Theodore Yach
Martin Goodman

Theodore Yach is South Africa’s most accomplished cold-water, ultra-swimmer. He has successfully swum across the English Channel, regarded as the pinnacle of open water swimming, and has completed the Robben Island to Cape Town crossing a record 76 times.

Theodore is a director at Zenprop and is supported through all his swims by his wife Michelle and sons David & Daniel.

He has been actively involved in swimming for a higher cause by giving back to various communities and foundations throughout South Africa and is also the author of the book "In my element" describing his world as a cold water ultra-swimmer.

In November last year Theodore became the first person to swim from Cape Town around Robben Island and back. He spent almost 11 hours in the water, covering a gruelling 30-kilometre swim in shark, jellyfish and bluebottle infested waters.

Theodore looks forward to tackling the new swim and making history alongside Martin.

A proudly born-and-bred Cape Townian, Martin is the director Of Torus Capital, an insurance company that offers new and dynamic insurance solutions. Never mind long-distance swimming, Martin has his hands full with a household of women to take care of including his 3 beautiful daughters.

He has been engaged in the South African swimming community for some time now and was the founder of The Swim Of Courage that raises money for children living with Cancer.

He is on the board of the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association - the governing body that endorses and recognises long distance, open water swims.

Besides his passion for giving back through swimming, Martin has completed 15 Robben Island crossings including a couple of Three Anchor Bay to Robben Island crossings and a double Robben island to Blouberg (and back) crossing.

Martin looks forward to the challenge of covering 33km in the Atlantic Ocean and raising money for the Ripple effect.