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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, and now Miller's Point to Rooi Els, a distance of 33km. 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. Swimmers that have completed it: Annemie Landmeters 1989, Steven Klugman 2004, Carina Bruwer  2006, Barend Nortje 2007, Ryan Stramrood 2021. Ned Denison from Ireland, swam on New Year's Eve 2012. New record by a relay team - Katherine Persson, Eva Dirkson, Georgia Smith, Karen Graaff.

ROUTE: Miller's Point to Rooi Els
LEVEL: Expert cold water experience needed
DISTANCE: 33km
AVERAGE TEMP: 15°C
RECORD HOLDER: Ryan Stramrood
RECORD DATE: 18 March 2021
RECORD TIME: 08:39:50

ROUTE VARIATIONS

SWIM NAME: Simonstown - Muizenberg
LEVEL: Cold water experience needed
DISTANCE: 10km
 

SWIM NAME: Simonstown - Muizenberg - Simonstown 
LEVEL: Cold water experience needed
DISTANCE: 20km
 

SWIM NAME: Kommetjie - Hout Bay 
LEVEL:Cold water experience needed
DISTANCE: 9km
 

SWIM NAME: Fishhoek - Miller's Point
LEVEL:Cold water experience needed
DISTANCE: 11km