Swim the Bay Festival

Swim the Bay Festival: November 8 - 2015

Barbados Open Water Festival 2015

“Swim the Bay”

Casual conversations between masters’ swimmers, usually après swims, about hosting International Open Water Events in Barbados became a reality in 2013 when the inaugural “Barbados Open Water Festival” was hosted in Carlisle Bay.   Since then three events have been successfully hosted, attracting hundreds of swimmers, from recreational to elite and ranging in age from five to eighty three years old. At least fifteen countries have been represented at the event and swimmers with impressive resumes, such as 2010 World Open Water (25km) Champion, Alex Meyer and elite distance swimmer Erica Moffett have attended.


Following the introduction of an open water 10 km race at the 2008 Olympics the popularity of open water swimming has substantially increased and Barbados possesses excellent conditions for such swimming with the favoured location being the historic and magnificent Carlisle Bay.  The Bay is a designated Marine Park and in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site: “Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison”.


Laurie, visiting from Calgary in 2013, thought the swim was “truly paradise since Canadian open water swimmers usually only experience cold murky water conditions”. In her Club’s newsletter she noted: “Many starfish were easily seen on the white sandy bottom and several sea turtles were swimming the same loop as the competitors”.  A British Swimmer said: “Think pinch yourself perfect conditions” and this about sums it up!


While the swim races are the focal point of the day (1.5km and 5km), the kayak relay races and the stand up paddling races provided great excitement for spectators and raised funds for Variety: the Childrens Charity.  It’s a fun-filled day for competitors and spectators with the races, a beach barbecue, music and wonderful water!

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