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Cayman duo race in Bahamas

Sports 31 Oct, 2022 Follow News

Jet ski racing at the Atlantis, Bahamas in 2019

Two Cayman Islands jet-ski riders join racers from the United States, the Caribbean, Europe and Australia in Nassau this week for the P1 AquaX Bahamas World Championship. The iconic Atlantis Paradise Island resort hosts the three-day event from Friday with the opening day including practice, testing and qualifying, followed by six races across the weekend.

The World Championship will feature more than 35 professional and amateur endurance riders, who have primarily qualified through performances in the USA national race series.  Cayman’s Seth Watler and Cline Glidden, who qualified through the P1 AquaX Cayman Islands National Tour, will compete. Pro rider Watler was the first Cayman Islands Watercraft Association national champion before taking a few years off from racing. Glidden competes in the Pro Am class. He has been at the top of amateur racing in the Cayman Islands in recent years.

The Pro Enduro riders will be competing for the P1 AquaX world title, with the amateur racers battling for the P1 AquaX Amateur International Cup. The action will be broadcast in the United States on the Bally Sports Regional Networks and CBS Sports Network, with international coverage on leading sports channels in more than 100 million homes in over 50 countries.

CIWA President Chris Bodden said: “We partnered with P1 AquaX this year to stage a three-round series on Grand Cayman and we knew that this affiliation would push our riders and give them the opportunity to compete with the best endurance racers in the world. We know Seth and Cline will do Cayman proud and we will all be tuned into the action to cheer them on. I want to thank all of our sponsors, partners and supporters who made this all possible. Go Team Cayman!”

Ventisha Conolly, Events Manager at Cayman Islands Ministry of Youth, Sports, Culture and Heritage, said: “We saw some great competition on the water and the Ministry is looking forward to welcoming more young Caymanian racers, including female riders, to the sport.”

Watler, 30, was born and grew up in New Orleans and moved to the Cayman Islands aged 11. He began racing in 2008 and became national champion two years later. “I grew up with the need for speed and rode dirt bikes back in Louisiana,” he said. “I practice on the water at least once a week and do fitness training three times a week. In addition, I incorporate a supplemented nutrition programme into my fitness schedule. This will be my first overseas race event and I have prepared well to compete in The Bahamas.”

Glidden, 25, started racing ten years ago and became the Am class national champion this year. “I attribute my success to being consistent and having a good team around me,” he said. “I’ve competed overseas in a number of sports but not in personal watercraft racing, so I’m nervous but looking forward to racing against the best in the world.”

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