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'Theodore Yach has left an amazing legacy for open water swimming'

18 October 2018 4:55 PM
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Theodore Yach (60) was a veteran of 108 Robben Island swims, an English Channel swim and many other international distance swims.

South Africa’s most renowned open water sea swimmer, Theodore Yach, passed away on Wednesday afternoon.

Yach at was sixty-years-old at his time of passing.

The Cape Town businessman was undergoing routine tests for an asthma complaint when he collapsed and passed away in hospital.

He was a veteran of 108 Robben Island swims, an English Channel swim and many other international distance swims.

In 2016‚ Yach completed his 100th swim between Robben Island and the Cape Town shoreline.

Peter Bales, one of the founding members of the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association, says the swimming community is in complete shock.

Bales had known Yach for decades.

He says he watched Yach develop his mental strength from his first Robben Island swim, which was over forty years ago, right up to his 100th.

Bales says Yach was passionate about the purity of open water swimming

Fellow open water swimmer Carina Bruwer also remembered him for his inspiration, generosity and support.

We all looked upon Theo as being indestructible.

Peter Bales, former chairperson of the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association

Right up until yesterday, he was preparing for new swims. I heard that he was going to try the English Channel again.

Peter Bales, former chairperson of the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association

The most outstanding thing about Theo was the way that he kept at it, year after year. You would think he would get tired of it.

Peter Bales, former chairperson of the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association

I was actually on his first Robben Island swim. I was also on his 50th and on the 100th.

Peter Bales, former chairperson of the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association

He would never give up. And if he failed, he would be back and trying again.

Peter Bales, former chairperson of the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association

Theo has left an amazing legacy to the open water swimming world.

Carina Bruwer, open water swimmer

Listen to the tribute on The John Maytham Show:


18 October 2018 4:55 PM
Tags:
Robben Island
Legend
swim
Theodore Yach
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