Racers riding wave of support

Jet ski racing figures to nab solid support in 2013.

At the recent Cayman Islands Watercraft Association 2012 National Championship Series awards ceremony, numerous community members expressed their desire to help the sport grow in the future. Among them was Reginald ‘Choppy’ Delapenha, owner of the Grand Caymanian Resort.

“We’re excited about hosting future events,” Delapenha said. “We’re looking forward to a long and beneficial relationship between the association and the Grand Caymanian.”

The resort served as a venue for some of the races this year. Onlookers would see a number of riders excel as Roshad Goff of Tony’s Toys Watercraft Racing emerged the Expert Class champion and Javier Medina of Nuttin 2 Lose was the Amateur Class winner. Luke Welds of the Tony’s Toys crew won the Novice Class with team-mate Kyle Brooks taking the Beginner’s Class crown.

Overseeing much of that success would be race director Mike Young. The Florida native states he intends to keep coming down to officiate races.

“There are some great young people in Cayman,” Young said. “It was a pleasure to be here and I hope to be here for the continuance of the association.”

A number of the local champions went on to chase international glory at the 2012 International Jet Sport Boating Association World Finals in Lake Havasu, Arizona. Goff, who emerged as a world champion by winning the Amateur Stock class, and Medina headlined the contingent, which featured 2011 world champ Jordan ‘JJ’ McLean, Gary ‘GJ’ Whittaker and Vanjae ‘VJ’ Ramgeet.

For Sharon Smith, who owns Reliable Industries, those performances speak to the quality of young people in Cayman.

“My husband, the late Steve Smith, would be delighted in the growth and present group of young men,” Smith said. “My son, Jason Smith, was one of Cayman’s first jet ski champions and I will continue to sponsor the sport in Cayman.”

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