Penny Palfrey Returns To The Cayman Islands

Penny Palfrey Returns To The Cayman Islands

Penny Palfrey will return to the site of one of her greatest adventures – the Cayman Islands – this June. She will participate in one of the world’s greatest open water swimming events, the Flowers Sea Swim.

The last time Penny Palfrey was in the Cayman Islands, she swam 68 miles between Little Cayman Island and Grand Cayman Island, a breathtaking experience that has prepared her well to take upon her next Caribbean Sea swim between Cuba and Florida.

Nestled in the calm, turquoise waters of the western Caribbean, Penny was supported in the Caribbean paradise by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and the Flowers Group, race organizers of the annual Flowers Sea Swim.

From her base of Townsville in Queensland, Australia, Penny feels right at home in the turquoise blue waters of the Cayman Islands. Penny and 800 other swimmers ages 8-80 will take part in the 20th anniversary of the year of the Flowers Sea Swim. Many enter to simply participate; some strive to win the US$25,000 prize to break the world’s open water swimming mile record or the US$5,000 prize to break the course records including Codie Grimsey.

While Codie is making a name for himself, Penny continues to do so:

1. Rottnest Channel in 2000 in 4:46 at the age of 37
2. Rottnest Channel in 2001 in 4:36 at the age of 38
3. Rottnest Channel in 2003 in 6:42 at the age of 40
4. Rottnest Channel in 2004 in 5:12 at the age of 41
5. Rottnest Channel in 2005 in 4:40 at the age of 42
6. Rottnest Channel in 2006 in 5:52 at the age of 43
7. English Channel (England-France) in 2006 in 9:16 at the age of 44
8. Cook Strait (South Island-North Island) in 2006 in 8:26 at the age of 43
9. Strait of Gibraltar (Spain–Morocco) in 2006 in 4:32 at the age of 43
10. Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 2007 in 8:36 at the age of 44
11. English Channel (England-France) in 2007 in 9:07 at the age of 45
12. Freo to Rotto Big Splash in 2007 in 4:40 at the age of 44
13. Rottnest Channel in 2008 in 5:24 at the age of 45
14. Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 2008 in 7:35 at the age of 45
15. Santa Barbara Channel (San Miguel-Mainland) in 2008, 45K in 11:29 at the age of 46
16. Tampa Bay Marathon Swim in 2008 in 7:51 at the age of 45
17. Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 2009 in 7:17 at the age of 46
18. Maui Channel (Maui-Lanai) in 2009 in 4:31 at the age of 46
19. Hawaii’s Alenuihaha Channel (Hawaii-Maui) in 2009, 75K in 14:51 at the age of 46
20. Santa Barbara Channel (Santa Barbara-Mainland) in 2009, 64K in 17:53 at the age of 47
21. Strait of Gibraltar (Spain–Morocco-Spain) in 2010 in 8:27 (3:03 + 5:24) at the age of 47
22. Rottnest Channel Swim in 2010 in 5:41 at the age of 47
23. Catalina Channel (Catalina–Mainland) in 2010 in 10:36 and 13.5°C (56°F) at the age of 48
24. Hawaii’s Kaieiewaho Channel (Oahu-Kauai) in March, 2010 (halted due to Portuguese Man o War)
25. Hawaii’s Kaieiewaho Channel (Oahu-Kauai) in November, 2010 (halted due to Portuguese Man o War)
26. Bridging The Cayman Islands in June 2011



Photos above show Penny before and after her Bridging The Cayman Islands swim.

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