Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation "Nothing great is easy", Captain Matthew Webb

13 Oct 2021Congratulations to Chloe McCardel for swim number 44

Many congratulations from everyone at the CS&PF to Chloe McCardel on her 44th English Channel Swim

On Wednesday 13th October 2021 Chloe swam the English Channel for the 44th time.  She has now swum the Englsih Channel solo more times than anyone else. This is a remarkable feat given that her first Channel swim was in 2009, meaning she has accomplished this in 13 seasons.  One has to wonder how many more she will do.

This is a great time to reflect on all the greats that feature in the rich sport of Channel Swimming, and nice to see Chloe amongst them.

First 1-way Channel Swim 

1875 - Captain Matthew Webb became the first to swim the English Channel in a time of 21 hours 45 minutes

First 1-way Channel Swim

First Female Channel Swimmer 

1926 - Gertrude Ederle swam the Channel in 14 hours and 34 minutes when she was only 19 years old

First Female Channel Swimmer

First 2-way Channel Swim 

1961 - Antonio Abertondo took 43 hours and 10 minutes to swim to France and back.

First 2-way Channel Swim

First Female 2-way Channel Swim 

1977 - Cynthia Nicholas swam the Channel 2-ways in blisteringly fast time of 19 hours 55 minutes

First Female 2-way Channel Swim

First 3-way Channel Swim 

1981 - John Erikson took 38 hours and 27 minutes to swim the English Channel 3-ways

First 3-way Channel Swim

Youngest Channel Swim 

1988 - Thomas Gregory swam the Channel when he was 11 years and 11 months old

Youngest Channel Swim

First Female 3-way Channel Swim 

1990 - Alison Streeter was the first female to swim the English Channel, taking 34 hours 40 minutes

First Female 3-way Channel Swim

Most Channel Swims by a man 

2006 - Kevin Murphy swam the Channel for the 34th time

Most Channel Swims by a man

Slowest Channel Swim 

2010 - Jackie Cobell took 28 hours 44 minutes to swim the Channel

Slowest Channel Swim

Fastest Solo Channel Swim 

2012 - Trent Grimsey swam the Channel in 6 hours 55 minutes

Fastest Solo Channel Swim

Oldest Channel Swim 

2014 - Otto Thaning swam the Channel when he was 73 years and 4 months old

Oldest Channel Swim

Longest Channel Swimming Career 

2016 - Sally Minty-Gravett swam the Channel for the 7th time, resulting in the longest Channel swimming career of 41 years between her first (1975) and most recent.

Longest Channel Swimming Career

First 4-way Channel Swim 

2019 - Sarah Thomas swam the Channel 4-ways in one go in a time of 54 hours 10 minutes

First 4-way Channel Swim

Most Channel Swims by anyone 

2021 - Chloe McCardel swam her 44th Channel swim

Most Channel Swims by anyone

Sandettie Lightship Observations

7pm, 15th October 2021


Water: 61.0 °F (16.1 °C)

Air: 56.8 °F (13.8 °C)

Wind Speed: 9.9 kn (18.3 km/h)

Wind Direction: NE (40°)

Channel Weather 

Congratulations to Chloe McCardel for swim number 44: https://t.co/j3GoUx3SAu

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