This summer will see the return of one of Cayman’s biggest sea swims.
On June 14 it’s the 16th annual running of the Flowers Sea Swim. The race will start at 2:30pm at the Beach Club Colony and end up just north of the Westin Casuarina Resort.
For event organizer Dara Flowers, this year’s event should be great.
‘Last year’s event was amazing. We had over 540 swimmers, the most ever! As always it was a fun-filled family event and we had lots of great giveaways, medals and prize packs for every finisher.
‘This year we are hoping to make the event even bigger and better.’
The amount of prizes on offer is expected to attract even more participants.
This year’s event will see US$25,000 go to the swimmer who sets a new world open water record. In addition US$100,000 will be given in cash and random prizes.
Some of the prizes offered include airline tickets from Cayman Airways to locales like Las Vegas, Toronto and various parts of Europe. There will also be blackberries given out by Digicel, luxury gift packs from Luxe Life and restaurant vouchers.
Furthermore, swimmers who finish the race in 75 minutes or less receive a medal, T-shirt and a random prize pack.
The race annually attracts many competitive swimmers both locally and abroad.
Among those set to race is US Olympic swimmer Rada Owen. Owen is known for her stroke and her appearance in the 2000 Olympic Games.
For Cayman, Olympic heroes Andrew Mackay and Heather Roffey are set to compete. Both have finished in the top three in years past.
The swim has also grown to be a huge charity event. Every year earnings from the swim are given to a worthy cause. Last year, funds were donated for a drivers’ education program.
This year, all the proceeds from the race will go to the Cayman branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Flowers said she felt the organization deserves recognition for playing a part in developing local youth.
‘We felt Big Brothers Big Sisters was an extremely worthy cause. So many young children are in need in of mentors. We found this to be such an inspiring cause and felt that the sea swim could help to raise the profile of this organization as well as contribute some much needed funds.’
Registration for the swim is currently ongoing. Interested swimmers can contact the Flowers office at 623-0000. Or registration can be done online at www.flowersseaswim.com.
In the end, Flowers feels the swim will make everyone feel like a winner.
‘I think the swim has become such a big event because it is all about fun, healthy living. It is a great day for everyone and even if you are a recreational or competitive swimmer you can still have fun.
‘It is open to swimmers of all ages and skill levels, young and old, come out and have a great day. What also makes the event so great is that you can come first or last across the finish and everyone is still eligible for all of those awesome random prizes.’