Jet Around offers new challenge

Jet Around Cayman may be in its 16th year but promises plenty of fresh excitement. 

The endurance jet ski race around Grand Cayman takes place at Public Beach on the Queen’s Birthday holiday on Monday, 18 June, from 1pm. Locals can expect to see more cash prizes and a new course. 

Event organiser Kenny Rankin, an executive at Monster Media, gave some insight into those changes. 

“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. “We anticipate a record number of racers entering in this race.  

“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 Iron Man class, touting a US$10,000 grand prize, which is the biggest prize in Jet Around Cayman history, it seemed appropriate to retire Mr. Ebanks’ impressive course record.” 

Over US$15,000 will be on offer for the top finishers across five categories. The Iron Man segment offers the biggest prize for the best experienced rider who has been classified as professional by the International Jet Sports Boating Association or American Power Boat Association. 

The Expert-Open division is for riders classed as “Pro” by both associations with first place winning US$2,500, second nabbing US$1,000 and third earning US$500. 

The Rookie class is for brand-new Jet Around participants and they are restricted to riding a stock jet ski, which means bolt-on parts only and no engine porting. The first prize is US$1,000. 

The Amateur division is for new riders not considered “Pro” and first place earns US$500. The Veteran division offers a US$400 first place prize for riders who are over 25 years of age at the time of the event. 

JAC new race

Loads of jet skis will race around Grand Cayman on Monday. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES