What a Week for Jon Vickers from Robben Island
Between April 25th and May 2nd, he completed seven 7.4 km crossings from Robben Island, ratified by the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association. The water temperature ranged from 9.8°C to 12.9°C over the 7 days.
- April 25th: he made a 3 hour 5 minute 14 second one-way crossing from Robben Island to Big Bay.
- April 27th: he made a 6 hour 8 minute 23 second two-way crossing.
- April 28th: he made a 3 hour 40 minute 42 second one-way crossing.
- April 29th: he made a 3 hour 27 minute 15 second one-way crossing.
- May 1st: he made a 3 hour 26 minute 15 second one-way crossing.
- May 2nd: he made a 3 hour 11 minute 16 second one-way crossing.
Vickers explained his motivation for the unprecedented challenge, “I was a former Royal Marine Commando that served for over 6 and half year. Like many of us before me and still today, we get lost and depressed in the civilian word after leaving such a great regiment. So I decided I needed something for myself to challenge me and that’s when I started open water swimming.
I trained hard for my first Robben Island crossing. Once I had finished the cold 7.4 km swim to Big Bay, the bug bit me. I knew this was my new lease on life and a start of a new challenge. I ended up swimming more Robben Island swims and decided to sign up for the amazing English Channel swim. Part of my training, I decided to do a challenge for myself, seven Robben Island crossings in 7 days to raise funds for Achmat Hassiem, a local South African hero who lost his leg to a great white shark 15 years ago, but after a recent back operation, he is now bed bound for life. I did the challenge in an average of 10.5°C water and raised over 4000 pounds in 3 weeks for his family to look after him.”
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