(CMR) Vanjae “VJ” Ramgeet was sanctioned by the Cayman Islands Watercraft Association (CIWA) during a board meeting on December 2. The penalties have been relayed to Ramgeet in a letter dated December 4, 2020; which he has yet to respond to.
The sanctions relate to a quarantine breach that occurred at the CIWA 2020 Championship Event held in South Sound on Sunday, November 29, 2020.
The board decided by a majority vote on five sanctions against the current jetski title holder notably:
- Losing the title of 2020 CIWA Pro Class National Champion and the Pro Class will be adjusted
- Losing the prize money that came with the title
- Issue a written apology to CIWA, fellow racers and people of the Cayman Islands
- 2 race ban for the next CIWA race season
- Provide 40 documented hours of service to CIWA
The title and prize money would have been up for grabs at the November 29 event.
If he fails to comply with any of these sanctions he will face a season-long ban. It also reminded him that despite appearing to be “a harsh penalty” he should be reminded of the potential threat this incident has caused the community at large.
Given the public safety along with the reputational damage to CIWA they noted this was as lenient as they could afford to be.
The majority decision was 3:2. There was a split vote with two agreeing to the above sanctions and two others agreeing to a lesser sentence. CIWA president, Gary Whittaker was the tie-breaking vote.
Both of Ramgeet's parents sit on the board but they abstained from voting. There are eight board members in total and one person was absent.
A zoom meeting was requested for December 9. However, sources indicate he requested additional time.