P1 AquaX, and the Cayman Islands Watercraft Association (CIWA) have jointly announced that they are partnering to stage a three-round race series on Grand Cayman that will kick off next weekend.
The P1 AquaX Cayman Islands National Tour 2022 will feature P1 AquaX Pro and Am Endurance classes with events at South Sound Beach at the southwestern tip of the island and Seven Mile Beach (see below) just north of George Town. The new partnership with P1 AquaX will enable one Pro rider and one Am rider from the tour to qualify for the P1 AquaX World Championship taking place in the Bahamas this November.
CIWA President Chris Bodden said.
This new partnership is extremely exciting and is a significant achievement for motorsports in the Cayman Islands. We began discussions with P1 AquaX in 2019 but unfortunately Covid put everything on pause. That’s why we’re so delighted to be unveiling plans for this year’s National Tour in partnership with them. We have a superb season lined up at our two venues and we know that personal watercraft racing has a bright future in Cayman
South Sound, (see below) the home of pwc racing in the Cayman Islands, with a designated watersports zone within the reef, will host two National Tour events.
It’s an ideal venue for pwc racing with a beautiful beach and boardwalk that is easily accessible to spectators. Our Tour sponsors are extremely important and include the Cayman Islands Ministry of Youth, Sports, Culture and Heritage.
Powerboat P1’s CEO Azam Rangoonwala commented.
Strategic partnerships are at the heart of our business and when we launched AquaX more than a decade ago the aim was to appeal to recreational riders and attract new racers by making the racing affordable and east to enter. We are delighted that the Cayman Islands will become part of our international schedule and we look forward to welcoming two riders from the National Tour to our World Championship at the Atlantis later this year. We very much hope that this is just the start of our new relationship with CIWA.
As many as thirty riders are expected to compete in the National Tour, including the defending Pro and Am champions.
Yamaha GP1800R rider Matthew Panton (25) will face tough competition in the Pro class with former national champions returning to racing.
The reigning Am champion Tyler Watler on his Yamaha FX SVHO will need to demonstrate the determination and consistency that brought him success last year.