Sports and music are Pirate pastimes

There’s nothing better than getting
out and about during Pirates Week, and whether you’re into fab physical fitness
or music and magic there is a huge amount on offer during Cayman’s National
Festival, no matter what your age or origin. Whether a spectator or a
participant, these events cannot fail to get you buzzing and bumping – get
energetic and get involved.


Sport skills

The Cayman Islands is a hotbed of sporting
prowess – ask Cydonie and Killa about that, for starters – and during the week
there are several events to provide a personal or sporting challenge.

The 5k road race on Friday, 12
November is sponsored by the Department of Youth and Sports along with Cayman
Islands Athletic Association and takes a roughly 20-minute course circling from
Bayshore Mall through Harbour Drive and South Sound. Expect in excess of 150
runners of various age groups. The following Sunday, 21 November, is the 7am
start for the 10k race, which heads up from Tiki Beach through West Bay. Krys
and Associates sponsor this one, which is overseen by the Phoenix Athletic Club
along with Jerry Harper. As with the 5k race, there are random prizes and of
course prizes for the winners, too.

For those more suited to the water
than the land, the 30th Pirates Week 5k sea swim takes place at 8am on
Saturday, 13 November, sponsored by  the
Department of Tourism, The Flowers Group and the Cayman Islands Amateur
Swimming Association, which will be setting up the event course; this year it’s
a loop starting at the Tiki.

From 17 to 21 November at Lions
Aquatic Centre, the Mike Lockwood Memorial Swim Meet brings together serious
international competitors and a lot of good healthy fun over a series of races
of various lengths, all the way up to 1500 metres. The ever-popular swim meet
is hosted by Stingray Swim Club and sponsored by Foster’s Food Fair.

At 1pm on Sunday, 21 November, the
Corner Pocket hosts Mickey Mouse Darts Tournament. The name refers to the
format used but the standard is anything but cartoonish – this is seriously
good stuff sponsored by Budweiser.


Music moves

Music rules the roost, too, this
Pirates Week.

The sound of the Caribbean is never
better expressed than through the steel pans. The instrument may have
originated in Trinidad & Tobago but once it was introduced to Cayman by the
legendary Earl LaPierre there was no looking back. Head to Harbour Drive on
Thursday, 11 November at 7.30pm to see the cream of the crop in the competition,
sponsored by Chevron Texaco and judged by official adjudicator Dawn Batson of
Trinidad. Her ticket is sponsored by Cayman Airways, official airline of
Pirates Week. There will be six bands in two categories – three school, three
adult – with cash prizes on offer. 

One of the most recognisable events
over the years is the Cayman Islands National Song Competition. The total prize
fund this year is a cool $6,000 with the winners grabbing $3,000. Sponsored by
Digicel and the Caymanian Compass, the contest is open to residents of the
Cayman Islands. Entries do not have to be any particular style of music so
expect eclectic, electric times as it comes to a head on Friday, 12 November.
Vote online at or text your favourite song to 4648 from your
Digicel phone.

The exciting Teen Up disco takes
place on Saturday 13 and Saturday, 20 November at Cayman Craft market,
sponsored by Pepsi and Western Union and hosted by the Leos Club. Entry is free
and open to 13-17 year olds keen to rip up the dance floor in a safe and enjoyable

Snack Shack will be serving food
and drink from their mobile canteen.

Calypso superstars
Roy Cape All Stars will be bringing the beat to Cayman’s National Festival, and
look out too for the exceptional Jamaican group Fab 5 – here on Saturday, 20
November to ramp up the musical cool.


Pan-tastic stuff at Pirates Week.
Photo: Alan Markoff

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