Paddle boarding fun in the sun

Kids and adults were out in force on the beach last Saturday taking part in the Appleton Estate Rum Run Summer Paddle Board Regatta. 

The event’s youngest paddlers were only 4 years old, but they still managed to complete their own sprint race, as well as pairing with parents for a pursuit race. 

Races for the under 5s, under 9s, and over 10s were well represented by boys and girls from a number of schools. 

Fitness instructor Deanna Smith said she was thrilled to see many of her after-school kids club members out on the water. 

“Paddle boarding has so many benefits for youngsters,” she said. “It’s helping with their fitness, their coordination, their independence, and at an event like this, there’s plenty of team spirit, too.” 

Ms. Smith said she hopes it won’t be too long before some of the young participants join the annual Appleton Rum Run crossing from Kaibo to Camana Bay that takes place each January, organized by Cayman Stand Up Paddle Co. 

The regatta included a number of adult participants, too. 

Local dentist Sharn Mentz set a challenging obstacle course for paddlers to tackle in a knockout format. Paddle boarders from the age of 10 to 60 tackled the tight turns, the side wind and the sprint distance. In the final, defending champion Joe Curley allowed his 10-year-old rival a handicap start, but probably wished he hadn’t when Cayman Prep pupil Freddie Robson beat him to the finish line. 

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Children racing in last Saturday’s Paddle Board Regatta.


Chris Luijten comes ashore after a race in the Appleton Estate Rum Run Summer Paddle Board Regatta.