As day one of the 2017 Bartica Regatta Speedboat competition kicked off, there were a number of fierce competitions. Witnessed by a relatively large turnout, a number of veteran and popular racers sought to contest for several of the attractive prize money that was at stake. The event was officially declared open by President David Granger and among some of the persons that attended included Ministers Joseph Harmon, Dr George Norton, Dawn Hastings, Sydney Akllicock, Deputy Governor at Bank of Guyana Dr. Terrence Smith, MP Jermain Figueria, REO Roderick Edinboro, Regional Chairman Gordon Bradford, Mayor Gifford Marshall, Brian Tiwari of BK International and a number of other top public and private sector officials.
The first race got off at 10:50 am due to the late start of the opening ceremony and was contested over 3 laps in the 25-40HP race sponsored by B. Lalta and Sons.
Three times defending smaller category champion Jose Jardine took the first day’s race in a very fiercely contested battle. Jardine was hard-pressed as he sought to begin his defence account on a winning note and if the level of competition that he received was an indication of what day two will bring then spectators can expect a major showdown. However, in the final stages of the race Jardine claimed victory with second and third place being occupied by Ravie Dookie and Romeo B. Randolph respectively.
Race two sponsored by R. Ramnarine and for 225 unlimited saw five peat defending overall champion Dave Scott in his Jaguar dubbed boat, kicking off with Scott stamping his authority as a true champion. The race was contested over four laps, while the crowd roared for Scott he made light work of his field kicking off his first race in fantastic fashion. Sean Belle with his boat Quicksilver and Jose Jardine with his boat Flash took second and third respectively.
Race three was contested in the 75-90HP category and sponsored by GBTI. It was yet another victory for Jardine in this category with second place being occupied by Raymond Rasul, there were no third placer. The fourth race which was the 225hp Open and sponsored by Banks DIH was won by the ever improving Dave Scott and his boat Jaguar as he comfortably won the race with Sean Bell with Quicksilver and Jose Jardine in Flash taking second and third respectively.
In the fifth race contested in the 75-90 HP and sponsored by M. Hopkinson, Jose Jardine agains won with second and third being occupied by Raymond Rasul and Conan Belle.
In the Jet Ski race sponsored by Aruwai Resorts, Whitney Welcome won with Alee Hopkinson and Donavon Washington taking second and third. In the 115-200 HP race sponsored by Guyoil, Sean Belle won that race with Jardine and Scott taking second and third respectively.
In the 225 Unlimited race sponsored by Ansa Mc Al, Scott with his boat Jaguar suffered an early scare when he went down but quickly got back into the fray, but suffered a second mishap, giving Sean Belle an early and increasing lead. Scott however, fought back to win the race with Sean Belle with Quicksilver taking second place and Jardine and Flash the third position.
The 25-40 HP race sponsored by R. Doobay, saw Jardine once again dominate with Ravie Dookie and Romeo B. Randolph placing second and third respectively. The tenth race was contested in the 115-200 HP category and sponsored by Banks DIH with Sean Belle taking first with Jardine and Scott placing second and third respectively.
Meanwhile, the final race of the day was the 225 Unlimited which was won by Dave Scott, with Sean Belle and Jose Jardine taking second and third respectively. At the end of Day One Dave Scott is on his way of further extending his record to a sixth consecutive year as the Open Category Champion racer. Day two has 10 races slated.
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