Theodore Yach

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King of Robben Island Theodore Yach
Theodore Yach, Extreme Swimmer
Theodore Yach
Theodore Yach's autobiography In My Element
Theodore Yach swimming around Cape Point in South Africa
Maura Sanderoff in middle with Delle Henry on left and Theodore Yach after completing his 79th Robben Island to Bloubergstrand crossing in Cape Town, South Africa in March 2014
Theodore Yach is successful business from Cape Town, South Africa. He is also a highly successful extreme swimmer who specializes in cold-water swimming in South Africa with many world open water swimming records including a 7 hour 3 minute 27 km ocean swim from Llandudno Beach to Robben Island together with Martin Goodman. He is the King of Robben Island with 79 successful solo channel crossings from Robben Island and the mainland of South Africa and was named one of the 101 Movers And Shakers In The Open Water Swimming World by the Daily News of Open Water Swimming.


In My Element

He also wrote an autobiography called In My Element. After successfully swimming across the English Channel in 14 hours 25 minutes, completing the Robben Island to Cape Town crossing a record 64 times, and being the first person to swim around Robben Island from Cape Town and back in an 11-hour swim, In My Element is his inspirational story. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the National Sea Rescue Institute.

The book was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award.

Open Water Organisation

He also founded and organizes the Atlantic Dash from Clifton 4th Beach to 3 Anchor Bay in Cape Town.

Professional Career

Yach is responsible for acquisitions at zenprop and the founding director at Cape Town CCID. He was previously the Chairperson of at Cape Town Central City Improvement District and the Director and Founding member at Cape Town Central City.

Yach helped to create the Cape Town Partnership and the Cape Town Central City Improvement District which were key players in reversing the decline of Cape Town’s CBD in the 1990s into the global model of excellence it is today. The unique partnerships he helped establish between business and the City has helped draw over R25bn of new investment into Cape Town. He received a Civic Award from the City of Cape Town in 2010 for this work.

Theodore is a trustee of the Mauerberger Foundation, which provides scholarships and educational support, and a director of Wesgro, the Western Cape’s official Destination Marketing, Investment and Trade Promotion Agency.

He is a past Chairperson of the Cape Town Heritage Trust (2007-2011) which restores heritage quality buildings in Central Cape Town, as well as past President of Highlands House Jewish Aged Home, of which he has been a Trustee since 2010.

Theodore Yach Extreme Swimming

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