Jet skis finally ready to join the party
Jet-ski racing is poised to make its belated season debut at Ferry Reach on Sunday.
The relaunch of the Bermuda Power Boat Association’s new jet-ski league was delayed owing to mechanical issues.
However, the BPBA has confirmed that the jet-ski season will finally begin when racing resumes this weekend.
“Jet-ski racing will join junior racing and powerboats this Sunday,” Robert Cardwell, the BPBA commodore, told The Royal Gazette.
“I think we have four to six racing, number to be confirmed. We will be racing two races in a single class.”
The proposal to reintroduce the new jet ski league was accepted by BPBA members at meeting held in February at Blue Waters Anglers Club. The last time jet skis competed under the BPBA’s auspices was in 2010.
The BPBA is also exploring the possibility of having jet skis taking part in the Round the Island Race.
As well as the relaunch of its jet skis league, the BPBA has also relaunched its junior programme featuring participants from ages 10 to 15 who compete in the European-designed GT-15.
The 13-foot monohull is a strict one-design powered by a stock 30-horsepower engine.
The boats are built by the owners themselves from a mould provided by the BPBA, while teams have been prohibited from modifying their engines to further ensure a level playing field.
Junior racing has proven to be very popular among the large crowds that have attended racing at Ferry Reach this season.
The BPBA’s 2021 season began on June 13 and has also featured adult teams competing in the A, B, D and S classes in addition to the juniors.
The association has also introduced a cash prize incentive for the top three adult teams in each race for the first time for this season.
The BPBA had originally scheduled for nine races from April to September. However, the start of the season was delayed twice as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which resulted in the 2020 season being cancelled.