Keeping with the theme set so far this year during the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association’s Open Water season, swim conditions were superb for the 22nd Annual Foster’s Food Fair 800m Sea Swim, held Saturday afternoon on the 8th of July at Governor’s Beach. 100 swimmers participated in the event, and it is clear that as the Open Water swim season progresses, our local swim enthusiasts are achieving personal best times. 5 swimmers blasted through the 10 minute barrier over the 800m distance, including overall winner Brett Fraser with a time of 9 minutes 10 seconds overall. Olympian Heather Roffey was the first female finisher in third place overall, with a time of 9 minutes, 37 seconds. David MacDonald, who will be representing the newly formed Cayman Islands Masters swim club the ‘Hammerheads’ at the FINA World Masters Championships in San Francisco, California in August, was the first Masters swimmer across the line in an impressive 9 minutes 58 seconds, the first time that a Masters swimmer has swum a sub-10 time as far as anyone can remember. Another performance of note was Andrew Smilley’s time of 10 minutes 32 seconds putting him in 8th place overall.
All participants received pizza, sports drinks supplied by Gatorade and Le Bleu, and T-shirts as part of their entry fees. Shane Foster, representing Foster’s Food Fair, was on hand to award the top three male and female finishers in each age group with gold, silver and bronze medals. After the awards ceremony, all registrants took part in a random draw prize that saw all swimmers aged 12 and under walking away with movie passes or gift certificates for Baskin Robbins ice cream.
The Foster’s Food Fair 800m Sea Swim was the last swim scheduled before the summer break. The Open Water season resumes in September with an 800m and 2-mile swim on the calendar.