The Open Water Swim race started shortly after 10am on Saturday, October 12. The Swim took place at the Crossing Dock in Marsh Harbour. The sea was calm and the skies were clear for a great family event. The race was started by John Bradley of the Bahamas Swimming Federation and Open Water official Mancer Roberts lead the pack in the chase boat.
21 pink headed swimmers treaded water waiting for the sound of the start. The colour pink was flush throughout the event, including the swim caps, in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As they took off, the large crowd on the dock cheered them on.
It was a successful event with 39 participants. 11 completed the entire 5K course and the others made up relay teams. The overall winner of the 5K was Meshach Roberts from the Barracuda Swim Team in Nassau with a time of 1:07:58, close behind was Alec Sands of Swift Swimming with a time of 1:07:59 and rounding out the top three was Kohen Kerr also from the Barracudas with a time of 1:13:43.
The fastest female to complete the 5K course was 12 year old Kate Sims of Abaco Swim Club. The youngest swimmer who completed the 5K was 9 year old Roman Pinder of Abaco Swim Club. A notable mention is Maddox Pinder, only 7 years old, who successfully completed the 1-mile swim.
The second race was the Eight & Under’s who completed a 1/8 mile course with Addison Albury, age 5, winning for the girls, and Dawson Thompson, age 7 of Hope Town, winning for the boys. Katie Sands from Man-O-War had the fastest time in the 1/4 mile swim and took 1st over 5 other girls and Nicholas Hull for the boys.
After the swimming was completed there was an extremely competitive 1-mile kayak race, where Kohen Kerr beat the pack to take home 2 trophies for the day.
A new event to the Open Water was the Opti-Sailing Races. Marsh Harbour, Man-O-War, Cherokee and Hope Town sailors all came to compete and show off their talents. 1st place was Joey Gale Hope Town, 2nd place was Brandon Sands of Cherokee and 3rd place Chloe Sweeting of Marsh Harbour.
The Abaco Swim Club extends their gratitude and thanks to all of the participants, spectators, parents and families that supported our event. They look forward to seeing everyone again next year.