Powerful strokes

A Day on the Bay: Freedom Swim 2015

Powerful strokes
Powerful strokes

This year we were once again a support boat for the annual Freedom Swim, from Robben Island to Big Bay. This is a 7.5 kilometre route, held every year in April, this year on the 11th. The water is, as you can imagine, often quite cold, and this affects the number of swimmers who are able to complete the route.

Catherine keeps an eye on Ned
Catherine keeps an eye on Ned

This year we supported Ned Denison, an American swimmer who bases himself out of Cork in Ireland (for swimming purposes). I read about his Cork Distance Week – a terrifying bootcamp of open water swimming – a few years ago and was interested to meet him. He has done every open water distance swim you can imagine, including a swim across False Bay from Rooi Els to Miller’s Point.

The press boat filming Ned
The press boat filming Ned

Apart from a very misty start, the day was perfect with no wind and extremely calm seas. Tony kept a good line straight from Murray’s Bay harbour on Robben Island to Big Bay on the Table Bay coastline. Ned didn’t stop once, and finished the swim in under two hours. It was a great day to be out on the boat, and fantastic to watch such a renowned swimmer in action.

Tony watching Ned
Tony watching Ned

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Scuba diver, teacher, gadget man, racing driver, boat skipper, photographer, and collector of stray animals

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