February 28, 2017
HI All, Do you consider yourself a fit person? Does it matter is one is fit or not? I believe that swimming is a great way to keep fit and we have quite a few older guys and gals coming out regularly to swim at the Race Course pool in the mornings.
Two of our Harare Masters swimmers, Jim Wilson (64) and Paul (Sadza) Howard have raised the bar somewhat and decided to swim the annual Freedom swim from Robben Island (see details below). Jim and Paul have been swimming up to 20km a week and head off to Cape Town this weekend for the 5km qualifier at Bloubergstrand. There will be quite a few swimmers with teams of 2 swimming the 5km alongside a kayaker.
As part of their extreme training over the weekend they had a Jacuzzi with a difference:- 20 blocks of ice bringing the temperature down to 8Deg C for a whole hour! Trelawney Farmers might remember Lippy Pentland Smith who has apparently completed the Freedom swim twice.
For the lesser mortals amongst us please note that we are having another Masters Swimming Relay at Innovate on Friday 24th March so please dig out the old cossies and start training. Ciao, Mike G.
Wikipedia: “The Cadiz Freedom Swim is an extreme 7.5 kilometres (4.7 mi) open water swimming race from Robben Island to Big Bay, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, South Africa. It takes place annually close to Freedom Day (27 April, the date of SA’s first democratic elections in 1994 when Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa, marking the end of the Apartheid era and the freedom of the people).
The Cadiz Freedom Swim is recognised as one of the world’s most extreme sea races due to the extremely cold water characteristics of the Atlantic Ocean (averages around 13–14 °Celsius), unpredictable sea and weather conditions, and the presence of Great White Sharks.”