The Barbados Open Water Festival has engaged Sportstats to provide the official times for all swim races at the 2018 event. Sportstats is a leading timing company contracted to time over one thousand races in 24 countries in 2018 and is affiliated with events including marathon, cycling, skiing, triathlon and swimming. Sportstats is the official time company for Ironman in North America, Rock N Roll Marathon Series and recently re-signed with Canada Running Series. The growing company, was founded in 1991 in Ottawa and prides itself with having "the best equipment in the business" and an experienced and dedicated staff. The Barbados Open Water Festival has grown with every passing year and organisers are continuously striving to provide a highly satisfying and memorable experience for all swimmers. The Barbados Open Water Festival offers races over four distances: 1.5K, 3.3K, 5K and 10K and the 7th event is scheduled for November 10-11, 2018. Swimmers of varying ages and abilities from all over the world and from the enthusiastic local swimming community take part annually. Prior to the timed races swimmers can opt to take part in practice swims as well as social dinners (Nov 7-9). To learn more, seek preferred rates at our partner hotels or enter visit our web site.
"I only did two of the ocean open water swims, but it was an absolutely magical new experience. I saw sea turtles, starfish, coral, multi-coloured fish—so much more interesting than the black line at the bottom of the pool. And the benefits of buoyancy in salt water were not lost on me either!" Andrea Douglas, MasterSwimmingCanada.ca
The FreeStyle Experience led by Canadian Olympian Katie Brambley have set their dates for their 2018 Open Water & Pool Swim Camp in Barbados - November 3-9, 2018. The group will return for a third year. The Camp is timed to occur during the Barbados Open Water Festival so that participants can have the best of both swim worlds! The week looks like this: Nine coached pool sessions, specialized swim clinics (think butterfly and starts & turns), swim-specific yoga and pilates, stretch and strength sessions, team activities (paddle boarding or surfing for example), fun social activities and the opportunity to participate in the Barbados Open Water Festival with a group of new friends and teammates. The Freestyle Experience Camp Barbados is designed for all levels of masters and open water swimmers and triathletes. The pool sessions take place at the National Aquatic Centre’s outdoor pool while open water sessions are in Carlisle Bay. Learn More or Sign up for the FreeStyle Experience here! Barbados Swim Camp!
It’s impossible not to be awe-struck by the unique and incredible accomplishments of South African, Cameron Bellamy! Breaking two world records for ocean rowing, cycling thousands of kilometres, conquering six of the seven channels (so far) of open water swimming’s Oceans 7, establishing a charity supporting childrens’ education as well as building a successful career and he is only thirty-six years old. In a few weeks Cameron will attempt his final swim in the Oceans 7: the Tsugaru Strait in Japan.
Amazingly, Cameron Bellamy is already eyeing his next challenge: a 90k swim around Barbados, the most easterly island of the Caribbean, during the month of August 2018. This feat has previously been attempted by only a handful of swimmers but none have been successful. Recently Cameron spent a couple weeks in Barbados training in the sea, meeting with local swimmers and taking stock of what will be required to complete the longest swim of his life. His early estimate is for a 36 to 40 hour timeline to complete the swim. Pictured after a 14 hour training swim in Barbados.
While the south-west and west coasts of Barbados offer ideal swimming conditions the south east, east and north coasts face the Atlantic and the rugged coastline is often pummelled by waves and strong unpredictable undercurrents are known to exist. Additionally, many of Cameron's swims have been in cold water but Cameron is confident that he will adjust easily to the warmer waters as he says "its much easier to move from cold to warm!". During his last few days on the island Cameron completed two 14 hour training swims with less than 12 hours between the end of one and the start of the second. After each one he emerged from the water smiling and looking remarkably well! He enjoyed his swimming in Barbados commenting that many of his swims are in dark, cold water but he felt as if he were in an aquarium in the warmer Barbados waters, sighting many turtles, tropical fish and beautiful corals during his swims.
What must be perplexing to many in the swim world is that Cameron was never a swimmer growing up. In 2011, after founding a charity known as the Ubunye Challenge, which raises money through endurance adventures, he decided he would learn to swim and make an attempt to swim the English Channel. He completed the 35K Channel Swim on July 5, 2012. Earlier in 2012 he had completed a 1500 km cycle in 7 days, a second cycling adventure for him as he already had a 6500 km solo bicycle journey (2009) under his belt: from Beijing to the southernmost tip of India.
