A team of Jet Ski enthusiasts from Martinique spent the past week-end in Saint Lucia exploring logistical arrangements for Saint Lucia’s possible involvement in an international Jet Ski race in 2017.
Martinique recently hosted the first round of Jetracer World Championship IJSBA, an international Jet race competition.
The International Jet Sports Boating Association is the worldwide sanctioning body for personal watercraft competitive racing.
Team 972 from Martinique comprising 17 Jet Skis visited Saint Lucia in response to an invitation from the Consul General in Martinique Yasmine Walcott for discussions and first-hand experience of Saint Lucia as a likely host for next year’s International Jet Ski race in Martinique.
The proposal is for the race to start in Martinique and culminate in Saint Lucia; the first time an international Jet Ski race will start in one country and end in another.
Edson Eugene of Team 972 [Martinique’s area code] says this trial run brought a total of over 40 persons to Saint Lucia including three boats with security, emergency and other logistical personnel.
He said the international Jet Ski race in Martinique this year attracted over 50 participants from the United States, Russia, Canada, Kuwait, Qatar, Belgium, Peru, the United Kingdom, Italy, China, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia and France.
The hope is that Saint Lucia Jet Ski Pilots will participate in the 2017 international race.
Team 972 is expected to provide training and race orientation to the Saint Lucian Jet Ski pilots.