Bridging The Cayman Islands
Formerly a world-class pool swimmer, Penny has reached her stride in channel swimming as she has set records in the Strait of Gibraltar, Molokai Channel and Santa Barbara Channel as well as completed swims in the Cook Strait, English Channel, Catalina Channel and various other swims from Lake Taupo in Australia to the Cayman Brac Channel in the Caribbean Sea.
The Bridging The Cayman Islands is estimated to take Penny between 30 - 40 hours of non-stop swimming in seas where she will encounter waves, winds, currents and marine life. The swim is organized by Frank Flowers of the C.L. Flowers Group in the Cayman Islands.
The Bridging The Cayman Islands is described as the unimaginable, the unpredictable and the unprecedented.
She will swim non-stop 67.26 miles or 4,840 laps of a 25-yard pool. She will walk into the warm Caribbean Sea from Little Cayman Island in the early morning hours of June 9th and will put her head down and not stop until she climbs on shore on Grand Cayman approximately 35 – 40 hours later.
She will have an 65-foot mother ship with medical staff, media and support crew . She will also be escorted by a second 65-foot boat from Red Sail and a smaller rubber boat. Her husband Chris will be on the 65-foot escort boat with a crew of seasoned support watermen from New York to Hawaii. Penny is sandwiched between the escort boats and a kayaker. Every 30 minutes, Penny will slow momentarily for a hydration, feeding and navigational information. Within 5 – 10 seconds, she quickly down drinks and energy bars and receives information on her distance swum. It is a focused, intense, brief respite that entails extreme coordination between escort boat pilots, her support crew and Penny herself. Then the process begins again. Over and over again. For nearly two straight days. Swimming at a little over 2 miles per hour. No fins, no wetsuits. Just fueled her own incredible stamina and graceful swimming technique.
She may encounter the marine life of the sea. She may experience hyperthemia. She may be stung unmercifully. And she will certainly experience a depth of exhaustion that is only known by a rare few.
She will be covered live through a variety of means – Twitter and live audio feeds directly from her boats.
Penny, formerly a world-class pool swimmer and now known as one of the world’s fiercest adventurers, is from Townsville, Queensland, Australia. She will depend on a lifetime of experiences to get her 67.26 miles as she completes Bridging The Cayman Islands
- Cayman Airways
- Sunshine Suites Resort Grand Cayman
- Cayman Islands
- Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports & Culture
- Red Sail Sports
- Flowers Group
- Caymanian Compass
- Radio Cayman Cayman Islands
- Breeze fm 105.3 Cayman Islands
Marathon Swimming Career
- Rottnest Channel in 2000 in 4:46 at the age of 37
- Rottnest Channel in 2001 in 4:36 at the age of 38
- Rottnest Channel in 2003 in 6:42 at the age of 40
- Rottnest Channel in 2004 in 5:12 at the age of 41
- Rottnest Channel in 2005 in 4:40 at the age of 42
- Rottnest Channel in 2006 in 5:52 at the age of 43
- English Channel (England-France) in 2006 in 9:16 at the age of 44
- Cook Strait (South Island-North Island) in 2006 in 8:26 at the age of 43
- Strait of Gibraltar (Spain–Morocco) in 2006 in 4:32 at the age of 43
- Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 2007 in 8:36 at the age of 44
- English Channel (England-France) in 2007 in 9:07 at the age of 45
- Freo to Rotto Big Splash in 2007 in 4:40 at the age of 44
- Rottnest Channel in 2008 in 5:24 at the age of 45
- Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 2008 in 7:35 at the age of 45
- Santa Barbara Channel (San Miguel-Mainland) in 2008, 45K in 11:29 at the age of 46
- Tampa Bay Marathon Swim in 2008 in 7:51 at the age of 45
- Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 2009 in 7:17 at the age of 46
- Maui Channel (Maui-Lanai) in 2009 in 4:31 at the age of 46
- Hawaii's Alenuihaha Channel (Hawaii-Maui) in 2009, 75K in 14:51 at the age of 46
- Santa Barbara Channel (Santa Barbara-Mainland) in 2009, 64K in 17:53 at the age of 47
- Strait of Gibraltar (Spain–Morocco-Spain) in 2010 in 8:27 (3:03 + 5:24) at the age of 47
- Rottnest Channel Swim in 2010 in 5:41 at the age of 47
- Catalina Channel (Catalina–Mainland) in 2010 in 10:36 and 13.5°C (56°F) at the age of 48
- Hawaii's Kaieiewaho Channel (Oahu-Kauai) in March, 2010 (halted due to Portuguese Man o' War)
- Hawaii's Kaieiewaho Channel (Oahu-Kauai) in November, 2010 (halted due to Portuguese Man o' War)
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