Extreme swimmer Ryan Stramrood has become the second person to complete a 100 crossings between Robben Island and the mainland. He did it in a time of two hours 18 minutes. He follows his late friend and swimming companion, Theodore Yach, who made the swim an incredible 108 times.
The Capetonian, who has also completed many other feats such as swimming an "Ice Mile" in -1°C water in Antarctica, dedicated his seven point four kilometre swim to Yach, who passed away last year. "Totally elated to be on the beach. No Robben Island Swim is ever easy. Today was my 100th and I've made it. It was tough out there, it was cold and it got choppy, so I am very very happy." Fellow extreme swimmer and environmental campaigner Lewis Pugh accompanied Stramrood in a support boat. "It's an incredible achievement to swim 100 Robben Islands. I have been swimming for 32 years and I have never done an easy Robben Island, never once, and he
has now done 100. The thing about Robben Island is that it's always unpredictable: you think you are going to do two hours and conditions change and it takes three hours; you think you will take 3 hours and it becomes 5 hours. It shows Ryan has got real mental fortitude and 'vasbyt'."
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