D class comes to the party as spectators flock to Ferry Reach
A large turnout of spectators were treated to some more exciting racing during the second round of the Bermuda Power Boat Association’s 2021 Championship at Ferry Reach on Sunday.
Junior and senior drivers put their skills to the test against each other competing in favourable conditions.
Making their season debut was the D class entries, who missed the June 13 season opener.
Once again the juniors, ranging in from age 10 to 15, kicked off the day’s proceedings competing in the one-design GT15 monohulls.
Tyler James, Shawn Bremar, Isabel Roe and Zauza James were the respective winners of the four heats contested in the 13-foot European-designed boats powered by a stock 30- horsepower engine.
“Once again the juniors put on quite the show for the many spectators that came to watch them,” Robert Cardwell, the BPBA commodore, told The Royal Gazette. “The juniors are all thrilled to be participating and we are seeing them work together very well.”
The adult racing programme saw entries among the four classes represented compete in a 30 -minute offshore race for points to go towards the overall season championship and cash prizes up for grabs.
Ryan Resendes and co-pilot Kieren White clinched B class honours while the team of Howard Ascento and Sadune Raynor and Quincy Dowling and Tai Bean did not finish.
Shawn Butterfield and co-pilot Jermal Woolridge won the first race of the season in the D class. The father-and-son duo of Craig Nesbitt Sr and junior crossed in second while Shaki Easton and co-pilot Makai Hodsoll did not finish.
Shane Madeiros and co-pilot Erin Butterfield and the team of Henry Talbot and Andrew Cottingham were the sole entries in the A class and S class.
“We had planned for two powerboat races but in the first race we had four boats that did not finish due to mechanical break down,” Cardwell added. “As such we scrapped the second race.”
The BPBA has still yet to launch the new jet ski league, which has been delayed owing to mechanical issues.
“Jet ski are still not ready to race, but there may be some momentum in the near future,” Cardwell said.