Million Dollar Run fails to launch

Million Dollar Run 2013 has once again been foiled by Mother Nature.

Inclement weather postponed the annual water sports spectacle for the second time this year. The decision was made on Monday morning, Constitution Day, after organisers and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Marine Unit deemed sea conditions unsafe for racing. There was tentative discussion about staging the race during Pirates Week, Cayman’s national festival, in November.

Interestingly, race organisers went ahead with a swim wear fashion show at Surfside Beach Restaurant & Bar on Seven Mile Beach. Four models – Alice Brown, Lisaida Swaby, Thia McLaughlin and Coral Tomascik – showcased products from online stores Caymanite Pink and Hello Gorgeous. Patrice Donalds served as emcee for the show.

Million Dollar Run, in its 11th year, was originally scheduled for Monday, 1 April. It was pushed back to the summer due to inclement weather. It was intended to run on the same holiday weekend as Jet Around Cayman 2013, which was also stalled by rough seas last Saturday.

Only six riders and about 150 people came out to Surfside for the 17th year of Jet Around, an annual Jet Ski endurance race. Gary “GJ” Whittaker of team Nuttin 2 Lose repeated as champion for a second consecutive year.

If and when Million Dollar Run launches this year, competition will be 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.

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 vessels.

The event has consistently attracted notable names in speedboat racing, such as defending three-time champion Dale Crighton and Andreas Ugland.