Cuffed entrant will make waves

The Flowers One Mile Sea Swim celebrates its 20th staging and with the London Olympics imminent, the obvious theme is the Olympian.  

Dara Flowers-Burke along with her father Frank Flowers has built up the world’s richest open water event from a tiny affair to over 800. It is on 9 June, six weeks before the London Games start.  

Flowers-Burke said: “The whole event is Olympic themed, red white and blue. We are giving away more prizes than ever before, one in four is guaranteed to win a random prize and we are giving away 49 airline tickets to 20 destinations. All of the 200 prizes are listed on the prize section of the Flowers Sea Swim website (  

“Paolo Cerizzi, an Italian swimmer, is going to attempt to swim the mile hand and leg cuffed. If successful this will be entered into the Guinness World Record books.  

“We have 14 special elites coming for this year’s race, including the Halls and the Palfreys.  

“I think this year will be the most special, because it is a culmination of the past Flowers Sea Swims. We are honoured to have the privilege of hosting this race for so many years and are especially grateful for the support from the Cayman community.” 

With only three weeks to go, the response is encouraging and the beneficiary charity, Feed Our Future, is excited about the contribution worth thousands it will receive. 

Top names confirmed include Gary Hall Junior and Senior, Chris and Penny Palfrey, Rada Owen, Codie Grimsey, Ian Crocker, BJ Bedford, Janelle Atkinson-Wignall, Steve Munatones and Cayman’s own Heather Roffey.  

“Everyone is super excited to be a part of this year’s 20th Anniversary race. The swim promises to be bigger and better than ever. Paolo’s attempt will be a real highlight and the charity this year is so incredible. Feed Our Future donates healthy lunches to needy school children.”  

FSS 2011 crowd

The start is the beach at the Ritz-Carlton. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

Ian Crocker FSS medal

Ian Crocker is regular to name visitor.

Penny Chris Palfrey FSS

Penny and Chris Pelfrey will return from Australia.

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