By Franklin Wilson
The Historic Bartica Regatta two-day Power Boat Races held at the Golden Beach Circuit ended yesterday afternoon in emphatic style with a showdown between the Belle’s clan to decide the champion among the big engines, 225 to unlimited.
As it turned out, nephew, Randy Belle in command of one of the fastest boats the competition has seen this year (Runner), whipped his two uncles Stephen and Clarence to record his second win of the day as well as the category champion trophy.
Randy, did encounter a mishap on day one at the start of a race which ended his day abruptly but returned with a bang yesterday to win two of the three events in this category, Clarence winning the first one of the day with his boat Quicksilver, which dominated proceedings on day one.
Clarence won the 115-200HP category with the other category winners being Vijai Buckan (75-90) and Henry De Silva who ruled the roost in the 25-40HP division.
Dominating the eagerly anticipated Jet Ski races was Michael Martindale who won 3 out of the 4, the other going to Sean Roberts.
Following is the full list of winners and their races on day 2.
Jet Ski event # 12 – Michael Martindale, Sean Roberts, Richard Hopkinson
75 to 90HP event 13 – Vejai Buckan (Russian), Mark Fagundez (Jet and Trailer), Raymond Rasul (Hot Wuk).
Jet Ski event # 14 – Michael Martindale, Sean Roberts, A. Rasul
Jet Ski event # 16 – Sean Roberts, Michael Martindale, Pandit Doobay
225 HP to unlimited event # 17 – Clarence Belle (Quicksilver), Randy Belle (Runner), Mark Fagundez (Jet and Trailer).
Jet Ski event # 21 – Michael Martindale, Sean Roberts, Pandit Doobay
225HP to unlimited event # 22 – Randy Belle, Clarence Belle, Stephen Belle (Tatiana).
Champion of champions – Randy Belle, Stephen Belle, Clarence Belle.
Prime Minister Samuel Hinds was again on hand to witness some of the races which was again well supported by spectators, some of them, especially the children, taking the opportunity to fly their kites.
Clarence Belle, after competing in the 75-90HP events on day one reported that he was asked by the organisers to stand down because the other competitors in this category complained that his boat was too fast.
Belle disclosed that his engine fell within the stipulated requirements and felt that this should not have happened. More details in a subsequent story.
A number of sponsors were responsible for the attractive cash prizes and trophies presented to the 1st to 3rd place finishers in each event.
Among them are Banks DIH Limited, Guyoil, Carib, Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company, Guyana Gold Board, Digicel, New Modern Hotel, Mings Products and Services Limited, Gaico Construction, Boss Mining, BK International, Hopkinson Mining, Guyana Geology & Mines Commission, Fine Boy Confectionary, Beharry Group of Companies, Scotia Bank and the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce.
The fuel for the races was donated Guyoil, Shell Camp Street Service Station and Texaco Bartica Service.
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