The best way to prepare for the Flowers Sea Swim on June 11 is to try to get all your hair under your swimming cap. The more streamlined you are, the faster you’ll be in the sea. This is a top tip for one of the world’s best open water events.
The Flowers Sea Swim has been around for many years now – a humble acorn that became the mighty tree. Swimmers from all over the world fly here to compete and bask in the hospitality for which the Cayman Islands are famous.
Each year, the group of participants gets bigger, so the Flowers family tries to accommodate as many as possible, while keeping it enjoyable for everyone. The limit of 1,100 swimmers has been set for 2016, so if you haven’t registered already, you’d better get on it tout suite!
The Flowers Sea Swim has always been known as a one-mile open water event, but if you’ve got more staying power or really want to show off your aquatic prowess, you can sign up for the newer 5K or 10K sea swims, being held on June 13. The day of rest on June 12 allows ambitious amphibians to participate on both days if they’ve got the stamina.
Those who aren’t keen on getting in the water can join in the Walk & Watch portion of the day, ambling along the beach and keeping pace with the swimmers while cheering them on.
In keeping with its tradition of excellence, the Flowers Sea Swim will once again be hosting numerous Olympic swimmers, who will attend the Olympic Luncheon on June 10. It’s a great opportunity to get up close and personal with these world-famous medal winners.
Friday, June 10
Meet and have lunch with world famous Olympic athletes like Ian Cocker, Peter Vanderkaay, Megan Jendrick (Nee Quann), Brooke Bennett and many others on The Crescent, Camana Bay (just outside of Karoo). The lunch is catered by Abacus restaurant.
Tickets for the luncheon are CI$30 or US$37.50 and can be purchased online via www.caymanactive.com/registrations/luncheon. 50 percent of all proceeds will go directly to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society (www.cics.ky).
Flowers One Mile Sea Swim
Saturday, June 11
On your marks! Get set! Swim!
The Flowers One Mile Sea Swim starts at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and ends at the Royal Palms beach bar.
Walk & Watch
Saturday, June 11
The Walk & Watch option allows non-swimmers to participate in the excitement of this charity event. It is ideal for family members or anyone who wants to be part of a beautiful day on the beach.
The first 100 walkers to check in on race day receive a T-shirt.
All registered walkers are also eligible for random prizes – and unlike the swimmers, you need not be present to win.
Tickets for the Walk & Watch event are CI$20 or US$25 and can be purchased online at register.flowersseaswim.com.
5K & 10K Swims
Grand Cayman Beach Suites
Monday, June 13
These newer swims follow in the Flowers tradition, guaranteeing 1-in-5 random prize odds. Trophies will be awarded to male and female 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall winners and age group certificates for all age group winners.
Competitor numbers are limited to 50 swimmers for the 10K race and 90 for the 5K race, and registration will close on race day, or when the limit is reached, whatever comes first.
Tickets for the 5K and the 10K are CI$60 or US$75 each and can be purchased online at register.flowersseaswim.com.
FLOWERS ONE MILE SEA SWIM INFORMATION
Registration closes on June 8, or when the total reaches 1,100 – whichever comes first.
As ever, there are some incredible prizes to be won, and you don’t have to be the fastest swimmer to get one.
From dining certificates to electronics, gifts, gym memberships, travel certificates and unique experiences, the prizes alone are worth signing up for the swim.
With over US$100,000 in prizes, this is the world’s richest open water event!
Trophies are awarded to the top four women’s and top four men’s finishers. Each swimmer who finishes the race in the allotted time receives a medal.
The winning man and woman each receive a return ticket to defend their title next year.
US$10,000 will be awarded to the swimmer who breaks the record for the world’s fastest recorded ocean mile.
US$5,000 is awarded for setting a new event record. The times to beat are: Men’s world record: 16:00; Women’s world record: 17:21; Men’s event record: 17:18; Women’s event record: 17:47.
Tickets for the Flowers One Mile Sea Swim are CI$32 or US$40 and can be purchased online at register.flowersseaswim.com.