Jet ski racing saw the start of its local competition.
The Cayman Islands Watercraft Association had their season opener last Sunday at South Sound, presented by Automotive Art and Yamaha. A total of eight teams took part.
Under the direction of new president and former racer George “Lulu” Smith, there were a few changes that seemed to make a lot of folks on Grand Cayman happy; such as the class structure with divisions that included a Beginner Stock, Novice Limited, Amateur Open and Expert Modified.
Also, at the racers’ request, they added an extra moto (which brings the total to four motos) and a whole lot of track time.
The race had added fanfare from Z99.9 and Radio Cayman with giveaways from Pro Rider Magazine and the Good 2 Go racing team. The Beginner class was dominated by Kyle Brooks of the Tony’s Toys racing team, who won three of the four motos. Newcomer Courtney Wisdom and Chad McField finished second and third respectively.
The Novice class had the closest moto scoring of the day. Youngster Vanjae Ramgeet and Tony’s Toys racer Luke Welds both had nines but a better finish in the fourth moto gave Ramgeet the win. In third was “Papi” Gibson.
The Amateur Open was the largest class and also featured some great competition between the top three of Javier Medina, Jordan McLaughlin and Paul Rosseau Jr. Jordan started out great by winning two of the first three motos, in part due to a missed buoy by Rousseau. For the final moto, Medina snuck back into contention as Rousseau Jr got a bad start and McLaughlin had engine gremlins that caused him a Did Not Finish.
In the Expert class, Jason Bush of Tony’s Toy’s was on fire the first three motos, ahead of last year’s champion Roshad Goff, who also races for Tony’s Toys!
Throw GJ Whittaker and Sea Doo pilot Vance Ramgeet in the mix and it was a battle. In the final moto, Whittaker nabbed the holeshot ahead of Bush but Goff charged back.
Bush spun out, Whittaker had problems and Roshad got by with less than a football field to go. It gave the champ a win, but not the overall victory as the top two featured Bush and Whittaker.