This year will be the 9th edition of the Barbados Open
Water Festival! The very first one was a one day event
with two races but over the years practice swims and additional
races were added. The current schedule is three practice swims
and two days of races (1.5K, 3.3K, 5K, 10K). ENTER
2019: The first race day was overcast with thick
black clouds looming and news of a severe thunderstorm in the
north of the island - yes, it occasionally rains in paradise! .
Luckily at Carlisle Bay the race continued albeit through a
torrential downpour which began as soon as the horn sounded for the
start of the race. Thunder was audible in the distance as the three
hundred and ninety five swimmers crossed the finish line. The
following day the sun came out and an absolutely gorgeous day
ensued with excellent conditions for the three hundred plus
swimmers in the Sunday races. Read more about
the 2019 Festival here.
Was a pleasure hosting Steph Horner at the 2019
Festival! The Pan Am Medalist and three-time Olympian was
victorious in both the 1.5K race and the 10K race. Horner, the
first Canadian female to win an Open Water World Cup event, hopes
to qualify for her fourth Olympics in Tokyo. Good Luck
It was the Year of the Canadians....In addition to
Horner attending, a group of 22 competitive swimmers hailing
from four provinces across Canada led by Mark Perry, Swimming
Canada's Open Water Coach, were present at the Festival.
Additionally, the FreeStyle Experience (with arms in air) led
by Canadian Olympian Katie Brambley returned for a fourth
Watch one of our 2019
Videos below. This is day 2 of Races (7 am - 10K start, 9 am - 3.3K
and 5K start).
Was a blast in 2019! Can't wait to
welcome swimmers back in 2020.
Our guest swimmers (pictured above) were "a hit"
with the other swimmers! South African Cameron Bellamy (left)
is well known in Barbados after his 90K swim around the island in
2018 and his unprecedented 151K swim from Barbados to St Lucia
(longest channel swim ever) in 2019. American Jaimie Monahan
(right) is a queen of the ice swimming world as well as a marathon
swimmer and made her first visit to Barbados in 2019. They are
posing with Festival regular Beth Schiller of the
Barbados was well represented in
all races. In the 3.3K local juniors Adara Stoddard and Toni
Walrond had a one-two finish. Leslie Dusevic was
third. Local Masters had several age group placings. The
future of open water swimming seems bright judging by the number of
junior swimmers taking part. The
largest local group, Saltwater Swimmers, pictured
below with coaches Gillian (left) & Lisa (right).