The equipment has arrived and Cayman Brac is primed for an exciting weekend of high-octane action.
The third annual Brac Surf & Turf – an event that combines jet ski races and a motorcycle rideout – will hit full gear on Saturday and Sunday. Chris Bodden, the event’s organiser and a competitor in the jet ski race, shipped 12 jet skis and 19 motorcycles on a barge from Grand Cayman for the event.
“We have a great system in place,” said Bodden. “It’s going to get bigger and better.”
The action will kick off Saturday with six jet ski races in two different classes – novice and pro-am. The course is a half-mile long, and the races will be endurance style. The novice races will be three, five and seven laps, while the pro-am races will be five, seven and 10 laps around the course.
The event will begin with opening ceremonies at 11:30am, and Bodden said he hopes to have both Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell and Minister of Sports Juliana O’Connor-Connolly present. The races will be run from noon to 4:30pm, and Saturday will conclude with an awards ceremony.
The motorcycles – 19 from Grand Cayman and about 10 or 15 from the Brac – will be on display Saturday, and attendees will have an opportunity to vote on their favourite bikes. Sunday’s rideout will start with a photo shoot at 11:30am and the ride out will begin at around noon.
The ride out is endorsed by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and will have participants from both the Cayman Riderz and Brac Riderz motorcycle clubs.
“We know that there’s been a lot of tension between the police and the riders in the past,” said Bodden. “We want people to know that if you do it safe and properly, there’s no need for animosity.”