Another truly outstanding feat was accomplished in 2014, when he completed his epic Indian Ocean rowing expedition, as part of a team of seven who rowed from Geraldton, Australia to the Seychelles. Cameron had been a passionate flat-water rower at high school and university and represented South Africa at the World U23 Rowing Championships (2003) and World Student Games (2004). During the Indian Ocean crossing the team survived 50-foot waves during the tail end of a hurricane, almost being run over by an oil tanker, a collision with a blue whale and interaction with West African pirates, amongst other adventures during their 57 day, 6270 km journey.
His endeavours continued through 2015-2018 with the ongoing pursuit of the Oceans 7 which consists of seven long-distance open-water swims, and is considered the marathon swimming equivalent of the Seven Summits mountaineering challenge. It includes the North Channel, the Cook Strait, the Molokai Channel, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, the Tsugaru Strait and the Strait of Gibraltar. Creator, Steve Munatones: considers the Ocean 7 the “highest and most difficult echelon of marathon swimming”. Only ten swimmers have completed this challenge since it was first proposed in 2008.
Friends describe Cameron Bellamy as a "genuinely nice guy" and work colleague Steve Walker says "Cam's swimming and business accomplishments pale in comparison to what he has been doing in South Africa" through his charity work. Says Kevin Jennings, Board Chair of the Ubunye Challenge: “Cam is the "real deal": a person genuinely committed to trying to help those less fortunate than himself. Thanks to his vision and determination, Ubunye has grown to a point where hundreds of children in the Eastern Cape are getting early childhood education they would have stood no chance of getting if not for Ubunye. It is highly unusual for a young person to have already had such an impact on so many lives.”
Those who recently met this "real life super hero" in Barbados can attest to his friendly and modest nature and the small but passionate open water swimming community is already buzzing with excitement about Cameron's visit and plans to swim around the island. #SwimAroundBarbados
Cameron Bellamy's first six Ocean 7 crossings:
The Cook Strait
Description: A swim between the South andNorth Islands of New Zealand, known for its cold water and volatile weather. 15% of attempts encounter sharks. Date: 11 March 2018 Distance: 32km Duration:12 hours 43 minutes
The Molokai Channel
Description: A swim between the islands of Molokai and Oahu in Hawaii. Known for its big seas, long distance, and myriad species of poisonous jelly fish. Date: 15 February 2017 Length: 46 km Duration:17 hours 6 minutes
The North Channel
Description: A swim between Northern Ireland and Scotland. Known for being the hardest of the Oceans 7 swims.
It is frigidly cold, with temperatures of 10 –12 degrees C. Most attempts encounter swarms of deadly jellyfish.
Date: 14 July 2016 Length: 35km Duration: 12 hours 13 minutes
The Catalina Channel
Description: A swim between Catalina Island and Los Angeles, known for its strong currents and marine life.
Date: 7 November 2015 Length: 35km Duration: 11 hours 52 minutes
The Strait of Gibraltar
Description: An iconic swim between Europe (Tarifa, Spain) and Africa (somewhere on the Moroccan coast)
Date: 8 April 2015 Length: 20km Duration: 4 hours 1minute
The English Channel
Description: Between England and France. The swim is known for its cold water and variable conditions.
Date: 5 July 2012 Length: 35km Duration: 16 hours 29 minutes
Much of the information contained in this article including times and distances swam on channel crossings was received from Cameron Bellamy, his team and work colleagues. For more information about the The Ubunye Challenge visit their Website: www.ubunyechallenge.com . Read more about Cameron's epic Indian ocean crossing here: https://www.nightjartravel.com/magazine/cameron-bellamy-and-his-magnificent-indian-ocean-crossing
Barbados Open Water Festival announces a new partnership with ANSA Rentals for the 2018 event. The leading car rental company, a local partner of the well-known brands: Europcar and Advantage, has also offered visiting swimmers a special deal which will go a long way in enhancing their "swimcation sightseeing". Kristina Evelyn, a Director of the growing local Festival was very pleased that the company has come forward to support the locally-owned yet globally recognized event. She noted that the 2017 event had attracted 625 entries with about 80% of the entries being foreign swimmers and the 7th BOWF scheduled for Nov 7-11, 2018 had been receiving online entries since February 2018. "We commend ANSA Rentals for joining with us and supporting this healthy lifestyle event that is playing a role not only in community building on the island but helping to enhance Barbados tourism. "
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017 Daily News of Open Water Swimming Courtesy of Kristina Evelyn, Carlisle Bay, Barbados.
