Few events in the Cayman Islands reward participants like the Flowers Sea Swim.
More than $100,000 in cash and prizes are on offer this year, the 20th year of the competition. The chances of winning have also been increased to guarantee 1-in-4 random prize odds for finishers.
Giveaways include BlackBerrys, hotel stays and more than 40 round trip airline tickets to 20 premier destinations such as Miami, New York, Panama, Rome, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, London, Dublin, Rio De Janerio and Toronto.
The race, a one mile open water swim along Grand Cayman’s legendary Seven Mile Beach on 9 June, is organised by father and daughter combo Frank Flowers and Dara Flowers-Burke. This year has extra significance for Flowers-Burke.
“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,” Flowers-Burke said. “All of the 200 prizes are listed on the prize section of the Flowers Sea Swim website (www.flowersseaswim.com).
“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.”
In addition to the random prizes, all finishers receive a fantastic T-shirt and goody bag filled with prizes.
The race, which starts at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and finishes either at Royal Palms or Tiki Beach Bar (depending on the ocean currents), is open to all. Last year’s race boasted more than 800 competitors who varied in ages between 8 and 80. All ability levels are on display from novices to Olympic champions.
Interestingly, the Walk and Watch programme is back for 2012. It is ideal for the non-swimmer who wants to soak up the excitement.
With the London Olympics taking place in about seven weeks, the swim will also have an Olympic theme. A number of notable names in the swimming world will participate in 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.
Flowers-Burke says the Olympic theme will be an added boost.
“The whole event is Olympic themed, red white and blue. 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.
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.”
The world’s richest open water swim will see all registration proceeds donated to the Feed Our Future Cayman charity, which provides healthy meals to needy school children.
For more information, visit flowersseaswim.com