All photos by Derek Caroll
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Grand Bahama Island - The 40th Annual Bernie Butler BASRA Swim Marathon and Beach Party took place on August 21st at Coral Beach in Freeport. Each summer the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association organizes this family favourite to raise funds. This year was deemed by those in attendance, and from organizers, as the best ever!
Maya Albury of Freeport came out 1st overall for the women, and Dustin Tynes, also of Freeport came out 1st overall for the men.
This year the Tent Decorating Contest theme was The 70's. This year's winners were Lena Chandler, Laura Bethel, Renee Slone, Amber De Gregory, and Brad Bethel with their tent called Kapunkle.
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The Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (Grand Bahama) is a dedicated non-profit voluntary organization committed to saving the lives of distressed seamen or airmen in the Bahamas. They are supported only by private donations and therefore require your support through their fundraising projects. Aside from the costs of their daily operations and rescue efforts, they are seeking to purchase modern lifesaving equipment like defibrillators. In addition, they are looking to the future where they can have a permanent waterfront base of operations with their own building, on Grand Bahama.
The Swim Marathon is two miles long and encourages fitness enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels to come out and swim from Our Lucaya to Coral Beach. The kids get involved with a one mile and half mile swim. This is always an exciting event, with the fastest swimmers taking thirty minutes to finish, to the last hardy competitors completing in about two hours. Right after this epic event is the famous beach party on Coral Beach. The general public is invited to attend and take part in the biggest beach party of the season. There is food, games, beverages, and it’s fun to meet up with people you haven’t seen in a while. Of course, since it’s a beach party, it’s also the place for the girls to show off their figures in the latest styles of bikinis.
Here are the official OVERALL results for 2010 (see BOTTOM for BY AGE results):