David Heron and Taylor Abbott dominated the 1.5 km and 5 km swims at the 6th Barbados Open Water Festival last weekend. while Pan American double medalist Chelsea Colwill was in a league of her own over the 1.5 km and 10 km distance and Olympic medalist Ashley Whitney was victorious in the women's 5 km race.
Trinidadians Nikoli Blackman and Savannah Chee-Wah won the 3.3 km race and Canadian Taylor Parker defended his 2016
10 km victory.
Heron and Abbott – distance freestyle teammates at the University of Tennessee who are training to follow in the footsteps of their retired Olympian and world champion Alex Meyer - set the pace in both the 1.5 km and 5 km races, but American 5 km champion Heron edged out the younger Abbott - the 2014 world junior world champion - for the wins in both events. 24-year-old Heron set a new course record for the 1.5 km with a 17:14 swim and the pair provided another close race in the 5 km.
Heron had a faster swim-to-shore transitionas they both emerged from the water and then raced up the beach to the finish. Barbados’ Olympic triathlete Jason Wilsontried to stay with the two in the lead pack, but was unable to keep up as he settled for third place. Junior competitive Barbadian swimmer, Nkosi Dunwoody, was fourth.
29-year-old Colwill set new course records in both the 1.5 km in 18:17 and 10 km races in 2 hours 14 minutes.
12-year-old Nikoli Blackman of Trinidad shared some of the limelight with the Olympians when he finished third in the 1.5 km behind older collegiate swimmers and easily won the 3.3 km race.
The Barbados Open Water Festival was celebrating its sixth event this past weekend with 597 swimmers from 17 countries over four distances in Carlisle Bay.
Co-event director Kristina Evelyn explained, "Swimmers arrived from England, Canada, Wales, Poland, Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Brazil, Australia, United States, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Netherlands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Trinidad, Antigua and Barbados.
The competitive races segment of the 5-day event opened Saturday morning with 336 swimmers completing the 1.5 km swim in the Bay. 60 of them opted for a Fun Swim supporting The Variety Club of Barbados. On the second day, 246 swimmers competed in 3.3 km (84 swimmers), 5 km (119 swimmers) and the 10 km marathon swim (43 swimmers)."
Husband and co-director Zary Evelyn added, "Swimmers ranged in age from 6 to over 75 years old. It was a wonderful mix of ages, abilities and nationalities. We had Olympians, a junior world champion, masters swimming champions, competitive junior swimmers, elite swimmers, club champions, triathletes, water polo players, recreational swimmers, novice swimmers, pool swimmers, lake swimmers and sea swimmers. Many of the swimmers take part in the practice swims and casual dinners in the days ahead of event and this adds a wonderful social element with many new friendships being made at the Festival every year.
There are many regulars at the Barbados Open Water Festival, several swimmers have been visiting for the past five years including the popular Jersey Girls. This informal group of energetic ladies is led by Susan Kirk and Sarah Clark, passionate open water swimmers, who first visited Barbados years ago and now bring up to 25 swimmers with their group."
John Corcoran of Thunder Bay, Ontario is another regular overseas visitor to Barbardos. He swam his first career 10 km marathon swim on his fifth visit.
Dominika Jamnicky, a professional Canadian triathlete, took second in both the women's 1.5 km and 5 km races. Canadian Olympians Katie Brambley and Tera van Beilen (4th in 10 km race). Retired professional triathlete Eney Jones and 45-year-old Alison Hayden (2nd in 10 km) were also in attendance.
Ubiquitous masters swimmer Bill Ireland made his first appearance in Barbados, finishing sixth in the 3.3 km.
Two special awards were handed out to Barbadian swimmers over the weekend. The Jonathan Morgan Memorial Trophy was won for the third time by Rick Peters who was the fastest Barbadian masters swimmer in the 5 km.
A strong swim by 22-year-old Barbadian Simon Wilkie earned him third place in the men’s 10 km marathon swim and won the coveted Chris & Peter Gibbs Trophy for the first Barbadian in that race.
Kristina and Zary Evelyn acknowledged that Barbados was very fortunate in 2017 to have been spared by two Category 5 Hurricanes that caused total devastation in many other islands. During the Festival a collection of money, non-perishable foods, medical supplies and toiletries was made and donated towards a group helping with the relief effort in nearby Dominica.
