World bikini record for Cayman

Cayman
made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records in the hottest way
possible this month.

A
massive bikini parade on 17 June along Seven Mile Beach, co-sponsored by What’s
Hot magazine as part of a fundraising drive for the Cayman Islands Amateur
Swimming Association, garnered the recognition it was after.

Participants
arrived at Tiki Beach Bar well ahead of the parade, and as more participants arrived,
the excitement was palpable, with everyone hoping the record would fall.

A
Guinness World Record attempt is no laughing matter, however, and all rules and
regulations have to be strictly adhered to in order to have a valid record.
Audit firm BDO was out on the beach to monitor the numbers, and the organisers
counted all participants onto the beach to double-check the numbers as well.

As
bikini-wearing people of all ages streamed onto the beach, Cayman looked set
for a world record. However, it was only after extensive counting and checking
that the final picture emerged. Cayman needed 323 bikini-clad participants to
take the bikini parade record and managed to beat that by a narrow margin, with
331 bikini parade participants. They also toppled a swimwear parade record,
with 385 participants.

The
swimming association was looking for a unique fundraiser to support the
swimming programme, and the idea of a swimwear world-record attempt seemed to
be a perfect fit. According to Nicole Wild, a member of the organising
committee, the idea gained momentum very quickly.

“Everyone
came on board and the excitement generated was tremendous. The Cayman Islands Department
of Tourism did a tremendous job with outreach support and the entire committee
worked fantastically to help ensure success and raise as much money as possible
for CIASA,” she said.

In
order to hedge their bets, the organisers decided to go for two records at
once, the bikini parade record and the swimwear record, especially after they
heard that there were other groups set on trying to break Cayman’s record
before it had even been set.

“I
was personally very proud to be involved with this event to raise funds and
awareness for such an important and worthy cause,” said Ms Wild. “It was a
tremendous team effort and we are thrilled that the Cayman Islands and CIASA
now have two world records to its name.”

The
evening closed with a variety of rewards, from the youngest bikini babe to the
cutest bikini puppy. There was also an award for the best-represented district,
with a very vocal West Bay contingent walking away with the award.

For
those who would still like to support the fundraising effort, limited edition
‘I am a world record holder’ T-shirts by local designer Luigi Moxam are still
available from Bliss Yoga in The Marquee and Funky Monkey in Governors Square
for a $15 donation to the swimming organisation.

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The bikini parade or-ganising committee had much to celebrate. From left are Nicole Wild (holding Isabella Merl), Dr. Brenda McGrath, Dr. Sook Yin, Mark Matthews, Chloe Hill and Avril Brophy.
Photo: Eugene Bonthuys