Traversée Dakar – Gorée

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Traversée Dakar – Gorée start
Traversée Dakar – Gorée after start
Traversée Dakar – Gorée course
Traversée Dakar – Gorée safety boats

The Traversée Dakar – Gorée (Traversée à la nage Dakar-île de Gorée) is a 4.5 km and 5.2 km open water swim from Thiaroye to La Voile d'Or in Senegal. It is traditionally held on the last Sunday in September. It is organized by the Fédération Sénégalaise de Natation et de Sauvetage (Senegalese Federation of Swimming and Rescue).

History

The idea for the crossing came from a group of young swimmers, mostly Goreans, who wanted to celebrate Saint Charles, patron saint of Gorée, by challenging each other during a race between Dakar and the island of Gorée: Samba Ndoye, Ibra Kare, Hachim Badji, Mbaye Ndiaye, Mohamed Diop, and Karim Thioune. The first edition of the raversée Dakar – Gorée took place on 15 October 1985, as part of the International Year of Youth, with 30 swimmers competing over 3.5 km.

After being suspended for 3 years between 1990 and 1992, the organization of the race decided to open up more widely to amateurs. The number of participants has multiplied: on average 100 swimmers register in Race A (5.2 km for swimming club members) and more than 500 in Race B (4.5 km for amateurs). Since 2001, the Senegalese Swimming and Rescue Federation (FSNS) has decided to comply to FINA standards.

Course

The start is at Voile d’Or beach in Dakar, which faces the island of Gorée.

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Annual Female Winners

1986 Khoudia Kamara from US Gorée
1987 Marième Soda Camara from US Gorée
1988 Marième Soda Camara from US Gorée
1989 Marième Soda Camara from US Gorée
1993 Marième Soda Camara from US Gorée
1994 Alexandra Roucher from CN Dakar
1995 Zeïna Saheli from CN Dakar
1996 Zeïna Saheli from CN Dakar
1997 Zeïna Saheli from CN Dakar
1998 Marième Soda Camara from US Gorée
1999 Zeïna Saheli from CN Dakar
2000 Zeïna Saheli from CN Dakar
2001 Maty Beye from ETICS de Mboro
2002 Zeïna Saheli from CN Dakar
2003 Jessica Sylla from CN Dakar
2004 Jessica Sylla from CN Dakar
2005 Khadija Ciss from CN Cannes
2006 Louise Smyth from Drapeau d'Afrique du Sud Afrique du Sud
2007 Binta Zahra Diop from CN Dakar
2008 Oulèye Diallo from BCEAO
2009 Yaye Diadou Diagne from Olympique de Ngor
2010 Yaye Diadou Diagne from Olympique de Ngor
2011 Yaye Diadou Diagne from Olympique de Ngor
2012 Yaye Diadou Diagne from Olympique de Ngor
2013 Meredith Anne Staken from CNDG
2014 Meredith Anne Staken from CNDG
2015 Jeanne Boutbien from BCEAO
2016 Jeanne Boutbien from AOC
2017 Ndèye Tabara Diagne from BCEAO
2018 Ndèye Tabara Diagne from AOC
2019 Ndèye Tabara Diagne from AOC
2020 cancelled due to COVID-19
2021 cancelled due to COVID-19

Annual Male Winners

1985 Hachim Badji from ASC Diaraf
1986 Mohamed Diop from ASC Diaraf
1987 Samba Ndoye from ASFA
1988 Samba Ndoye from ASFA
1989 Samba Ndoye from ASFA
1993 Abdoulaye Thiaw from Olympique de Ngor
1994 Samba Ndoye from ASFA
1995 Samba Ndoye from ASFA
1996 Mangoné Samba from ASFA
1997 Samba Ndoye from ASFA
1998 Samba Ndoye from ASFA
1999 Malick Fall from ETICS de Mboro
2000 Malick Fall from ETICS de Mboro
2001 Malick Fall from ETICS de Mboro
2002 Malick Fall from ETICS de Mboro
2003 Benjamin Mathieu from RC France
2004 Mangoné Samba from ASFA
2005 Guy Noël Smith from CN Cannes
2006 Mazen Aziz from Drapeau de l'Égypte Égypte
2007 Mangoné Samba from ASFA
2008 Matar Samb from Olympique de Ngor
2009 Malick Fall from SFOC
2010 Matar Samb from Olympique de Ngor
2011 Abdoul Niane from BCEAO
2012 Abdoul Niane from BCEAO
2013 Adama Thiaw Ndir from ASFA
2014 Malick Fall from SFOC
2015 Mamadou Ndoye Diop from RS Yoff
2016 Adama Thiaw Ndir from ASFA
2017 Amadou Ndiaye from SM Montrouge
2018 Adama Thiaw Ndir from ASFA
2019 Adama Thiaw Ndir from ASFA
2020 cancelled due to COVID-19
2021 cancelled due to COVID-19

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