Kristina Evelyn to the left and husband Zary Evelyn to the right.
Barbados Open Water Swimming Festival with Kristina Evelyn & Zary Evelyn
by Steve Munatones
Kristina Evelyn and Zary Evelyn have delivered Barbados to the international open water swimming community. Through Kristina’s ubiquitous, omnipresent social media promotions, through their hosting of Olympians and well-known personalities at the Barbados Open Water Swimming Festival, and through their combined efforts to establish and welcome swimmers and influence-makers around the world, Evelyn has created the ambiance and footprint of Barbados that is only shared among much more established and older events. The husband-and-wife team recruits their children, parents, cousins, and various friends to put on an outstanding event as they expertly stretch an extremely limited budget while serving as hosts to swimmers from dozens of countries. For their constant promotional and organizational efforts that put Barbados on the open water swimming map, for their creative marketing programs and initiatives that played off of the natural beauty of Barbados, for their relentlessly positive, year-round, comprehensive approach to organizing the multi-event Barbados Open Water Swimming Festival, Kristina Evelyn and Zary Evelyn’s efforts at the Barbados Open Water Swimming Festival is a worthy nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.
2017 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees
What an incredible swimming experience in Barbados! If you’re someone that’s on the fence about doing a destination race for open water swimming, it might be time to take the plunge and sign up for one of the amazing tropical races on the Global Swim Series calendar.
This past week I traveled down to Barbados for the Barbados Open Water Festival. With races now in all corners of the world, we at the Global Swim Series don’t get a chance to make it to all the fantastic races on the schedule, but we were fortunate enough to make it down this year for the Barbados Open Water Festival… and it was incredible! In four short years the Barbados Open Water Festival has turned into a major event on the open water swim circuit and now having experienced it, it is easy to see why!
Upon getting to Barbados, we took part in one of the four “guided swims” that take place on the four days prior to the main event. The guided swims are just very pleasant swims on four of the other beaches in Barbados. They aren’t timed and aren’t races, just a chance to have a nice leisurely swim in warm (hot?!) crystal clear waters with over 100 other like minded swimmers. I wanted to see some of the large sea turtles that everyone claimed were around, as I was really looking forward to that… but no luck. But I did meet a ton of people during the swim and then after when we all went to the local “fish fry” and street festival for dinner.
The next day was the 1.5k race, which is the largest race at BOWF. This year will go down as “the rainy year”! On Saturday it poured. Torrentially. The streets flooded. The beaches flooded. Everyone was soaked. As a race director myself, I know that no matter where you are hosting a race, bad weather is always a major concern. But the race went off without a hitch and nobody was bothered… we were all getting wet anyway!
I had to laugh when I was talking with one of the many kids from the local open water swim team, The Saltwater Swimmers, that were in the race. She said this was the most rain they had gotten all year and the coldest day! We’re from Canada and even standing around soaking wet it was fine, probably about 77F/25C. Although it was nice to go into the water to warm up a couple of times. The water was about 85F/30C!
As for the race, it was awesome. A single 1.5k loop along the shore with 350 of your closest friends! And this time I did see a turtle!
The next day was the 5k and 10k races. 3×1 mile loops and 6×1 mile loops of the same course. This was the first year of the 10k and there were an impressive 33 people in it. The 5k had an even more impressive 130 swimmers! It seems like if you were going to make the trip to Barbados you want to get in as much swimming as you could, or at least that was my rational so I did the 10k.
As a great representative race for the Global Swim Series, there were people from all over the world! I believe I heard from as far away as Australia and 14 other countries. I heard that in one of the races, I think the 5k, 80% were international swimmers!
There were swimmers of all types and abilities. From Olympian and former World Record holder, Alex Meyer and plenty of other fast swimmers, to my buddy Cam who completed his first 10k and getting in 30 seconds ahead of the 4 hour cut off time!
I even found someone my speed to race (Sue Ingram from Austin, Texas as I learned later) we raced the final 2 laps taking turns drafting off each other and then racing in the final half mile side by side and “sprinting” up the beach to the finish. I knew it was going to be close so I didn’t even turn to see where she was and I didn’t let up until I was a step away from the finish line timing mat… which is when I saw her leg step across in front of me! She beat me by a tenth of a second! What a great finish to a great race! Oh, and I did get to see more turtles in the 10k… about a dozen throughout the race. Not much better scenery than that on a 10k swim!
