Jet Around offers best parties

A holiday weekend offers many options for social engagements. The can’t-miss spectacle now is Jet Around Cayman.

The annual event, now in its 16th year, is more than an endurance jet ski race around Grand Cayman. It’s a celebration and there will be many festivities to hammer that point home. It all gets going this Friday, 15 June, as Margaritaville hosts a live concert from 8pm featuring Trinidadian soca artist Patrice Roberts.

Patrice has been a top performer in the Caribbean for more than a decade. She stormed stages in New York City at Madison Square Garden, Miami, Toronto, London and throughout the region. In 2006, Patrice became the youngest female artist to win a road march with the song “Band of the Year,” which she jointly sang with Machel Montano. Some of her many hits include “Love of my life,” “The Islands,” “Light it up,” “Always be,” “Sugar Boy,” “Till Tomorrow,” “Culture” and “Wuking Up.”

Cayman’s own Jeffrey Wilson will be opening for Patrice, as well as the following DJs: D-Docta, VJ Marz, Operator TNT and Slaughter Rich. Tickets are CI$20 in advance and CI$25 at the door. Advance tickets are available at all LIME locations,

Margaritaville, Funky Tangs, J and M Electronics and VIBE 98.9 FM.

Revellers can then dance the night away at Elements Ultra Lounge night club at The Strand. The Jet Around Cayman Launch Party officially gets going from 12.01am on Sunday, 17 June. DJ Von, Jazzy T from Renaissance Sounds of Miami and DJ Lin will call the tunes while party-goers get to mix with jet ski riders and teams.

Monday, 18 June, is race day with the action starting at Public Beach from 1pm. While the racers rev their engines and ride the waves for some US$16,000 in prize money, spectators will have plenty to do and see on the beach. Expect live concerts from various local acts, a bikini contest, beach volleyball and a revamped kids zone to be among the offerings on the Queen’s Birthday holiday.

If that fails to capture attention, then maybe the drama on the water might be of interest. Event organizer Kenny Rankin, an executive at Monster Media, states the focus is on a new class with a huge prize.

“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 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.