Thane Williams

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Thane Guy Williams, entrepreneur and model

Thane Guy Williams is an entrepreneur, model and South African pool and open water swimmer who is a member of the Cape Town Masters Swimming Club and Vineyard Rondebosch Swimming Club.

Mad Swim

Williams swam across the Mozambique Channel from Mozambique to Madagascar simultaneously with Jonno Proudfoot between 28 February and 24 March 2014 in a 458 km stage swim that took a total of 155 hours. It was called The Mad Swim and was nominated for the Night Jar Travel Adventure of the Year award and the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

Support Crew

The Mad Swim results

Day 1 - February 28th: 9.67 km @ 3.22 kph
Day 2 - March 1st: 39.12 km @ 6.52 kph
Day 3 - March 2nd: 22.16 km @ 3.69 kph
Day 4 - March 3rd: 18.18 km @ 3.03 kph
Day 5 - March 4th: 14.43 km @ 2.31 kph
Day 6 - March 5th: 10.14 km @ 1.69 kph
Day 7 - March 6th: 11.26 km @ 1.88 kph
Day 8 - March 7th: 18.48 km @ 2.77 kph
Day 9 - March 8th: 20.17 km @ 2.77 kph
Day 10 - March 9th: 17.33 km @ 2.34 kph
Day 11 - March 10th: 13.78 km @ 2.12 kph
Day 12 - March 11th: 10.88 km @ 2.21 kph
Day 13 - March 12th: 24.89 km @ 3.32 kph
Day 14 - March 13th: 29.26 km @ 4.18 kph
Day 15 - March 14th: 11.80 km @ 2.62 kph
Day 16 - March 15th: 24.00 km @ 3.16 kph
Day 17 - March 16th: 26.82 km @ 3.58 kph
Day 18 - March 17th: 24.05 km @ 3.24 kph
Day 19 - March 18th: 23.47 km @ 3.09 kph
Day 20 - March 19th: 20.81 km @ 2.97 kph
Day 21 - March 20th: 24.53 km @ 3.42 kph
Day 22 - March 21st: 10.69 km @ 1.73 kph
Day 23 - March 22nd: 17.44 km @ 2.75 kph
Day 24 - March 23rd: 15.40 km @ 2.17 kph

2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

The Madagascar Swim is nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

"Swimming between countries is a romantic goal sought by a select few. The English Channel and Strait of Gibraltar are the known standards, but few ever imagined swimming between Mozambique and Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Crossing 458 km of untested, unchartered ocean on the rugged east coast of Africa was an outlandish goal of Thane Guy Williams and Jonno Proudfoot. But the South African daredevil duo are dreamers as well as doers. They researched an audacious course and worked logistically and financially, physically and mentally to complete a 24-day unassisted stage swim where they swam for 155 hours in the turbulent Mozambique Channel through abundant marine life, innumerable equipment breakdowns, and two cyclones. For their successful execution of an unprecedented country-to-country traverse where they swam nearly an average of 7 hours per day, for raising funds for Cipla Miles For Smiles as their chosen charity, Thane Guy Williams and Jonno Proudfoot’s tandem Madagascar Swim is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year."

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2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees

1. Beyond Avalon by Dan Henry, Dave Speier, William Miller, Steve Miller, Lee Grove, Dana Selles, Mark Zambon, Penny Nagel, Chris Gibson, Jon Rodley, Jonathan Hands, Nick Jeffery, Terry Hirt (U.S.A.)
2. Curaçao Channel Crossing by Niko Kluyver, André Nottelman, Erwin Ruijsink (Curaçao)
3. Cyprus Israel Swim by Udi Erell, Doron Amosi, Ben Enosh, Ori Sela, Oded Rahav, Luc Chetboun (Israel)
4. Diomede Islands Swim by Alexandr Brylin and Grigorii Prokopchuk (Russia)
5. English Channel Crossing by Cyril Baldock (Australia)
6. Great Lake Adventure by Vicki Keith, Abi Tripp, Nick Streicher, Michelle Sempowski, Natasha Dobson, Harley Bolton, Natalie Lambert, Jenna Lambert (Canada)
7. International Winter Swimming Festival Argentina by Matías Ola (Argentina)
8. Lake Ontario Crossing by Trinity Arsenault (Canada)
9. Madagascar Swim by Thane Guy Williams and Jonno Proudfoot (South Africa)
10. Manhattan Island Marathon Swim by Kristian Rutford (U.S.A.)
11. Mallorca 360° Circumnavigation Swim by Richard Krugel (South Africa)
12. Monterey Bay Crossing by Patti Bauernfeind (U.S.A.)
13. Prison Island Swims by Jacques Tuset (France)
14. Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming by Charlotte Samuels (U.S.A.)
15. U.S. Lifeguarding Champions by Monmouth County Lifeguards (U.S.A.)

World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men

He was named one of the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2015 by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

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