On Sunday 18th July, the Trinidad & Tobago Jet Ski Racing Federation kicked off its second round of championship Jet Ski Racing at the San Fernando Yacht club.
Racing action was delayed for more than an hour after its scheduled 1.00pm start because of excuses from the Trinidad & Tobago Red Cross as to why they did not have a driver to send….yes folks the management of the Trinidad & Tobago Jet Ski Racing Federation could not believe it either, since the Red Cross services were paid for wayyyy in advance of Sunday’s event.
However, after a few choice words from the Management to the Red Cross administration, and the Race Director’s insistence that the Federation was not going to renege on contractual obligations to Competitors, sponsors and onlookers alike, and that no racing could happen without an ambulance present, finally one was sent.
That being the only major hiccup, the event got underway. Spectators were treated to a compact day of Jet Ski racing action, with twice the amount of participants as the last event.
Two of the three classes were both fully subscribed – the 901 to 1200 cc and the 1200 cc and over and supercharged.. The smallest class 601 – 900 cc had no competitors that day … So I am guessing bigger is better then, with everyone wanting to cop the accolade “the fastest ski this side of the water” …
Relative newcomer Kallai Phillip, aka Smiley dominated his class of 901 – 1200 cc coping an impressive 2 wins out of his three races, giving him all the more reason to smile…His hat trick was washed out of his reach by Lawrence Sumair, one of the youngest riders of the Federation, who managed to take the win in the first race of that class. For his 2 wins, Kallai Phillip was declared Champion Driver of the day for the 901 – 1200 cc class.
In the 1201 cc and over and supercharged class Steve Ghany Jr. once again proved to be a force to be reckoned with, blowing all competition out of the water in his class, to cop the coveted Champion Driver of the Day in this powerful class with all three wins in his races. Kristian Keppel will be the rider to watch in the next round of this class as he impressively closed the gap this session between him and Steve Ghany Jr, showing tremendous improvement in his riding skills.
Much later that evening, after all the racing action was complete, the spectators were given the opportunity to see their favourite riders collect their trophies at the prize giving, which was held in the relaxing ambiance of the setting sun and lapping waves, just outside of the San Fernando Yacht Clubhouse, against the backdrop of main sponsor RED BULL’s music truck.
Missed all this action ? Well be sure not to miss the next event, August 22nd, Raft About, where there will be Jet Ski Drag Racing. The next event of the Trinidad & Tobago Jet Ski Racing Federation, also promises to be exciting - a grand South to North Race in October, sponsored in part by Hott 93 !! For more information on this feel free to contact the Federation @ 620 – 1604 or look up our page on Facebook.