Even with the on-and-off rains, race fans lined the beach at Public Beach on the Queen’s Birthday holiday on Monday, 18 June, for the 16th annual Jet Around Cayman race, presented by LIME.
Gary “GJ” Whittaker, racing for the Nuttin 2 Lose team, dominated the waters around Grand Cayman to become the 2012 champion. Whittaker napped first place in the Pro-Expert class with a time of one hour and 31 minutes.
Monster Media executive Kenny Rankin comments, “Jet Around Cayman 2012 was a tremendous success. We had a record number of new riders enter this year in the rookie class with some as young as 17-years-old. After 16 years, I am pleased to see that the sport of jet ski racing continues to grow in the Cayman Islands.”
The most popular class to compete in was the Expert-Open class, touting three prize groups. Whittaker also nabbed the coveted first place trophy. Team-mate Javier Media came a close second with a time of 1.38 to garner second place and Scott Hydes, racing for Wes-Tec, earned third place with a time of 1.40.
The Amateur trophy went to Kaleb Ebanks, racing for Wes-Tec, with an impressive time of 1.36. The fan favourite and most closely watched race, the Rookie division, introduced the next generation of jet ski champions. Benjamin Cupid, racing for Nuttin 2 Lose, captured first place with a time of 1.43, to the delight of a very enthusiastic crowd.
In all, race prizes included a cash pool exceeding US$10,000, as well as iPhone 4S phones from LIME, airline tickets from Cayman Airways, gift certificates, Go Pro cameras and various other prizes from Kirk Marine, among others.
Jet Around 2012 was sponsored by LIME, Cayman Islands Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture, Cayman Airways, Caymanian Compass, SPIN 94.9 FM, VIBE 98.9 FM, Guinness, Tropicana Tours, Red Bull, Westin Casuarina Resort and Spa, Signs of Paradise, Kirk Marine, Westar TV, Paramount Carpets, Wes-Tec, Cayman Armoured Security Service, Tech Marine and the official event organiser, Monster Media.