Long-distance swimmer Penny Palfrey broke a recently set
record for swimming from Cayman Brac to Little Cayman by six seconds when she
crossed the five-mile wide Bogue channel in one hour, 53 minutes and 28
The swim started at 12.10pm, a little later than scheduled
as the swimmer and her support crew waited for a rain storm to pass.
According to Steven Munatones, who was on a support boat and
relaying regular Twitter updates on the swim, she was swimming at 82 strokes a
Two kayaks accompanied Ms Palfrey during her swim along with a shark
Mr. Munatones, along with Flowers Sea Swim coordinator Lexie
Kelly, set the previous record of one hour, 53 minutes and 34 seconds when they
crossed between the Sister Islands in April. They in turn broke a record set
back in 1987 by Jeff Miller who had swum the route in two hours and 36 minutes.
After Mr. Miller set the record, no-one else attempted the
swim for 23 years until last year, when two young Cayman Brackers, Felix Ebanks
and Matthew McKinley, decided to give it a go and invited a few people along
with them. Seven swimmers completed the swim last year.
Then most of them decided to do it all over again this year,
the day after Mr. Munatones and Ms Kelly did their swim, when on 17 April, 12
swimmers made the crossing and Governor Duncan Taylor was the first ashore in a
time of two hours and 59 minutes.
Ms Palfrey will attempt to break another record on Thursday
when she plans to swim almost 68 miles through open water from Little Cayman to
Grand Cayman. If she completes that swim, it will be the longest solo
unassisted ocean swim on record.