in
other watercraft events in East End, and on Saturday, 24 July, he organised the
Bull Run in Pirates Cove. The main sponsor was Red Bull and Cayman distributor
Andreas ‘Zulu’ Kettner ensured his girls Shari Walton and Kelly Williams gave
out plenty drinks to keep everyone’s spirits up.
It featured four riders who took
turns in racing over a quarter-mile stretch using only two watercraft. To
ensure the races were truly about the ability of the riders and not the machines,
they swapped over racers throughout the afternoon. It was Don Patrick’s West
Tec team riders who prevailed. Mark Bothwell and Billy Ebanks were the
afternoon’s winners over Nigel Cowan and Nicholas Hydes.
The attendance wasn’t great, partly
because of the showery weather. But this was only the third time since 2002
that the Bull Run was held. It will take a bit more time – and lots more
promotion – but deserves to be a success because Pirates Cove is so picturesque
and East End is the perfect setting for jet ski racing.
Edwards said: “The venue was set up
very nicely and the food provided by Woods Jerk was mouth- watering. Bristol
Entertainment Girls did a brief fashion show and we danced the night away to
the tunes of Sound Revolution, DJ Lexus, DJ Aechie, DJ Cross (Audox Sound), and
Mad Indian. We look forward to the event again next year on the 4 July holiday.