Tag: Cape Town

72 Times And Counting

A leader in the water and in the boardroom. South African Theodore Yach is at 72 and counting. Yach has for more than four decades completed a solo swim from Robben Island to Cape Town 72 times. In 2009 he became the first person to swim from Cape Town around Robben Island and back. But every time, he subjects himself to jellyfish stings, bluebottles,

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Casting A Straight Line Out In The Sea

We have seen open water swimmers fighting valiantly through huge seas with rolling swells larger than two-story buildings. Channel swimmers in the Kaiwi Channel between Molokai and Oahu in Hawaii, or swimmers heading through the Potato Patch as they swim to or from the Farallon Islands near San Francisco also occasionally face arduous conditions rarely seen

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Arend Grondman, From Skipper To Swimmer

Roger Finch, a member of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming and the Half Century Club, lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. 1,263 miles from Cape Town and a large platoon of the South African extreme swimmers, ice swimmers, marathon swimmers and channel swimmers, Finch found it a tough task logistically to prepare for his channel swims in the

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Cold Water Cut-off In Cape Town

So how cold is the water in Cape Town, South Africa? "In Cape Town, we are lucky in that the water temperatures varies all year round and week round so anything from an 8ºC (460ºF) swim to 16ºC (61ºF) swim is possible and probable. But the water seldom drops below 10ºC (50ºF)," explains Andrew Chin. "The coldest I think we have had is around 7.5ºC (45ºF).

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The Cold Hard Facts Of Marathon Training

With Joseph Locke's attempt at swimming 30 miles (48 km) from the Golden Gate Bridge through the Red Triangle to the Great White Shark haven of the Farallon Islands in water that started at 51°F (10.5°C) and then fell to 47°F (8.3°C) as the air temperature hovered just over 41°F (5°C), the amount of cold-water acclimatization training necessary to complete

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