Butterfield's new loop makes a splash on spectators

Open water swimmers have another event lined up this weekend.

The 13th Annual Butterfield 800-meter sea swim at 4 p.m. Saturday will follow the new loop course which proved so popular in the last open water swim.

Starting in front of Government House, the race runs north to the Great House, rounds the buoys and then returns south, parallel to the beach, back to the finish at Governor’s Beach.

This is the final open water swim before the Flowers One Mile on June 13 and the last opportunity for a competitive open water warm-up.

“Butterfield’s commitment to Cayman swimming over the years is greatly appreciated,” said Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association president Michael Lockwood. “I know that a number of Butterfield staff members are avid swimmers and I look forward to seeing them all at the start line on Saturday.”

He added that the new loop format is far more spectator friendly.

All swimmers are provided with swim caps, which must be worn for safety reasons. Event T-shirts and trophies will be awarded for the top three male and female finishers in each age group, and sandwiches and refreshments will be provided at the end of the race.

Registration and official race markings take place from 3-3:45 p.m. at Governor’s Beach.