Why The Straits Of Magellan?
Do you know anyone that has swam through the Straits? There are only a handful of people on the planet that have ever successfully made this 2.4 mile crossing (21 as of January 2014 to be precise).
We are not talking your average jump-in-the-lake and swim 2 or 3 kilometers in the middle of summer here. We are talking FRIGID water temperatures - sub 5 degrees C (41 degrees F for our American friends). Howling winds called a Williwaw that can whip the strait into a frenzy in minutes. And we are not talking "lets grab the sailboat and go for a spin" - we are talking 180 knot winds and 20ft seas. Of course, you can get the perfect sunny day, warm (10 deg C) water, and STILL have to contend with ripping currents, whirlpools and marine life of all description.
The Strait of Magellan is named for Ferdinand Magellan, who first navigated it in 1520, and is renowned for it's ability to strike fear in to the hearts of sailors.he currents sweeping north from Antarctica, combined with winds coming off the mountains, mean the area connecting the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans is dotted with whirlpools and eddies. It is precisely these conditions that appeal to Madhu - a challenge that would strike fear into the average (sane?) person, a challenge that few have taken on, and fewer still have successfully completed.
You can find more information about Chile, the Straits of Magellan and a history of swimming crossings for the Straits of Magellan here: