Pirates Week 2012 is in full swing now and the upcoming weekend has some of the greatest events to keep everybody involved with the family-friendly frolics of Cayman’s National Festival, which is presented by SaxonMG.
Saturday, 17 November
The first thing for Saturday is the relatively new addition of the circuit race downtown for our athletes of 12 and under. This Ribena-sponsored event is a great opportunity for our upcoming youngsters to show what they can do. It’s split into two groups – under 12 and under 10. The kids will assemble outside Breezes by the Bay at 8am on the day to sign up – pre-registration is also available at the Pirates Week office on Friday, 16 November from 9am to 5pm and forms are also available from coach Tyrone Yin at Truman Bodden Track. All entrants will receive a medal and a T-shirt and the top three in each age group will receive trophies.
The circuit will be starting at Breezes by the Bay heading north along Harbour Drive, turning right onto Fort Street, right onto Edward Street and turning right at the post office to head on down Shedden Road and then right again to return to Breezes by the Bay. There will be two laps for the under 10s and three laps for the under 12s.
Meanwhile, from 11.30am boats will be delivered and assembled at the South Terminal area for frolics to come later.
At 2.30pm another relatively new addition to proceedings is the Stand Up Paddle Board competition. This was popular upon its inception during the 2011 event and should prove to be a whole lot of fun once more. That one’s presented by Build Cayman and at 3pm we’ll see who’s got the best balance with the prize giving ceremony.
Come 4.15pm and it’s one of the legendary, and legendarily hilarious, events of Pirates Week. We speak, of course, of the (should-be) world famous Cardboard Boat Race. As the title suggests, these vessels are made only of cardboard, glue and duct tape – making the race around Hog Sty Bay a test of both manpower and also ingenuity. This event came to Pirates Week for the first time in 2007 as a fundraiser for a playground designed for special needs children, and was an instant favourite with the crowds.
This year, with renewed sponsorship from the organisers and brainchild of the event, Build Cayman Ltd. and co-sponsor local brewery Caybrew and telecommunications company Digicel, the event has been expanded to include a Paddle Board race. Half the fun is to see these guys fall in, let’s face it. Over the years, Santa Claus, cowboys and aliens have all been spied piloting boats in the race – it truly is completely excellent. We run out of superlatives at this point, so just get yourself down there and join in the fun. Prizegiving is at 5pm.
At 6pm, the delicious taste of the Snapper Cook-Off final takes place in front of the museum. This Just Sea Foods-presented event brings together the most talented young chefs from the districts, cooking up one of the quintessential Caribbean fishes. Whose methods and seasonings will be the best? We don’t know, but we’re definitely up for trying them all to find out.
One of the most important parts of the whole Pirates Week fiesta is the SaxonMG License to Win Grand Prize Give Away at 7pm. Throughout the run up to Pirates Week, special codes have been released online, on television, in print and in special locations throughout Cayman. By entering these special codes people have more chances to first become a semi-finalist then become the grand prize winner of the 2012 Chevrolet Captiva Sport LT and one year insurance from SaxonMG. Truly, this is a great prize and all have a chance. Take your spot at 7pm to see the excitement unfold.
At 7.40pm, those pesky pirates that invaded us a week ago and took the poor governor into custody will be sentenced on Harbour Drive. Will these pesky curs be banished to the seas for another year? What will be their defence? This is a piece of street theatre not to be missed and culminates in a special fireworks display at 7.50pm.
The final street dance and food festival follows plus another teen up teen disco at Cayman Craft Market from 7 to 11pm. Phew!
Aside from the kids’ circuit race on Saturday, the Mike Lockwood Memorial International Swim Meet continues from 8am to 5pm at Lions Pool. It concludes on Sunday, 18 November, again from 8am.
Early birds on Sunday will be involved in the Jerry Harper 10K Run sponsored by KRyS Global from 7am. And finally, Weekender’s kind of athletic efforts is showcased at Mango Tree for the always-popular Mickey Mouse Darts Tournament sponsored by Budweiser. And that, folks, is how we do Pirates Week round these parts.
Fancy a bit more?
Course ya do. So why not head over to Cayman Brac to conclude the Pirates Week festivities from Friday, 23 to Sunday, 25 November? You know it makes sense.
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