Million Dollar Run stalls out

Inclement weather is pushing back a popular speedboat race.

Million Dollar Run 2013 is being postponed until this summer. According to Monster Media representative Julia Simmons, the situation was discussed with event participants.

“Due to the bad weather forecast for this weekend and after discussing the weather situation with several captains, we have decided to move this year’s Million Dollar Run to Constitution Day, Monday, 1 July,” Simmons said.

According to a forecast posted on the main Cayman Islands government website, winds would be coming from the northeast 15 to 20 knots heading into Saturday. Seas will be rough with wave heights of 4 to 6 feet and a small craft advisory is in effect.

Million Dollar Run, in its 11th year, was originally scheduled for Easter Monday, 1 April. Monday’s race would have started and finished directly in front of Surfside Beach Restaurant and Bar for the first time.

As in previous years, competition is split into three boat classes – “Pleasure Class”, “Circuit Class” and “Offshore Class”. The Pleasure Class, introduced in 2011, is a new grouping for fishermen-style and leisure boats as well as new captains who would like to get involved in the race.

The Circuit Class is open to experienced racers and medium performance crafts. The Offshore Class is designed for the most experienced captains and high performance crafts.

Million Dollar Run, sponsored by The Cayman Islands Journal, has consistently attracted notable names in speedboat racing, such as defending three-time champion Dale Crighton and Andreas Ugland.