Bikini record tops bigger rivals

Cayman Islands entered the Guinness World Book of Records last week with an unusual mark – the most bikini wearers on a beach at one time and the world’s biggest swimsuit parade.

It was organised by the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association last summer to held raise funds for the swimming programme and has taken this long to officially get the two records ratified by the Guinness World Records Achievements.

Over 400 people attended the record breaking attempts last June at Tiki Beach Bar. The margin was narrow for the official bikini parade world record, however, Team Bikini was able to beat Gamble Japan for the title by just seven participants.

A total of 331 avid swim association supporters and bikini clad contestants of all ages turned up, including the Governor’s wife, Mrs Duncan Taylor.

The team added the world’s largest swim wear parade to the competition at the last minute when it was learned that men and women could take part.

Governor Duncan Taylor led the charge and it was successfully set at 385 participants.

Fans can view every record breaking second at CIASA World Record on Facebook where the video has been posted courtesy of Martin Wilkinson, and VIP Productions.

The Team Bikini members are Avril Brophy, Maria Butler, Monica Czorny, Laurice Fraser, Sook Lee Yin, Brenda McGrath and Nicole Wild Merl.

They deserve enormous praise for coordinating it all and finding the sponsors.

Some of Team Bikini were at Tiki Beach last Tuesday for a photo shoot with their certificates and a couple of bikini wearers, including Crystal Close whose bikini was covered with Caybrew bottle tops.

The records sound all the more impressive considering larger cities could not beat the old record around the time Cayman did theirs. They include Tampa, San Diego and Los Angeles, who can all draw on millions.

Dr. Sook Yin, swimming association fundraising chair, said: “We are very pleased that our world record attempts are now official and thank all participants for their patience during the rigorous evidence review process. If there was a group of people who could break Guinness World Records it is our steadfast CIASA supporters and Team Bikini.”

Dr. Yin also thanked the dedicated sponsors who helped make it possible for the Cayman Islands, including Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, Tiki Beach Bar, X107.1, Sand Angels, Bliss Living & Yoga, What’s Hot, John Broad, Patrick Broderick Photography and VIP Productions.

The event raised $11,200 which mainly goes towards making children becoming water-safe and the development of competitive swimming.

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