Warm-hearted swimmers brave the icy ocean
3.5km route off Clifton’s 3rd beach.
The race was part of the Cadiz Swim Series, cold-water sea swims which celebrate SA, promote open-water swimming and raise funds for good causes. A total of R9 000 was raised yesterday for the Open Water Swimming Development Trust.
First home in yesterday’s 3.5km race was 15-year-old Callum Bell in a time of 52.41minutes while the mile (1.6km) was won by Vasow Stevens in 23:27.
Bell, a grade nine student at Bishops, said the swim was “fun but cold in places”, adding that “swimming for such a good cause” made it worthwhile.
Hazel Mcqueen, who finishedsecond in the mile, said even though organisers put the water temperature at 14°C, “it felt more like 12°C”.
“There were warm and cold patches, a strong current and blue bottles that stung some swimmers, but fortunately not me – but I’d do it all over again. There is nothing like the cold water and being in the ocean to wake you up,” she said.
Mcqueen is one of a group of Capetonian swimmers who swim every day in the Atlantic – sans wetsuits – regardless of the weather. “We’re in the water all year long. It is rejuvenating. It makes me feel alive.”
Cadiz Holdings CEO and internationally renowned ice swimmer Ram Barkai also took part in the 3.5km route.
He congratulated all competitors for playing their part in supporting disadvantaged swimmers and celebrating reconciliation.