False Bay Relay Swim

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South African extreme swimmers of the 34 km False Bay Relay Swim

The False Bay Relay Swim is a 34 km relay swim across False Bay in South Africa from Pringle Bay to Buffels Bay near Cape Point. In the Southern Hemisphere summer, the water temperatures can increase to 16-20°C.

1st False Bay Relay

The first False Bay Relay was completed in 10 hours 2 minutes in April 2019 with Ram Barkai, Samantha Whelpton, Jean Craven, Kieron Palframan, Clinton Le Sueur and Patrick Wilke with Derrick Fraser and Tony Lindeque. The 6-person charity relay started in Pringle Bay at 12.6°C water temperature and continued to drop across False Bay to 11°C water for a majority of the swim where the swimmers encountered seals, jellyfish, blue bottles, and a hammerhead shark deep below. The water temperature increased to 14°C towards the end of Buffels Bay. The sea conditions were flat at the start, and later turned quite lumpy for few hours, and finally dropped towards the end.

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