The Pirate’s Week sports activities were, as usual, enhanced by Red Bull’s extreme sports guests and this year it was daredevil cliff divers.
Andreas ‘Zulu’ Kettner is Red Bull’s sole distributor in the Cayman Islands and he ensured that his two fearless divers had a superb time in between assignments.
“This year we had the cliff divers Orlando Duque the world champion and his friend Jonathan Bernal,” said Zulu. “We had them jump out of a helicopter in George Town harbour and that went down sensationally, it went down really well.
“People loved it and said it was absolutely fantastic. We try to bring something different every year, from sky divers to cliff divers and everything in between. People loved it.
“I’m not too sure what we’ve got for next year but we’re working on it. We’re trying to make it bigger, as we do every year.”
Bernal jumped 150 feet out of the helicopter and Duque topped that with a 200 foot dive.
Zulu is looking forward to Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix which will decide the Formula 1 drivers’ championship. Red Bull took the constructors’ title on Sunday and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel could become drivers champion for the third successive time ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
The race is being shown live at Fidel Murphy’s sports bar on West Bay Road, from 11am, where Fans of Formula 1 in the Cayman Islands always meet. There are free spot prizes for all members.
Vettel holds a 13-point lead over Alonso, who was world champion in 2005 and 2006. Victory for Alonso at Interlagos will give him his third drivers’ crown if Vettel finishes lower than fourth.
Second place for the Spaniard would mean he would only win the title if Vettel failed to make the top seven.
Third spot for Alonso would require Vettel to finish lower than ninth.
Vettel would become only the third driver to win three titles in a row if he secures victory in Brazil, following Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher.
“We were hoping Vettel would win the title at the US grand prix on Sunday but it didn’t quite turn out that way, but it’s looking good for this weekend,” Zulu said. “Alonso is driving well but not well enough. He will be 30 seconds back and it will be a good win for Red Bull. Vettel can make it.
“If Vettel can win this one he is right up there with Aryton Senna and Alain Prost. At 25 he will be the youngest three-time world champion.
“People criticise Vettel’s opposition but Lewis Hamilton, Jensen Button, Kimi Raikkonen and Alonso are all former world champions, which hasn’t happened in a long time. So, obviously, there is great opposition.
“Hamilton going to Mercedes next year will give Red Bull more competition. Mercedes have been a work in progress and they will start competing with Hamilton there.
When you look at it, the cars are so close together, it’s just one tiny thing each race that keeps them apart.
As for Vettel moving on to Ferrari in 2014, Zulu, who despises Ferrari cannot see it happening. “He will never get on the podium with an Italian team. Never, never, never, never…”