Paddlers plunged into events

It was a busy weekend for the Cayman Stand Up Paddle Co. The local paddle boarding company provided a team of water safety marshals for Saturday’s One Mile Flowers Sea Swim and the Monday morning 5k race.  

Marshaling from the paddle boards enables great visibility and working with the lifeguards, land marshals and Red Cross volunteers, the paddle boarders were integral in providing a safe environment for the hundreds of swimmers who took part in the events.  

Duane Magis, who led the paddle board volunteers was delighted with the turn out. “This is a huge event in Cayman’s sporting calendar and we are thrilled that we were able to assist the Flowers Sea Swim team for the third year running,” he said. “The Saturday event is a long, hot afternoon for the volunteers and the Monday was a 5 a.m. start – we are really grateful to our enthusiastic team.” 

With a change of emphasis, paddle boarders also took to the water at Public Beach on Sunday, Father’s Day, for their own race, when the Cayman Stand Up Paddle Co. hosted the second of the Cayman Islands Rum Run Challenge race series. 

Following April’s half mile sprint race, local paddlers and vacationers took part and caused quite a sight on the beach. The course started at Public Beach, headed half a mile towards West Bay, a quick step turn around the Rum Run buoy, and then a half mile sprint back to the finish.  

Sharn Mentz was the first paddler back in an impressive time of 10 minutes, 53 seconds. Katie Matos was the first female in 12 minutes, 15 seconds, placing fifth overall.  

There was some fun rivalry between friends and families at the event, and special mention goes to Zachary Garnett and Jonny Robson, both aged 7, who competed against their parents and finished the course in 21 minutes. 

The next Rum Run Challenge Race will be on Saturday, Sept. 6. 

The main race distance will again be doubled to two miles and there will be an additional kids race.  

Participants can bring their own boards, or they can be provided by Cayman Stand Up Paddle Co. Check or email [email protected] for more details. 


Paddlers, pictured here at a stand up paddle board race on Sunday, worked as water safety marshals during sea swims over the weekend.