On the final day of our trip we went for another swim. One of the highlights for me was that an old swimming buddy from when we were little kids, and who I hadn’t seen in many years, was going back down for his 3rd time to the BOWF. He had brought his whole family down and they are all great swimmers (although I was able to keep some historical pride and edge him out in the 1.5k! haha). In fact his 2 sons both did their first 10k race and the younger one (15) won the 10k outright!
So after all the racing we all decided to go out for a fun swim in the sunken ships they have in the harbour. They are shallow enough that you can swim right down to them. We also ended up getting right up close to several sea turtles and can’t wait to see how the pictures my buddy took turned out (he’s there for another 2 weeks).
While we didn’t take part this year, our good friends at the “Freestyle Experience” hosted their swim camp in conjuction with the festival the week prior and by all accounts it was a huge hit, if a little bit challenging! The camp was coached by 2 former Olympic swimmers.
So there is my first hand experience of what the Barbados Open Water Festival was like. And if you are an avid swimmer like me and most people on this site… you might seriously want to be planning on doing this race next year!
Hours of heavy rainfall did not dampen the spirits of more than 425 swimmers who swam in the first day of the 5th Barbados Open Water Festival (BOWF) in Carlisle Bay this past weekend. Several visiting swimmers, determined to make the scheduled start walked to the venue when flooded roads halted public transport. The 1.5K race was delayed for just 25 minutes to allow for arrival of all swimmers and the medical team before Alex Meyer and Eney Jones of the USA stormed home to claim the top spots.
The following day the sun broke through and Meyer and Jones repeated in the 5K. The recently retired US elite swimmer Meyer and former pro-triathlete Jones have both won the 5K in previous years at the event. Jones posted on social media after the event: “It is an incredible event. This little tiny island in the middle of the sea means so very much to me.”
The first 10K ever hosted at the Barbados Open Water Festival will be remembered as the one in which 15 year old Taylor Parker of Saskatchewan, Canada, recorded an epic overall win. The slender Parker, on his third visit to the Festival with his family, swam to a fifth place finish in the 1.5K race the day before. Parker was the youngest competitor in a field of 28 competitors and swimming in his first ever 10K race. The Ladies 10K was convincingly won by retired professional triathlete Alison Hayden of the USA. Hayden recently won the 9.2 mile “Swim for the Alligator Light” race (September 17) in the Florida Keys.
Seasoned veteran Eney Jones amazed all present with her flawless performances especially in the 1.5K when up against two 23 year old Olympians: Lani Cabrera of Barbados and Tera Van Beilen of Canada. Cabrera was the second lady home in the 1.5K. Van Beilen, visiting Barbados with swim group “Freestyle Experience” did make the podium on the second day in the 10K relay race when her three-member team was victorious. Paralympian Benjamin Proctor of the UK who has previously medalled at the 2009 European Championships and 2012 Olympics (competing in the S14 classification) was impressive in his BOWF debut but unable to match the skill of Olympian and former US National champion Alex Meyer. Proctor was second to Meyer in both the 1.5K and 5K races.
Local swimmers performed creditably with junior Nkosi Dunwoody claiming third in the 1.5K and 5K, Rebecca Lashley taking second in the 5K and junior Ashley Weekes claiming a close third behind Cabrera in the 1.5K . In the 10K marathon swim Andrew Kirby, President of the Barbados Amateur Swimming Association and local open water swimming enthusiast, was the second placed male overall. The coveted Jonathan Morgan Memorial Trophy, awarded to the highest placed local masters swimmer in the 5K, was won by Rick Peters who was ninth overall.Swimmers from 12 countries competed in the 1.5K on Nov 5 and the 5K and 10K races on Sunday Nov 6. They came from as far away as Australia and from countries that hadn’t previously been represented like Sweden and Israel. Hundreds of swimmers arrived several days ahead of the races to take part in guided practice swims at the venue and other open water swim locations around the island. The 2017 Barbados Open Water Festival is scheduled for November 1-5 (races Nov 4-5), 2017. https://swimswam.com/usa-swimmer-records-double-15-year-old-wins-10k-barbados/
Record turnout for Barbados Open Water Swimming Festival 2016 By Simon Griffiths • Publisher • 11th November 2016
Barbados enjoys more than 3000 hours of sunshine each year – an average of about eight hours per day – but the weather gods decided to line up something else for the first day of this year’s Barbados Open Water Swimming Festival, which ran from 2 to 6 November.
