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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Madswimmers To Attempt Swahili Channel Crossing

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Swahili Channel Crossing is a 35 km channel swim by 15 Madswimmers on October 10th between Zanzibar Island and the mainland of Tanzania.

"The African version of the English Channel is a charity swim on behalf of local Tanzanian children’s charities," explained Madswimmer Nicolene Steynberg. "Our swim will start at the Pumgume Sandbar on the southwestern edge of Zanzibar Island and finish at Lazy Lagoon on the Tanzanian mainland. Currents and winds are expected to push us northwards.

Madswimmer is a South African non-profit company that was founded by Jean Craven in 2009 after he won a R100,000 wager to swim across the Strait of Gibraltar with Tim Zhiel.

They have also crossed Lake Tanganyika (38 km 12 hours), Sterkfontein Dam crossing (17 km), Knysna Lagoon (14.5 km in winter) and Lewis Tarn, the highest lake in Africa on Mt Kenya (4800m above sea level). We have raised more than US$300,000 for various charitable causes

Zanzibar is located on the Swahili Coast adjacent to Tanganyika (mainland Tanzania).

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