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Patagonia Extreme Cold Water Challenge

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The Patagonia Extreme Cold Water Challenge was a series of 3 extreme cold water swims by 5 South African men in 6 days: Ryan Stramrood (37 years), Kieron Palframan (36), Toks Viviers (47), Ram Barkai (53) and Andrew Chin (41).

Honors

The unprecedented event was nominated for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

Inspiration

Stramrood, Palframan, Viviers, Barkai and Chin, all members of the International Ice Swimming Association, were inspired by Lynne Cox's book, Swimming to Antarctica.

Swims

1st swim: 4.31 km one-way crossing of Strait of Magellan on 16 February 2011 in 25-30 knot winds and 1.5 knot cross currents in 9°C, although the Chilean Navy measured the water at 4°C with its laser gun in 1 hour 10 minutes.

2nd swim: 2.92 two-way crossing of the Beagle Channel in 19 February 2011 in 4 knot cross currents and 9 knot winds in 8°C, although the Chilean Navy measured the water at 6°C in 57 minutes.

3rd swim: 3.18 km one-way crossing of Cape Horn on 22 February 2011 from lighthouse to lighthouse in 1.5 knot currents and 9 knot winds in 7°C in 1 hour.

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