False Bay is a body of water on the Indian Ocean (warmer) side of the Cape Peninsula. The water here is much warmer than the Atlantic side - up to 6 degrees. It is exposed to the infamous 60 knot 'Cape Doctor' - or South-Easter - wind in spring/summer, while the shape of the bay sometimes causes wave patterns that result in huge rogue waves. The number of great white sharks in False Bay has increased significantly in the past 30 to 40 years, as people in Fish Hoek used to swim across the bay without seeing a shark, now you can often stand on the beach and see a dorsal fin go past.
Despite the challenges posed by distance, waves and sharks, swimmers have crossed the bay from east to west, swum along it shores between various locations and even swum around the bottom of Cape Point. While the Gentry Cup race was swum close inshore between Muizenberg and Kalkbaai, more adventurous long distance swimmers have crossed the bay from Rooi Els in the east to Muizenberg and Miller's Point, near Simon's Town on the opposite of the bay - 34km away.
American Lynn Cox was the first to round Cape Point in 1977, while Carina Bruwer was the first South African in 2004. In that year former Capetonian Lewis Pugh swam from the Cape Town Waterfront to Muizenberg, in a staged swim with37:20 cumulative time.
False Bay (34K in South Africa)
Fastest Crossing from Rooi Els to Miller's Point: Barend Nortje (South Africa), 5 March 2007,9:33
Fastest Female Crossing from Rooi Els to Simonstown: Annemie Landmeters (Belgium),1989, 9:56
First Crossing from Rooi Els to Miller’s Point: Steven Klugman (South Africa), 15 February, 14:15
Simonstown to Muizenberg (11K in South Africa)
Fastest Crossing: Annemie Landmeters (Belgium), 10 March 1990, 2:18Fastest Male Crossing: Steven Klugman (South Africa), 24 January 2004, 2:22
Fastest Double Crossing: Peter Bales (South Africa), 21 March 1972
Fastest Double Crossing: Annemie Landmeters (Belgium), 18 December 1988, 5:17