We are just days away from what is anticipated to be one of the most cracking powerboat races showdown in the history of the Bartica Easter Regatta, this Sunday and Monday at the Golden Beach Circuit.
Thousands of fans, local and overseas are expected to converge at this venue to soak in the action apart from enjoying some fun and frolic in an atmosphere that is second to none.
A chat with some of the experts on the water top in boats that are likened to formula one cars, reveals a plethora of information and pride as well as heavy financial investment to be the best in the business.
Defending F1 champion, Dave Scott and his champion boat, ‘Jaguar’ would be aiming to seal the championship for the eight consecutive year but will have to contend with the virtually young and promising, Sean Belle, son of the veteran, Clarence Belle.
Scott also disclosed that he is fully prepared to retain his champions and bragging rights for another year noting that he has improved on his skills and ability in handling the boat. Young Sean Belle on the other hand, said he has been making the rounds in learning the trade and modern trends.
He admitted that he is still learning and credits his father, Clarence for getting him into the sport but he of himself has taken it a few notches further in terms of understanding what it takes to be at the top of the game.
The young mechanic said that he has something special to unfold and his ability to build engines will go a long way in taking him over the edge and possibly, dethroning the champion. Both camps as well as the other racers have invested millions of dollars in getting their engines and boats in tip top shape for the
Apart from Scott and Belle, there will be a number of other daredevils in contention in the Unlimited/F1 (5 races), 115Hp to 200HP (5 races), 90HP (5 races), 25HP to 40HP (4 races), 15HP (3 races) as well as the Jet Ski which will be 3 races.
Among them would be Selwyn Joseph (Girls Dem Shuga), Jose Jardine (Flash), Baul Jardine (Targaryen), Canon Belle (High Rollerz) and the hottest racer out of the Pomeroon, Neil Gonsalves.
The ever popular ‘Jaguar’ will certainly be the boat to beat but his main rival, Sean Belle is boasting that the Jaguar would be tamed this year since quicksilver will taking the champion down.
Boat pilots have agreed that fans will be in for a treat come this Sunday and Monday at Golden Beach and cannot afford to miss the expected spectacle. Most of the racers have already met with Bartica Mayor Gifford Marshall as a group to discuss plans but more importantly, the safety of the racers, come competition days.
The Coast Guard is expected to be integrally involved in this year’s races and measures would be put in place to secure the race course with safety being paramount.
Apart from the powerboat races on Sunday and Monday, Grass Track will take center stage tomorrow at the Mongrippa Hill Field when the best riders in the nation from East Coast, Linden, Essequibo, Georgetown and Bartica collide.
A total of 14 races are carded from 10:00hrs tomorrow morning. Young BMX riders from the Town will also have their time to shine during the Grass Track races tomorrow with four (4) races planned for them.
Each of the races which will be for Girls Under-12 and Boys Under-10, 13 and 15, has a BMX cycle as the first place prize.
There will be a River Swim on Sunday morning with the oldest and youngest swimmers to be rewarded apart from the other category winners. Cash incentives would also be at stake, entrance fee is $1000 with all the fees going back in prizes.
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