Press Release:– On Friday, September 13th, 2019 at 8:20 AM with a crowd standing on the beach, Cameron Bellamy stepped into the waters at St Peter’s Bay, Barbados.
This may have been an ordinary start for open water swimming, but this was not planned as an ordinary swim.
Bellamy’s challenge was to swim from Barbados to Saint Lucia – a 94 mile expanse of open sea.
This was not the original swim plan that Bellamy had been planning for 8 months.
Bellamy had been planning to swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida when just 3 weeks ago was officially called off due to permit regulation changes for the support boat.
However, Bellamy had already been watching for other possible swims and came up with his Plan B – Barbados to Saint Lucia!
With a comparable distance and never have been attempted, this Plan B started to quickly become Plan A for Bellamy and his support crew.
He had a team from Swim Barbados, headed by Kristina Evelyn, behind him and received extra assistance from the St Lucia Channel Swim organizers. Together the swim came to fruition.
The original start date for the swim was Sunday, September 15th but with a weather system to affect the region, the date was moved earlier to Sept. 13th.
Expecting the swim could take between 55 to 65 hours, Bellamy anxiously trained for weeks in Barbados, completing three 24 hours swims.
As the morning quickly approached, and Bellamy started this historic swim, the buzz filled the air.
The international open water community, as well as the region, were all amazed at this attempt.
With Mother Nature doing her part, the swim went on with calm seas and waters throughout the day and full moon light at night.
Bellamy entered Saint Lucia waters overnight and at dawn on Sunday, Sept 15th they could see the coast of Saint Lucia about 30 miles out.
The sight of land for the first time in 35-40 hours not only made the crew smile but gave Bellamy the push he needed to get to the coast.
As the day progressed, with a swift current, the expected “touch” time went from 8 PM to 6PM to some where from 4 to 5 PM.
The current was pulling so strong that the intended landing spot of Sandy Beach had to be moved. Although there as a growing crowd at Sandy Beach, there was no physical way for Cameron to walk onto the beach with the strong current from the southeast.
Instead, at 4:43 PM after 56 hours 26 minutes (unofficial) of swimming, Cameron touched a rock at Moule-a-Chique in Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia.
Waiting on the fisheries dock in Vieux Fort for Cameron and crew was his mom, Janita Bellamy, and the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastenet.
Along with them were hundreds of warm-wishers to welcome this amazing athlete to the beautiful island of Saint Lucia!
Included a representative from the SLHTA and Bay Gardens Resorts, Sanovnik Destang; members of the St Lucia Aquatics Federation, members of the press, and the finest of Royal Saint Lucia Police Force various departments.
The general public standing on the jetties and docks as the Marine Police vessel escorted in the catamaran showed how loving Saint Lucians really are!