Bodden takes CUC title as youngsters surge ahead

The second sea swim of the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association’s open water season was the 27th Annual CUC 800M swim from Governors Beach on Saturday. 

The 116 participants who swam the loop course encountered a stronger current and more chop than the last swim. In a time of 10 minutes flat, John Bodden of Stingray Swim Club was the winner. He was followed by Eddie Weber of Camana Bay Aquatic Club and Zach Moore of SSC in 10:10 and 10:20 respectively. 

Ria Plunkett of SSC, was the first woman to finish, fifth overall in 10:57, and was followed by teammate Stefanie Boothe (11:08) and visiting guest swimmer, Line Praest Louer (11:12). Doing double duty by volunteering to set up the course and assisting with sea marshalling, Richard Hew, president and CEO of CUC, presented trophies to the winners. 

Hew said, “We thank all the swimmers and volunteers for contributing to the success of the 27th Annual CUC 800m Sea Swim. 

“It was especially gratifying to see the large number of youngsters participating this year mixed in with a few veterans and visitors to the island. “As a company, we are proud to play our part in supporting CIASA and swimming in the Cayman Islands and are pleased to see that swimming continues to be a popular family event.” 

CIASA president Michael Lockwood said, “It was another great event encompassing a wide range of participants. 

“In addition to being a great family event, the sea swim provides an opportunity for our competitive swimmers to develop their open water skills. 

“I would also like to thank our long-standing partner, CUC for their continued support to open water swimming as well as everyone who volunteered or assisted with the event, contributing to its success.” 

Full results are on 

Zachary Moore, Eddie Weber and John Bodden were the top finishers.