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CAPE POINT
first swim:

1979 Lynne Cox

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SWIM LOCATION: Cape Point

Cape Point is the southern-most point of the Cape Peninsula and the de facto meeting place for the cold Atlantic and warm Indian oceans. Treacherous seas, rocky cliffs with few landing opportunities, and sharks make this a formidable swim.

AVERAGE TEMP:15°C

 

HISTORY:

SWIM NAME:

CAPE POINT

The first successful swim around Cape Point was in 1979 by the world-renowned American swimmer Lynne Cox. She completed the 8km swim from Diaz beach to Buffels Bay in just under 3 hours. The swim was only attempted again in the 90s by British swimmer Lewis Pugh, who swam a shorter route of less than 3km. The next attempt was in March 2004 by 24-year old Capetonian swimmer Carina Bruwer who finished the swim in 2:20, becoming the first South African to complete the swim. Her success received a lot of interest from the media and fellow open water swimmers, and 2 weeks later the first South African men - Capetonians Ram Barkai and Andrew Chin - rounded the Cape successfully in a time of 3:39. 

LEVEL:  Cold water experience definitely needed
DISTANCE:   8km
AVERAGE TEMP:   15°C  

 

SWIM NAME:

THREE CAPES


Three days later four swimmers were back in the water, swimming a longer route of 10.2km, and setting a new route they named "The Three Capes" - rounding the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Maclear and Cape Point. Gill Stamrood, Lewis Pugh, and Tony Sellmeyer finished the swim together in 3:15, whilst Kevin Anderson took a shorter route from Cape of Good Hope to Antonies Gat. In February 2005 Christof Wandratsch  took more than an hour off this time and holds the current record at 1:59. Diaz beach to Buffels Bay remains the most popular course with no less than 14 swimmers completing it together in March 2014. Both the mens and womans records were broken during this swim.

LEVEL: Cold water experience definitely needed
DISTANCE: 10.2km
AVERAGE TEMP:      15°C 

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