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Theodore Yach conquers his 100th Robben Island Crossing

23 March 2016
Theodore Yach who competed at the 2005 Maccabiah in the SA Water Polo Team and as a masters swimmer at the 2007 Pan-American Maccabi Games in Argentina (winning two silver medals and a bronze) reached another major milestone in his swimming career.

By Kane Kossew, Mustard Marketing 22 March 2016, Cape Town, South Africa

Theodore Yach (58) spent 3 hours and 10 minutes of his morning in icy 13-14 degree waters to successfully completed his 100th Robben Island Crossing. The 10.4km route from Robben Island to Three Anchor Bay saw Yach and 6 other brave swimmers (Toni Enderli, Kieron Palframan, Ryan Stramrood, Mark De Klerk, Buff van Westenbrugge and Dean Noik) battle a strong current and the looming threat of Cape Town’s Great White Sharks to join the hundreds of spectators at Three Anchor Bay beach in celebration of this record-setting achievement.


Yach swam his first Robben Island Crossing in 1981, back then it was considered aberrant behaviour. 35 years later and his 100thcrossing will be ratified and recognised in the international open-water swimming hall of fame. He was honoured to have the backing of the City of Cape Town who offered Yach their full support in recognition of his service to the city over the past 20+years.

A surprisingly composed Yach exited the water saying, “I am so relieved to have finally accomplished this milestone and to have the amazing support of everyone on the beach. I feel truly blessed from the love and support of my family, friends and the Cape Town community.”


Theodore believes strongly that his swims need to make a difference and has been working with 6 charities to raise funds in the name of his 100th Robben Island Crossing. The charities are; The Children’s Hospital Trust, Paper Video, NSRI Water wise Project, Wynberg Boys’ Schools Aquatic centre, Highlands House and the The Herzlia Foundation Trust. Donations can be made via All charities are registered as PBO’s (Public Benefit Organisations) and are able to issue 18a Tax Certificates to donors to enable them to deduct the donations from their tax.

For more information, pictures or interview opportunities, please contact Kane Kossew at Mustard Marketing ( / 084 555 3835 / 021 418 5555).

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