By: Flynn Bush
On Saturday, January 13th, the 35th CUC Sea Swim was the prime attraction in the water at Governor’s Beach. As usual, it was a well-attended, and participated, event. The fact that it is a wholesome, family event is definitely one of the main draws. There are traditionally local swimmers, visitors from overseas, competitive swimmers from swim clubs, and recreational swimmers out for a little exercise.
Richard Hew, CEO of Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. was ever so happy to speak on the reasons why. “We have been sponsoring this event now for 35 years and it’s a great event as part of our community involvement program, particularly in the area of youth sports,” he stated.
As he elaborated, he went on to say, “As you know Cayman has a strong swimming culture with a lot of good young swimmers and if we can do anything to help support them by sponsoring and organizing events such as this, we are happy to do so. Also, we have senior swimmers who participate as well, as it is a good, healthy, wholesome activity.”
Mr. Hew was also quick to point out the many sources of help for the organization and running of this event. He highlighted the many volunteers and officials who came from within CUC or from CIASA or from the general public. “Without these people, this event would not happen, and it certainly would not be as successful as it is,” Mr. Hew added.
As impressive as CUC’s involvement is to speak about, it is also worthy of noting that the organization is always looking at ways to improve their events. The addition of a 400 meter portion to this event, in addition to the traditional 800 meter main course is such an improvement. This allows for younger swimmers, and not-quite-as-strong swimmers of all ages to participate.
This event has been going strong for a long time. With the support of CUC, and many volunteers who help out year after year, it will continue to be an annual part of the Cayman Islands event calendar for a long time to come.