The Cadiz Freedom Swim is one of the toughest, most extreme long-distance cold water sea swim races in the world – 7.5km from Robben Island to Blouberg, Cape Town. This channel is renowned for its bitterly cold water (between 9 and 14 degrees) and strong, unpredictable currents.
The swim raises funds for the Vista Nova School for children with special learning needs in Cape Town.
The race begins at 10am from Murray’s Bay on World Heritage Site, Robben Island, and ends on the beach in Big Bay, Bloubergstrand.
This year it takes place on Saturday 7 May 2011. If it is postponed because of weather, the same times apply to Sunday.
Saturday, 7 May:
· 7:20 – SMS goes out to all confirming the swim is on or off. If on:
· All boats launch immediately
· 7:45 – Swimmers make their way to NM Clocktower at V&A Waterfront for registration from 8am
· 9:00 – Ferry leaves for RI with swimmers
· 9:00am – VIPs board the Nautilus near Clocktower which leaves V&A @ 9:20am sharp
· 9:50am – All boats in place at RI
· 9:55- swimmers line up on the beach
· 10:00 – all set at Big Bay beach
· 10:00 – solos start (all going well)
· 10:15 – relay’s start
· 11:30 – winners expected on Big Bay beach
· 12:00 – most top swimmers are in
· 14:00/14:30 – last swimmers come in
· All swimmers enter medical facility for treatment as they come in
· 15:00 – site breakdown
· 16:00 – site is clean and cleared
· 18:30 – awards dinner arrival at River Club
· 19:45 – keynote by Patricia de Lille, awards and photo shoot