The Fourth Lap
Chloë McCardel will attempt what is widely considered impossible and the greatest endurance challenge on the planet – the 136km quadruple non-stop crossing of the English Channel. The swim is to start between 29 August and 2 September 2017.
A quadruple non-stop crossing of the English Channel has never been attempted, let alone completed, and is being compared to the first trail-blazing crossing of the English Channel by Captain Matthew Web in 1875. If successful, this could dramatically alter the perception of what the human mind and body can achieve in such harsh, inhospitable conditions.
Chloë, who is at the pinnacle of her career, is arguably the greatest ultra-marathon swimmer in history. In 2014, Chloë set the World Record for the longest unassisted ocean swim of 124.4km in 41.5 hours and in 2015, was the first Australian to complete a triple non-stop crossing of the English Channel. Only three other ultra-marathon swimmers have completed a triple non-stop crossing of the English Channel, which were completed over 27 years ago.
In 2016, Chloë crossed the English Channel eight times, breaking the World Record for crossings in one season. This also gave her the Australian Record of 21 crossings of the English Channel, breaking Des Renford’s long-standing Australian record of 19 crossings.
In preparation for this epic feat, Chloë has trained in water temperatures as low as 11°C for up to six hours; completed overnight training swims of up to 20 hours in 15°C, with 3°C air temperature; and distances of 110-140km in a week. This is the largest training block completed by Chloë, which has also included pool training equivalent to a male 1,500m Olympic-level swimmer.
Chloë said, “I believe I am physically and mentally prepared for up to 45-55 hours of non-stop swimming in the treacherous English Channel.”
“I’ve reached all my original goals. I’ve pushed myself as much as I thought I could have. Now, it’s about pushing the boundaries of marathon swimming.”
“It’s about pushing the human spirit. What can our body and mind achieve? Do we really know our potential? Maybe we can go further.”
“I hope to keep pushing the sport and the human spirit forward.”
The swim can be followed on her GPS Tracker, which will update every ten minutes throughout the crossing on Facebook.
Over 700,000 people have completed Ironman triathlons. It is estimated that approximately 200 people have sailed non-stop solo around the world. Approximately 4,500 individuals have scaled Mt. Everest and over 10,000 Olympic gold medals have been awarded. Twelve people have walked on the moon and four people have completed a triple English Channel crossing. No one has yet attempted or completed a quadruple non-stop English Channel crossing.