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SWIM LOCATION: False Bay

False Bay is a natural bay that stretches along the peninsula's eastern coastline from the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve at Cape Point to Cape Hangklip. It was named "False Bay" when early navigators mistook Cape Hangklip for Cape Point, which resulted in many shipwrecks in the bay with its strong cross winds and rocky routes. It is the largest true bay in South Africa and one of the great bays in the world. The water body covers approximately 1000km2, and the coastline, which makes up the Southern portion of the breath-taking Cape Peninsula, and includes the area from Muizenberg to Cape Point, is about 32km in extent.

HISTORY:
In the early days of long distance swimming coastal swims in False Bay were the swim of choice, primarily because the water is considerably warmer than that of the Atlantic and there is generally less swell. Swims from Simonstown to Muizenberg were organised fairly regularly, as were annual Mile swims in Simonstown and Fish Hoek bays.

AVERAGE TEMP: 15°C

 

HISTORY:

ACROSS FALSE BAY
The Everest of Cape swims is the crossing of False Bay itself from Rooi Els to Miller's Point, a distance of 35km. The difficulty of the swim can be attributed to strong and unpredictable currents and winds, icy and often inconsistent water temperatures, and the fact that False Bay has one of the highest populations of Great White sharks in the world. The swim has only been attempted about 20 times, and to date only five swimmers have completed it: Annemie Landmeters in 1989, Steven Klugman in 2004, Carina Bruwer in 2006, Barend Nortje in 2007. Ned Denison, who lives in Cork, Ireland, completed the swim on New Year's Eve in 2012. Sadly due to danger of shark attacks most swimming events in False Bay have been discontinued.

LEVEL: Expert cold water experience definitely needed
DISTANCE: 35km
AVERAGE TEMP: 15°C
RECORD HOLDER: Barend Nortje
RECORD DATE: 5 March 2007
RECORD TIME: 09:17:00

ROUTE VARIATIONS

SWIM NAME: Simonstown - Muizenberg
LEVEL: Cold water experience needed
DISTANCE: 10km
RECORD HOLDER: Annemie Landmeters
RECORD DATE: 10 March 1990
RECORD TIME: 02:18:00

 

SWIM NAME: Simonstown - Muizenberg - Simonstown 
LEVEL: Cold water experience needed
DISTANCE: 20km
RECORD HOLDER: Annemie Landmeters
RECORD DATE: 18 December 1988
RECORD TIME: 05:17:00

 

​​​​​​​SWIM NAME: Kommetjie - Hout Bay 
LEVEL:Cold water experience needed
DISTANCE: 9km
​​​​​​​RECORD HOLDER: Derek Yach
RECORD DATE: 24 February 1990
RECORD TIME: 02:53:00

 

SWIM NAME: Fishhoek - Miller's Point 11km
LEVEL:Cold water experience needed
DISTANCE: 11km
​​​​​​​RECORD HOLDER: Lewis Pugh
RECORD DATE: 2 June 2018 
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RECORD TIME: 03:22:00