Siham Boda, Captain Sue Truter, Theodore Yach, Michelle Weber, June Webber and Spiro Mitchell.
“Making waves” to raise awareness of the impact of plastic pollution on our oceans, the Rotary Club of Waterfront is partnering with V&A Waterfront to launch Cape Town's first inner city, open water swim event on Saturday, 13 October 2018, to co-incide with the Oceans Life Festival.
This multi-event family fun day will see “waves of swimmers” take to the canal in the morning for an accredited, one mile timed event.
In the afternoon, corporates from the V&A precinct will pit their creative design skills against strong competition, to participate in an “Anything that Floats” event. NSRI will be on standby to ensure the safety of all the participants.
Michelle Weber South Africa's current Open Water Super-Star Swimmer and Theodore Yach, a Capetonian and the first Open Water swimmer in history to complete 100 Robben Island Crossings from the Island to the mainland, are our “One wave at a time” Ambassadors.
The event will place strong emphasis on the importance of education and raising awareness of the state of plastic pollution in our oceans which will be driven through collaboration with the Two Oceans Aquarium.
Schools will have the opportunity to create sculptures in an “Art from Ocean trash” competition.
There will also be food, family fun and entertainment, that will bring life and laughter to the new Battery Park event venue.
Funds raised will benefit local community projects.
This event is not to be missed, reserve the date now!
Theodore Yach, one of our event ambassadors, with some words of inspiration.
Brand new and 'hot off the press' is the revised map of the Waterfront that includes in Canal District.
Why not just rely on Google Maps? The Canal District is so new, Google Maps have not caught up yet...
This morning the V&A/Waterfront Rotary team did an inspection with Derrick Frazer of Big Bay Events, to fine tune logistics.
Everything is on track! Entrance is free. Fine food and refreshments will be on sale. It will be hot so please bring a hat.
Best parking is in the Battery Park building, off Alfred Street.
In the afternoon, join in the fun and let the experts teach you how to Stand Up Paddle and even do Yoga!
Siham and Manager of the One & Only Jeremy Jenkins, where the VIP get together will take place on Saturday.
... and the canal looked magnificent!
Introducing our Waterfront Canal Challenge MC: André the Big Positive Guy. He will bring his unique sense of humour and fun to this event as our MC for the day. As a presenter on SMILE 90.4 FM, and professional speaker and MC, André’s greatest joy is speaking to people to show them what a beautiful place the world can be.
Waterfront Rotary is hugely appreciative that André, a fellow Rotarian, has agreed to take on this pivotal role for the day.
Theodore Yach presents WRC Captain Sue with a copy of his book: "In my Element" - an inspiring read!
"Big guns to swim at the first Canal Challenge".
Thank you VINEYARD SWIMMING for highlighting the Canal Challenge!
13 Oct 2018 RACE DAY PICS
MUCH EXCITEMENT- we get a look at the brand new Battery Park Complex in the Canal District of the V&A that will host our event in October!
567 Cape Talk's Pippa Hudson interviewed Siham and Theodore about World Clean-Up Day, reducing our plastic use and of course, the first ever Canal Challenge Openwater Swim event.
We could not have done it without you... and your generous donations and the moral support on the day - much, much apperciated!
Thank you NOMU for sponsoring 600 sachets of Hot Chocolate!
Michelle Weber - a formidable open-water super star swimmer and one of our Canal Challenge Ambasadors.
Gert Wilkins from ATC (Atlantic Triathelon Club) and Jacinta Subjee from Two Oceans Aquarium.
David Holtzhausen - District Governor elect, for Distric 9350, Derek Pead WRC Sectretary in the background.
Henry Mathys from V&A Waterfront and Nadene Rolston WRC.
George Moolman from V&A Waterfront, chatting with Shelley Finch from Hand Crafted Brands and Sports Media Marketing.
Michelle Weber, our event ambassador, Ingrid Sinclair from Two Oceans Aquarium, Siham Boda WRC, June Webber WRC and Jacinta Subjee, Two Oceans Aquarium.