Penny Palfrey wanted to do something outrageously
difficult. Something unprecedented and unheard of. Something that
captured her imagination and pushed her to the
very outer reaches of her potential.
She selected a stretch of water
14,615 kilometers from her home in Queensland, Australia – the outrageously beautiful Cayman
Islands in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba and east of Mexico.
She teamed up with the Flowers
Group and Red Sails Sports working with the best
mariners and most knowledgeable Government
representatives in the Cayman Islands.
Together with a hand-picked crew of 46 people from 8 countries, her crew
plotted and planned a two-part swim under the leadership of Frank
Flowers and Red Sail Sports. She first swam 5 miles (8K) between Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
A few days later, she swam 68 miles (109K) from Little Cayman to Grand
Cayman. Her swim was never easy as ocean swells and surface chop plagued
her, the entire 40 hours and 41 minute journey. With her crew and the Cayman Islands Government
at her side, she braved the waters of the Caribbean to capture the imagination
of the nation.
For her courage in attempting the unprecedented and for
the coordination demonstrated by the local team, Bridging
the Cayman Islands is
a worthy nominee for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the
WOWSA aims to promote open water swimming as a global sport for those of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. It hosts the World Open Water Swimming Awards to recognize the open water swimming’s heroes and heroines.
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