Cayman prepares to Jet Around

No summer is complete on these shores without Jet Around Cayman.

The biggest jet ski race in the Cayman Islands is back for a 16th year. Action gets under way at Public Beach on the Queen’s Birthday holiday on Monday, 18 June, from 1pm.

Event organizer Kenny Rankin, an executive at Monster Media, states a new class will greatly increase the prize list.

“Over the last 16 years, Jet Around Cayman has continued to grow in popularity with attendees and riders flying in for this event from all over the world,” Rankin said. “This year, I am proud to announce the addition of the new Iron Man Class. Touting a US$10,000 grand prize, which is the biggest prize in Jet Around Cayman history, we anticipate a record number of racers entering in this race.”

The Iron Man segment is one of five classes and is designed for experienced riders who have been classified as professional by the International Jet Sports Boating Association or American Power Boat Association.

Jet Around is an endurance jet ski race around Grand Cayman. A planning committee, spearheaded by jet ski racing veterans Vincent Ramgeet and Don Patrick, is in effect for this year. Ramgeet is the founder of the Cayman Islands Watercraft Association and owner of Team Good2Go racing, a perennial Jet Around contender, for the past 10 years. Patrick is the technical director of the association and owner of the Wes-Tec Forever race team.

To celebrate the introduction of the new Iron Man class, Jet Around will retire the previous course record. The change might impact the likes of Roshad Goff, the 2011 winner. Rankin states both developments were necessary this year.

“Together Mr. Ramgeet and Mr. Patrick bring an unprecedented level of knowledge and experience to Jet Around. It is an honour to have them on board for this landmark year.

“The course record was set in 2006 by Billy Ebanks with a time of one hour, 11 minutes and 11 seconds. With the addition of the new class, it seemed appropriate to retire Mr. Ebanks’ impressive course record.”

For the first time in race history, each competitor will be equipped with a Global Positioning System tracking device provided by Cayman Armoured Security Service. Data will be available both online and at the Public Beach site so attendees can keep track of the frontrunners.

As usual, a number of activities will take place around the race. On Friday, 15 June, Margaritaville hosts a live concert from 8pm featuring Trinidadian soca artist Patrice Roberts. Saturday, 16 June, sees a road show featuring live remote broadcasts and prize giveaways at various locations. On Sunday, 17 June, Elements Ultra Lounge night club stages a prerace celebration from 12.01am.

On raceday, spectators can expect sights like concerts, volleyball tournaments and a kiddie area to adorn the beach.

The sponsors for Jet Around Cayman 2012 include LIME; Cayman Islands Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture; Cayman Airways; SPIN 94.9 FM; VIBE 98.9 FM; Caymanian Compass; Guinness; Signs of Paradise; WestStar TV; Paramount Carpets; Tropicana Tours; Red Bull; Westin Casuarina Resort and Spa; Tech Marine; Wes-Tec; Cayman Armoured Security Service and Monster Media.