Dakari White leads the way in inaugural jetski racing
Dakari White stamped his authority on the inaugural Bermuda Aquacross Championship season opener before another bumper crowd at Ferry Reach yesterday.
The 27-year-old took full advantage of the benign conditions on the way to a clean sweep of victories in the offshore and inshore races contested by a combined fleet of stock and modified jet skis to get his campaign off to a flyer.
After all was said and done on the water, an elated White said it was pleasing to reap the benefits from the hard work he put in preparation for the season, which was delayed owing to mechanical issues.
“This shows the results from all my hard work and then to go out and bring home two firsts is always extra icing on the cake,” he said.
“It was a good day first day out. The water was a bit flat, the conditions were really calm.”
White took the chequered flag in the opening 20-minute offshore race located between Ferry Reach and Tobacco Bay to set the tone for the remainder of the day.
“At the beginning of the race it was me and my friend Matthew (Smith) up the front,” he added.
“Unfortunately he cut down when we were coming into the pylons, so for the rest of the race it was a bit of a lonely one. I just maintained the gap out front and brought it home.”
Jahlae Raynor took second with fellow female competitor Dorann Simons rounding off the podium in third respectively.
Lightening then struck twice for Bermuda Personal Watercraft Association president White who led the field across the finish line during an equally exciting inshore race that captivated the spectators dotting the shoreline.
“Again it was a lot of competition there and I was just trying to be first to the first buoy,” he added.
“Me and Matthew were up the front and then unfortunately he got thrown off his jet ski and after that it was again just maintaining the lead and bringing it home.”
Raynor took second to complete an impressive double of her own, with Smith securing the third and final spot on the podium.
“It was a good and took a lot from me to stay in the race and hang in there,” Raynor said.
“I was a little intimidated by the rest of the racers. But I overcame my fear and continued to hold on.”
Yesterday marked the first time jet ski racing has been held at Ferry Reach under the auspices of the Bermuda Power Boat Association since 2010.
Meanwhile, only one offshore race was held among the powerboats featuring various classes.
Despite encountering problems with their fuel distribution, Quincy Dowling and co-pilot Tai Bean came from behind to take the chequered flag in the ‘B’ class.
“The boat was acting up but we survived,” Dowling said. “The fuel is just not running right. It was acting up the whole race and the last lap it got worst.
“We got the win but not like how we wanted it. We have competition that’s pretty fast so we have to step up our game.”
David Selley and co -pilot Pedro Furtado clinched ‘A’ class honours, the uncle and nephew team of Chad and Graham Sutherland reigned supreme in the ‘C’ class and Shawn Butterfield and Jermal Woolridge in the ‘D’ class respectively.
Kicking off the day’s proceedings were the juniors competing in the one-design GT15 monohulls powered by a stock 30- horsepower engine.
Jauza James won two of the five heats contested inshore to emerge as the top driver on the day.
Jonah Moniz, Trystan Hocking and Isobel Rowe were the remaining heat winners.
Hocking, 13, was making his first race appearance since representing Bermuda in sailing at the recent Optimist North American Championships in Mexico and Optimist Dinghy Association European Championships in Spain.