The 28th annual LIME 800-meter sea swim attracted 106 participants, as well as a host of spectators along its new course.
The swim took place in calm waters alongside Seven Mile Beach. This year, the course ran from Government House, down to Great House and back again.
Organizers say that for swimmers the loop provided Cayman’s top open water swimmers and tri-athletes the valuable experience which comes with swimming an unfamiliar course, rounding markers, and swimming with and against the current.
For spectators, it was an easier course to view the “whole event,” and for officials the benefit of starting and finishing at the same place; and placing safety officials along a 400m length of water and beach was easily understood.
Eddie Weber, Camana Bay Aquatic Club, crossed the finish line first in a time of 9 minutes, 53 seconds. Sam Bailey of Stingray Swim Club was the top female finisher, in 11 minutes.
“It was a great race,” Weber said. “I loved the new course because it provided an opportunity to use more strategy around the various buoys and it was a good challenge to swim against the current. It wasn’t just a distance race. Cole [Morgan] and I were really sprinting for the last 50 meters. It was a really close finish.”
CIASA President Michael Lockwood enjoyed the new course too: “CIASA’s open water swims are a great activity for serious swimmers, athletes who use swimming as a cross training discipline and families who want to exercise together – thank you to LIME for sponsoring the 28th Annual LIME 800m Open Water Swim; and thank you too to all our swimmers who came out to take part.
“We had a number of our CARIFTA swimmers, National Development Team swimmers; triathletes; Special Olympians; Masters Swimmers and members of the community who just want to stay fit.”
The next open water sea swim is the 13th Annual Butterfield 800m on Saturday, May 30, followed by the 23rd Flowers One Mile Sea Swim on June 13.
For full results, see CIASA’s website www.ciasa.ky.