Board meeting set for paddlers

Paddle Board Regatta for kids and adults

Not all board meetings are boring for kids.

On Saturday, June 20, there will be a different kind of board meeting in the Cayman Islands as the Appleton Estate Rum Run hosts the Paddle Board Summer Regatta at Public Beach.

Event organizer Neil Martin will be mixing up the format from last year’s race series to introduce a family fun day for paddlers of all ages and abilities.

“We continue to see paddle boarding growing in popularity here in Cayman,” he said. “On any given day you can see people out cruising on Seven Mile Beach, taking part in paddle board fitness classes or chasing waves. We wanted to provide an event that all the family could enjoy together.”

During the 2014/15 school year, fitness instructor Deanna Smith worked in partnership with Appleton Rum Run sponsor Cayman Stand Up Paddle Co. to provide kids specific paddle board training and work outs. 

“Our after-school kids clubs and classes are seeing more and more kids getting excited about being out on the water and finding a sport that helps them with their fitness, coordination and levels of responsibility,” she said. “The regatta will provide an opportunity for kids to pit their skills in individual races and relays as well as some fun games where they can hopefully compete against their parents and show them how it’s done!”

Registration and orientation starts at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. The kids pursuit races start at 2 p.m. and the adult sprint races begin at 2:30 p.m. Other races, including the new “Ocean Dental Scramble” featuring local dentist and avid paddle boarder Sharn Mentz, will run through 4:45 p.m. The prize ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m.

Kids and adult boards will be available for use, or participants can use their own. The registration fee includes a T-shirt and barbecue and entitles participants to join in all the events. For more information, email [email protected]