Australian Chloë McCardel is now Queen of the Channel – More Sport – The Women’s Game


More people have climbed Everest than swimming across the English Channel. The 34 km swim in the English Channel is considered by many to be the most difficult and iconic marathon in the world.

Chloë McCardel’s incredible record-breaking career

  • Most single Channel crossings by a swimmer.
  • The longest swimming on the high seas continues unassisted in neutral currents.
  • McCardel uses his profile to advocate for survivors of domestic violence.

36-year-old Australian Chloë McCardel swam for the 44th time on Wednesday 13 October 2021, breaking the previous world record of 43 crossings. It took him 12 years to accomplish this feat, having crossed the Channel for the first time in 2009, at the age of 24.

She had broken the men’s world record of 34 crossings last year, and with this 44th crossing she broke the world record previously held by British swimmer Alison Stretter. McCardel tied Stretter’s record 6 days before his record crossing.

A single crossing to cover the 34 km distance takes 10 to 11 and a half hours and requires McCardel to make at least 36,000 arm movements. The water temperature during her last swims was 14 degrees Celsius, and according to Channel Swimming Association rules, you can’t wear a wetsuit to protect yourself.

In addition to the freezing temperatures, swimmers must contend with the jellyfish that abound in the channel, waves and heavy shipping traffic. Speaking of his motivation to accomplish this monumental achievement to Fran Kelly the Registered nurse breakfast, McCardel said:

“In 2016 I went to get legendary Australian swimmer Des Renford’s record for the most Australian Channel crossings, he was 19 years old.

“So I did eight this season, I got up to 21 and I was like, you know what I’m about halfway through 43, why don’t I go get the record and do 44. “

Incredibly, McCardel didn’t start swimming until he was eleven years old. She started marathon swimming at the age of 19, making the decision to become the best in the world.

If you calculate the total distance of his 44 Channel crossings, McCardel has covered an incredible 1,496 km. To make an Australian comparison, it’s a greater distance than driving from Adelaide to Sydney taking a detour through Canberra.

McCardel had also done a number of other incredible swim marathons. She managed a triple nonstop Channel crossing in 2015, swimming for almost 37 hours non-stop. She had tried to accomplish the feat the previous year but had ended up in intensive care due to hypothermia.

The Australian also holds the Marathon swimming federationsrecord for longest continuous high seas swim, unassisted, in neutral currents. She completed an incredible 126 km swim from South Eleuthera to Nassau, Bahamas. The trip required 41 hours and 21 minutes of continuous swimming from October 20 to 22, 2020.

McCardel is a member of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and has been named International Marathon Swimmer of the Year twice, in 2014 and 2015. Marathon swimming is an amateur sport, not funded or supported by Swimming Australia.

Its swimming is entirely self-financed or sponsored. McCarder uses his swimming profile to shed light on and advocate for women who have been victims of domestic violence.


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You can read more about McCardel’s exploits on his website using the following connect.

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