Courtis has edge on McCallum

The latest open water sea swim brought out plenty of participants again at Public Beach on Saturday.

The 12th Annual Butterfield 800 Meters Sea Swim saw 127 swimmers take to the pristine waters off Seven Mile Beach.

With many of the age groups being closely contested, Chris Courtis added a second win for the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association Open Water season and was first home in a time of 9 minutes, 18 seconds.

Iain McCallum was only a second behind and Cole Morgan finished third in 9:24.

Catriona MacRae was first female to finish, in 9:58, and Katie Klein claimed second in 10:23.

“We extend our congratulations to all the participants in this year’s Butterfield Sea Swim,” said Butterfield executive Rebecca Ebanks. “Thank you to everyone who volunteered or assisted with the event, contributing to its success and to the great atmosphere before, during and after the swim.

“We look forward to continuing to partner with the swimming association and other community groups to support events like sea swims that encourage active lifestyles and wellness in Cayman.”

Butterfield’s Deputy Managing Director Mike McWatt handed out trophies and a number of Butterfield staff members including Bill McFarland, Mark Whiteside, Geoff Cornwall, Perry Rombough, Ray Farrington and Betsy Drummond took part in the swim as well.

Swimming association President Michael Lockwood thanked Butterfield for its continued support. “Swimming is a great way to stay fit,” he said. “It is also a life skill that CIASA firmly believes everybody should have. There are a variety of swim schools which offer learn to swim classes, not just for children but also for adults and I encourage anyone that can’t swim to sign up and take that first plunge in to the water.”

The next open water swim in Cayman is the 22nd Annual Flowers One Mile Sea Swim on June 14 and registration is already open.

Full Butterfield swim results are posted on

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