Cameron Bellamy

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Cameron Bellamy is a 46-year-old South African open water swimmer and adventurer residing in San Francisco who became the first South African and 11th person in history to completed the Oceans Seven. He trains in the San Francisco Bay with the South End Rowing Club and is a member of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 as an Honor Swimmer. He serves as a Marathon Swimming Mentor.

Adventure Career

He is the founder of the Ubunye Challenge.

He rowed 6,620 km across the Indian Ocean from Geraldton, Australia to Mahé, Seychelles in 56 days, finishing on 11 August 2014 on a 6-person team.

He cycled 6,000 km solo and unassisted from Beijing, China to Kanyakumari, India along the Silk Road, into Central Asia and then down to the southern India which took 4 months.

He cycled 1,500 km from Lands End to John o’ Groats, a ride from the southernmost tip of the UK to its northernmost tip in 6 days.

He cycled 1,000 km unassisted across Colombia, a ride over the Andes mountain range from Cartagena to Manizales.

Open Water Swimming Career

On 9 July 2012, he crossed the English Channel from England to France in 16 hours 29 minutes 10 seconds at the age of 40.

On 16 April 2015, he crossed the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco in 4 hours 1 minute at the age of 42.

On 16 May 2015, he crossed 10.2 km from Three Anchor Bay to Robben Island in South Africa in 4 hours 46 minutes.

On 8 November 2015, he crossed the Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland in 11 hours 54 minutes.

On 14 July 2016, he crossed the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 12 hours 22 minutes 40 seconds at the age of 44 to raise funds for ECD in Africa.

On 40 September 2016, he swam 6.4 km from Robben Island to Blouberg in South Africa in 2 hours 45 minutes at the age of 44.

On 26 February 2016, he crossed the Molokai Channel from Molokai to Oahu in 16 hours 1 minute at the age of 44.

In October 2016, he attempted a crossing of the Tsugaru Channel in a tandem swim with Steve Walker in the latest attempt on record.

On 11 March 2016, he crossed the Cook Strait in a tandem swim with Steve Walker, finishing in 12 hours and 44 minutes.

On 28 September 2016, he swam 16.1 km from Aquatic Park to Angel Island and back in 6 hours 28 minutes 44 seconds at the age of 45.

On 20 June 2018, he crossed the Tsugaru Channel from Honshu to Hokkaido in Japan in 11 hours 6 minutes 28 seconds.

In September 2018, he attempted a 90 km circumnavigation swim around Barbados called Swim Around Barbados, swimming for over 26 hours and 66 km, but he aborted the swim short of his goal, vowing to return.

On 14 November 2018, he completed a 90 km circumnavigation swim around Barbados in 40 hours 46 minutes to join the 24-Hour Club.

He was named one of the World’s 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2019 by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

He was voted the Solo Swim of the Year by the Marathon Swimmers Federation for 2018.

On 13-15 September 2019, he completed a 150 km solo charity swim from Barbados to St. Lucia in the Caribbean Sea to support the Ubunye Challenge in 56 hours 55 minutes. He started at 8:18 am on 13 September 2019 and finished at 5:13 pm on 15 September 2019 at the age of 37. The swim was ratified by the Barbados Aquatic Sports Association. His crew included:

2019 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination

Bellamy’s 151 Barbados to St. Lucia channel swim was nominated for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award as follows:

Even after his unprecedented 96 circumnavigation swim around Barbados, Cameron Bellamy’s insatiable appetite for marathon swimming continued. He planned and trained for a 165 km swim from Cuba to Florida. But political and bureaucratic obstacles were insurmountable after a year of hard training that included three 24-hour training swims in Barbados. So he shifted gears and looked globally for a comparably difficult swim to the Cuba-Florida crossing. He decided to attempt an unprecedented swim from Barbados to St. Lucia. Feeling confident and with a strong support team behind him in Barbados and Saint Lucia, he was all-in and went all-out as is his modus operandi. He set off to become the first person to swim across the 151 km channel crossing from Barbados to St. Lucia. After 56 hours 26 minutes swimming steadily in the warm, highly salinated water, Bellamy was greeted onshore by hundreds of admirers including the Prime Minister of St. Lucia. For creating a successful charitable organization called the Ubunye Challenge that raises funds for myriad causes, for utilizing his training base and logistical talents to pioneer a 151 km channel swim in the Caribbean Sea, and for planning and executing the year’s longest ocean swim in duration while inspiring the Caribbean swimming community while working in Silicon Valley, the Barbados to St. Lucia 151 km channel crossing by Cameron Bellamy is a worthy nominee for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

He was nominated for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

Cameron Bellamy has cycled and rowed long distances over the course of his athletic career, setting two Guinness World Records. He only recently caught the open water swimming bug. But once Bellamy became immersed in the open water world, he was all-in and went all-out as is his innate modus operandi. He started from scratch and subsequently crossed the English Channel (16 hours 29 minutes), Strait of Gibraltar (4 hours 1 minute), Catalina Channel (11 hours 54 minutes), North Channel (12 hours 22 minutes), Molokai Channel (16 hours 1 minute), Cook Strait (12 hours 44 minutes) and Tsugaru Channel (11 hours 6 minutes) to become the first South African to achieve the Oceans Seven. But the 46-year-old did not rest on his laurels and later attempted a 96 km circumnavigation swim around Barbados, swimming for over 26 hours and 66 km before he aborted the swim. For creating a successful charitable organization called the Ubunye Challenge that raises funds for sustainable development in the poorest areas of Africa through sports challenges, for returning to Japan to tackle the Tsugaru Channel in order to achieve the Oceans Seven after an initial DNF, and for planning a second 96 km circumnavigation swim around Barbados while helping the local Caribbean swimming community and working in Silicon Valley, Cameron Bellamy of South Africa is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

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Special Honors Marathon/Channel Swimming

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