Cape of Good Hope
From OpenwaterpediaCape Peninsula, South Africa.
When following the western side of the African coastline from the equator, the Cape of Good Hope marks the point where a ship begins to travel more eastward than southward. Thus, the first modern rounding of the cape in 1488 by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias was a milestone in the attempts by the Portuguese to establish direct trade relations with the Far East.
As one of the great capes of the South Atlantic Ocean, the Cape of Good Hope has been of special significance to sailors for many years and is widely referred to by them simply as the Cape. It is a waypoint on the clipper route followed by clipper ships to the Far East and Australia, and still followed by several offshore yacht races.
Open Water Swimming
- Lynne Cox was the first person to swim around this cape in 1977 when she completed a 12.8 km (8 mile) swim in 3 hours 3 minutes, escorted by Peter Bales and Hugh Tucker of the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association.