Open-water swimmer and proud Capetonian, Theodore Yach (58), will attempt his 100th Robben Island crossing in March 2016 (exact date subject to weather conditions), the first swimmer in history to do so. The 10.4 km gruelling route from Robben Island to Three Anchor Bay sees Yach and many of South Africa’s top open-water swimmers facing icy 10-14 degree seas with nothing more than a Speedo brief, swimming cap & goggles. Yach will be welcomed at Three Anchor Bay beach by the likes of Premier Helen Zille, International Conservation Icon Lewis Pugh, Professor Tim Noakes and legendary open water swimmer and cardio thoracic surgeon Otto Thaning.
The 100th crossing is already garnering world-wide media attention. Yach says: ‘The International OpenMarathon Swimming Hall of Fame has committed to recognising and ratifying my 100 crossings as the first time in the history of the sport that anyone has completed 100 open water swims from point A to point B in the world, a great honour for me , as will our local Cape Long Distance Swimming Association who ratify all ocean swims in Cape Town.’ As one of the founders of the Cape Town Partnership in 1999 and Cape Town Central City Improvement district in 2000 and a recipient of the Cape Town City’s medal for community service in 2010, the Capetonian is passionate about the upliftment of the City and supporting local causes.
He will be swimming to raise funds for six charities, namely: The Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Paper Video, NSRI Water wise Project, Wynberg Boys Aquatic Centre, Highlands House and The Herzlia Foundation Trust. He says: ‘I hope the public will get behind the swim by donating to one or more of the worthwhile charities I have carefully selected.’