In the hours before the start of the first event, the 1.5km swim, the rain fell so heavily that roads flooded and public transport was halted. Instead, participants determined not to miss start made their way on foot. In the end, the start was delayed by 25 minutes to give everyone a chance to get there.
In the men’s race, Alex Meyer, who represented the US in marathon swimming at the London Olympics, was the first back in 18:08. He was closely followed by Paralympian Benjamin Proctor of the UK who competed in 2012 Games in the S14 classification. Eney Jones, a former professional triathlete and multiple masters swimming record holder, won the women’s race in 19:32.
As a measure of how competitive this swim was, the top 15 competitors all finished in under 20 minutes – and there wasn’t a wetsuit in sight to assist in faster times. However, while the racing at the front end might have been sharp, over 250 people took part with plenty taking more than 40 minutes. In addition, times and finish positions were not recorded for those taking part in the “Just for Fun” category.
The sun returned on day two in time for the 5k swim, which saw repeat wins for both Meyer and Jones (who have also both won this event in previous years). Jones later posted on social media: “It is an incredible event. This little tiny island in the middle of the sea means so very much to me.”
This year was the first time in the five years of its history that the event has featured a 10k race. This was won by 15-year-old Taylor Parker of Canada, who had placed fifth the day before in the 1.5k race. He was the youngest competitor in the field and this was his first 10k swim. Ex-professional triathlete Alison Hayden of the USA was the first woman home.
Since its inception, the Barbados Open Water Festival has expanded and now also offers guided practice open water swims in advance of the races at various locations around the island. Swimmers from more than 12 countries and as far away as Australia, Israel and Sweden took part. The 2017 Festival has already been scheduled to run from 1 to 5 November, with races taking place on the final two days.
In 2016, Barbados will have a golden year – as it celebrates 50 years of independence – and the Barbados Open Water Festival (BOWF) will enjoy a milestone of its own as it hosts its fifth event. ‘There has never been a better time to visit!’ A fter the English settlement in 1627, Barbados remained a British colony until 1966. During these past 50 years, Barbados’ relationship with the UK has remained strong and, given its exceptionally rich culture and history, the island remains a choice destination for UK leisure seekers. The BOWF provides a great opportunity for swimmers to enjoy a wonderful vacation (in the island recently rated best destination in the Caribbean by Expedia and readers of The Telegraph) in addition to experiencing the delight of sea swimming. Born out of casual conversation between local masters swimmers back in 2011, the BOWF has flourished, enjoying an expansion that has surpassed the expectations of husband and wife organising team, Zary and Kristina Evelyn. The 2015 event attracted 305 swimmers of all ages and abilities and from as far away as Australia. Originally, the Festival started as a oneday event but has evolved into five days of swimming (three days of informal swims and two days of competitive swimming) and will include a 10K swim for the first time this year. The Festival has hosted an impressive list of well-known swimmers. Alex Meyer, elite open water swimmer, who attended in 2014 and 2015 declared after his first race, ‘This is what open water swimming is all about!’ Taylor Abbott, junior world champion, was a winner in 2015 and Masters legend, Jane Asher (rt) of the UK, British masters champion Stuart McLellan, American masters swimmer Darcy Le Fountain, and Australian world record holder (85-89) Dorothy Dickey are just a few of the many talented swimmers that have visited to ‘Swim the Bay.’ The visitors rave about the ideal open water swimming conditions in Carlisle Bay, a protected Marine Park. The spectacular Bay, once a bustling seaport, is steeped in history, its importance first recognized by George Washington when he visited back in 1751 and famous British Admirals such as Lord Nelson have docked in the Bay. Suitably, the Bay now lies in the heart of a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site: ‘Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison’, an honour bestowed in 2011. Swim conditions and beauty of the island aside, there is a wonderful camaraderie among the swimmers at this event with its laid-back island-life setting and the highly popular pre-event practice/social sessions leading up to the swim races. It’s this mix of fun and competition in a fabulous location that has resulted in excellent reviews and many repeat swim visitors.
• The 2016 BOWF will offer 1.5K, 5K and 10K swims and is scheduled for November 2-6, 2016.
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