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South African attempting to swim around Barbados

SHERRYLYN TOPPIN, sherrylynclarke@nationnews.com

Added 08 September 2018


Kayaker Chris Sikkens and Both Worlds captained by Allan Bradshaw alongside swimmer Cameron Bellamy. (GP)

South African Cameron Bellamy has been on the water for almost 20 hours as he attempts to become the first person to swim around Barbados.

Just before 3 p.m. today, he passed Barclays Park after a tough stint along the south-eastern part of the island.

"The south-east was difficult,” said volunteer Kristina Evelyn who is handling logistics and communications.

“He had to swim a little farther out than he expected because the waves were hitting on the cliffs and then the backwash, it was too choppy. He was not moving forward as he should, so he had to swim out farther to get away from the cliffs. And there was quite a lot of current.

“He knew that was going to be his toughest place, so he was quite tired by the time he got to Consett Bay, but after Consett Bay he was going with the current, so then it became a little bit easier.”

Bellamy has already swum further than anyone who attempted this challenge.

Evelyn is also coordinating the shifts on the support boat. She said currently, there are two medics, two observers, two kayakers/feeders, the captain and two co-pilots.

Bellamy is taking on fluid every 30 minutes and eats every hour.

He left Pebbles Beach last night around 7 o’clock and is expected to land tomorrow morning, once all goes well.

His progress in the water can be tracked at https://track.rs/cameron

Bellamy is raising funds for Variety The Children's Charity and Brightwater Kids. (SAT)


Cameron Bellamy passed Barclays Park just before 3 p.m. as shown on the map below.



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