Swim the Bay (Nov 2nd 2014 in Barbados) is once again attracting major sponsors. This means lots of great prizes for competitors! LIME, the leading telecommunications provider in the Caribbean has just signed on and will be donating tablets & other cool prizes. There are a slew of hotels, restaurants and other businesses who partner with our event and provide dining vouchers, hotel stays, day cruises, island tours and a multitude of great products for the top swimmers in every age category.
Air Canada has recently signed with us to help Canadian swimmers attend by offering 15% off fares over the period of the Pool Event and Open Water Event. (Flights MUST be booked by August 31st 2014.Visit Aircanada.com and use the promotional code SWIMBARBADOS or NAGEBARBADE).
A friend of swimming recently made a short clip of Carlisle Bay, the open water swim location, so have a look! He shot the video on a day when some of our junior swimmers were out racing. Carlisle Bay, is a magnificent, yet tranquil, crescent shaped bay, lying in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and bordered by one mile of white sand beach. Recently, Sir Anthony Bamford, chairman of JCB, said of Carlisle Bay, “Its one of the most beautiful beaches in the world”. Not only is the Bay picturesque it is also home to a proliferation of tropical fish, turtles and plant life that enjoy the protection of this “marine park”. On an open water swim here it is quite common to run into a friendly turtle or catch sight of a sea horse, octopus or colourful school of fish.
Barbados Open Water Festival Nov 2 2014. Enter now. www.swimbarbadosvacations.com.
Mission: To promote swimming in Barbados and to share our venues with pool & open water swimmers from around the globe!
Swim Barbados Vacations has been formed to host International swimming events in Barbados. In 2013 two Open Water Festivals were held (July & October) and they were well subscribed by swimmers from all across the globe. Conditions for open water swimming in Barbados are excellent. Additionally, there is a very active group of Masters Swimmers on the island and in 2014 a Masters Pool Meet (Oct 29-31) will be hosted in conjunction with Flying Fish Masters and the Barbados Amateur Swimming Association. The organizers are veterans of the local swim/water polo/triathlon fraternity. They have a passion for swimming and for growing the sport in Barbados.
There were two open water swim events hosted in 2013, the first took place on July 6th and the second on October 27, 2013. Two swims, a 1.5km swim and a 5 km swim plus SUP relay races, kayak races and water polo. The 2014 event will be hosted on November 2nd. Swimmers & triathletes of all skill levels, from recreational to elite are welcome! Swim at your own pace. The races are broken down into age categories for men and women, see web site for details on this, 2013 prizes and more. (http://www.swimbarbadosvacations.com/).