Cape of Good Hope
The Cape of Good Hope is a rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of the Cape 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.
- International Swimming Hall of Fame and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee Mercedes Gleitze swam here in 1932.
- Cape Point Swim is a 7.5 km ocean swim from Diaz Beach to Buffels Bay in Cape Town, South Africa, organized by the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association annually in April between 12-18°C (or 53-64°F) .
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