Sample of Sentiments from participants
FROM HONG KONG
Dear Christina, It was a great day, so thank you for all the organization and the memory of Barbados. I used to swim here for Barbados as a kid but have not been back for 40 years!. We live in Hong Kong now.
Thanks for a lovely event. It has the potential to grow to be the premiere open water event in the Caribbean
FROM TORONTO, CANADA
Thank you very much for allowing me the honor of participating in your inaugural event. I felt very welcomed and sincerely appreciate the kindness of Zary and Kristina (the host organizers). As it was my first time outside North America, and I was very amazed by the beauty of Barbados:-) I remember that moment because the timers were telling me to hurry up and cross the finish so they could record my time. I decided to chillax and truly appreciate the moment by thanking them and mozying across the line with a smile. I love Barbados:-):-)
Ladies from New Jersey
Susan: Loved your 'Swim The Bay' event!! We had such a blast swimming with the turtles each loop and enjoyed all of the sights in the gorgeous sea! Fabulous event ... Fabulous new friends ... Fabulous prizes ... Fabulous island!! Thank you for all your hard work to host such a festive day of aquatic fun in the sea! Already looking forward to the next time that I can return to swim in your event again! Happy open water swimming!!
Sarah: Beautiful race and well organized. Enjoyed meeting new people and swimming in the crystal clear waters of Barbados. Great prizes were handed out!!!!! Looking forward to coming back in the near future to do this race again!!!
From Calgary, CANADA:
Couldn't have asked for a better day to swim 5 km in Barbados! Thanks for organizing this open water event, I will be telling all my fellow Canadian master swimmers about it. See you next year!
From Connecticut, USA:
Hello Zary and Kristina....
Thank you so much for the fantastic event that you organized in Barbados!!!!!! I can not think of one negative thing to say.
1. Everything was so precise/well run/timely/very , very, safe for all swimmers/beautiful course/unbelievable prizes/course well marked ......... great job!!!!! I have never been to a swimming event where the participants etc. stuck around after..... this was an amazing day of other water sports..... which made for a full day of fun/food and drink// great music as well. I will definitely be returning next year with my girlfriend to compete as well... I move into the over 55 category next year so hopefully I can capture a top three finish in that category...
Dear Zary & Kristina
A short note from me to thank you guys very much indeed for a wonderful day at Carlisle Bay today. My son and I both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves The 5km was an unforgettable experience. Although I was trying to race, to be surrounded by so many beautiful fish, turtles and other sea life was just incredible and also very distracting! It is hard to explain just how complete a contrast today was to most of the open water swimming in the UK.
Truly a day that my son and I will remember for the rest of our lives. Thanks to everyone who helped and I hope that we get to return to your beautiful island again before too long. Best wishes, Jim
The Festival aims to bring together open water swimmers of all levels from recreational to elite, SUPers and kayakers of all ages to experience swimming and water sport in Carlisle Bay and to enjoy the island with the other participants, family and friends.