Competition in the 26th Annual CUC 800 meters Sea Swim saw Stingray’s Iain McCallum and Camana Bay Aquatic Club coach Chris Dart in a stroke for stroke race all the way to the end.
From Public Beach to Governor’s Beach, McCallum was just ahead and won in 9 minutes, 56 seconds, three seconds ahead of Dart. Eddie Weber was third in 10:09 and first female to finish was Ella Plunkett in 11:23 who was eighth overall. “The CUC Sea Swim has been a favorite fixture on the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association open water calendar for the past 26 years and the swimming community is grateful for CUC’s commitment to the ongoing growth and development of the sport,” said Michael Lockwood, CIASA president.
The conditions were beautiful – even if a little on the hot side for spectators. A total of 128 swimmers started the swim and all but one finished and spectators walking the beach really got into the spirit of the swim with loud cheering from the beach – urging on swimmers to make the most of the conditions and sprint to the finish.
While all the swimmers deserve congratulations for competing, special mention must be made of the two athletes who competed in the 60+ age group – Barb Peterston and Frankie Flowers – showing once again that swimming is one in which athletes can take part for many years.
Handing out awards at the end of the swim was CUC’s Richard Hew, ably assisted by daughter Lauren and Sofia and Isabela Watler, daughters of CUC’s David Watler.
Swimmers received a goody bag and T-shirt and refreshments and Subway sandwiches were provided at the end of the race.