Brac 800m had a tough current

Cayman Brac hosted the latest open
water sea swim on Saturday.

A total of 53 swimmers and numerous
dedicated volunteers turned out in wind and rain for the annual sea swim on
Cayman Brac. The distance was described by race organizer Michael Hundt as “a
long half mile.”

The course had a strong current
which makes the effort a ‘downhill’ swim. Heavy rain obscured visibility this
year but the course was well-marked so that swimmers were able to sight along
the buoys to the finish.

Top three women finishers were
Martha Rivers (third overall), Andrea Roach (fifth) and Andrea Aegre (sixth).
Men’s top three finishers were: Bill McFarland (first), Alex Harling and His
Excellency, Governor Duncan Taylor (fourth).

McFarland’s time of 15 minutes and
34 seconds was just a second ahead of Harling’s. Rivers finished in 16:34.
McFarland is the president of Cayman’s swimming association so he obviously
leads from the front.

Seventh was Jill Zadny, eighth was
Lisa Kennedy. Richard Johnson was ninth and Felix Ebanks was tenth.

Seven of those that competed in the
800m race turned out for the Sister Islands Sea Swim of six miles from Cayman
Brac to Little Cayman the next day. It was organised by Felix Ebanks and
Matthew McKinley.

The Brac swim is a key event for
the open water swimmers in Brac where the swim team practices in a 15 metre
pool.

Two prizes of a trip to Grand
Cayman for the Flowers One Mile Sea Swim were awarded to the first male and
first female Sister Islands residents to complete the race. Martha Rivers and
Felix Ebanks will fly to Grand Cayman in June to compete.

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