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Carina to challenge Danger Point on National Womens Day


August 6, 2004 -- If successful, she will be the first swimmer to round this point where the famous Birkenhead sunk in 1852. Gansbaai is known as the capital of Great White sharks in the world, while the sea around Danger Point is famous for its treacherous waters and strong currents, a fact testimonied by the numerous shipwrecks that lie around the coast.

Carina plans to enter the water on Monday around 11:00 at Romansbaai, round the “Danger Point”, and exit app. 7km further at Kleinbaai. Conditions on the day will determine how far off shore she will have to swim. She will be accompanied by a catamaran hull from Gansbaai Scuba & Adventure, skippered by owner Fred de Pauw, plus a crew of medical personnel and a safety diver.

Carina said: “I would like to do this swim on National Womens Day, in honour of all the fearless women of South Africa who have to deal with daunting challenges in every day life. The fact that no man has been able to achieve this swim is an extra incentive. But with the swim I also want to commemorate the men who sacrificed their lives in the 1852 Birkenhead tragedy, in which the maritime tradition of ‘women and children first in an emergency’ was established.”

Carina was in the news earlier this year when she became the first South African to round Cape Point as well as Cape Agulhas, both in record time. “This swim will be my biggest challenge to date. It will be extremely cold, and the waters are rough and scary.”, she says. Water temperatures range between 13 and 16 degrees Celsius this time of year, and an unfavourable northwesterly wind often prevails. If conditions prevent her from swimming, Carina hopes to be able to attempt the swim within the week of Womens Day.

For more information, or to arrange a journalist and/or photographer on the boat, please contact Fred de Pauw on 0829579698 or Carina Bruwer on 0824861320.

For live updates during the swim, which should commence around 11:00, please call Fred de Pauw on 0829579698.

Notes to Editors
1.Gansbaai is located 40km from Hermanus and app. 1h30 drive from Cape Town in the Western Cape of South Africa
2.Carina is a professional concert flautist and manager of her own music agency. She is 24 years old and lives in Stellenbosch. More information can be found on www.carinabruwer.com.
3.The Royal Navy Troopship HMS Birkenhead, for ever associated with the maritime tradition of “women and children first” in an emergency, sunk on 26 February 1852, after hitting an uncharted rock off Danger Point. 445 of the 638 people on board perished, but all women and children were saved. Some of the men (and horses) who tried to swim to shore drowned, while many were claimed by sharks in the water.
3.For more information on the Birkenhead story, please go to:
http://www.overberg.co.za/birkenhead/ or
http://www.overberginfo.com/network/cape_odyssey_birkenhead_wreck.htm




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