Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Chloë McCardel recently completed her 17th English Channel crossing. At the young age of 31 years old, she will soon surpass Canada’s Cindy Nicholas who retired with 19 English Channel crossings.

Go back 5 years and I suspect that NOBODY would have thought a swimmer would ever have a run at Alison Streeter‘s record of 43 crossings,” said Ned Denison of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. “Amazing both and Chloë is just getting started. We’ll see her in San Pedro on November 4th for her induction into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. Who knows she may be on 20 crossings by then…

Chloë will most probably have the most prolific career, post-induction, of any swimmer in history,” predicted Steven Munatones.

And it looks like she may take the Queen of the Channel® title, quite possibly well before the age of 40. What Alison did between 1982 and 2004 was certainly pioneering, but Chloë’s streak of 17 crossings and growing is even more remarkable because she has to travel from Australia to Dover every summer. Her tenacity is beyond words..”

During Streeter‘s 22-year career and 43 successful solo crossings, the current Queen of the Channel® swam 903 cumulative miles in a stretch of water whose conditions she could never predict.

And – like McCardel – Streeter punctuated those Channel crossing with dozens of other channel swims and marathon swims around the world from Catalina Channel and Manhattan Island Marathon Swim to the North Channel and the Isle of Wight while working as a currency trader and raising money for a variety of causes.

Streeter, the current Queen of the Channel® who was named as one of the World’s 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women has a record that could quite possibly be overcome by a focused Aussie:

English Channel Solo Crossings
1. 31 August 1982 – 11 hour 21 minute Solo
2-3. 3 August 1983 – 21 hour 16 minute two-way Solo
4. 26 July 1984 – 10 hour 6 minutes Solo
5. 28 September 1986 – 11 hour 3 minute Solo
6. 20 September 1988 – 8 hour 48 minute Solo
7. 24 September 1989 – 9 hour 41 minute Solo
8-10. 2 August 1990 – 34 hour 40 minute three-way Solo
11. 26 September 1990 – 9 hour 50 minute Solo
12. 14 August 1991 – 10 hour 7 minute Solo
13. 8 September 1991 – 9 hour 53 minute Solo
14. 27 June 1992 – 11 hour 41 minute Solo
15. 8 July 1992 – 10 hour 40 minute Solo
16. 28 July 1992 – 11 hour 12 minute Solo
17-18. 5 August 1992 – 22 hour 20 minute two-way Solo
19. 22 August 1992 – 11 hour 17 minute Solo
20. 21 September 1992 – 10 hour 45 minute Solo
21. 12 July 1993 – 10 hour 16 minute Solo
22. 28 August 1993 – 11 hour 14 minute Solo
23. 25 September 1993 – 10 hour 17 minute Solo
24. 16 July 1994 – 11 hour 26 minute Solo
25. 1 August 1994 – 10 hour 48 minute Solo
26. 2 September 1994 – 9 hour 40 minute Solo
27. 28 September 1994 – 10 hour 24 minute Solo
28. 7 July 1995 – 11 hour 53 minute Solo
29-30. 21 July 1995 – 20 hour 55 minute two-way Solo
31. 21 August 1995 – 9 hour 55 minute Solo
32. 4 September 1995 – 10 hour 58 minute Solo
33. 26 July 1996 – 9 hour 30 minute Solo
34. 20 August 1996 – 9 hour 31 minute Solo
35. 29 June 1997 – 11 hour 35 minute Solo
36. 8 September 1997 – 11 hour 14 minute Solo
37. 2 August 1998 – 10 hour 56 minute Solo
38. 6 July 1999 – 11 hour 3 minute Solo
39. 6 August 2000 – 12 hour 28 minute Solo
40. 26 July 2001 – 14 hour 24 minute Solo
41. 5 July 2003 – 12 hour 58 minute Solo
42. 20 September 2003 – 13 hour 44 minute Solo
43. 24 July 2004 – 12 hour 35 minute Solo

English Channel Relay Crossings
44. 26 August 2000 – 12 hour 37 minute Relay International 125th Year Relay
45. 10 September 2000 – 11 hour 33 minute Special Category Swim Reza’s Warriors
46-47. 20 July 2003 – 21 hour 20 minute two-way Relay Michigan Masochists
48. 2 August 2003 – 13 hour 43 minute Relay Chelly’s Jellies
49. 24 July 2006 – 13 hour 24 minute Relay Hubert House Heavenly Honeys

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