Local long distance water swimmers now have a chance to regularly take on new challenges in the Cayman Islands, thanks to a group who specialise in ad hoc events.
The group’s latest endeavour was on 17 November when they entered the sea at Oceanside Plantation in West Bay and headed south with quite a daunting task ahead of them.
Their destination was Sunset House in South Sound, more than seven miles away, but Cayman’s Open-water Adventure Swim Team, aka COAST, was up for the challenge.
Members of this group share an impressive swim resume having crossed the North Sound several times, crossings between the Sister Islands – including a 10 mile double crossing – and a stage swim the entire 60 miles around Grand Cayman.
The swimmers were Kerri Kanuga, Elizabeth Berns, Alex Harling and Andrea Roach who were accompanied by Kimberly Frazier and Fernando Ajmad in kayaks and Deanna Thompson on a paddle board.
Despite two recent back surgeries, Lorri Jongeneel managed to complete most of the swim as well, only getting out for a brief spell in the middle.
Four and half hours and 7.35 miles of swimming later, the team climbed the ladders at Sunset House just in time for lunch.