Head Organiser & Assistant Skipper - Chloë McCardel
Chloë was awarded the title 'Queen of the English Channel' for her World Record 44 English Channel crossings.
In addition, she has coached over 160 people to swim the English Channel (Dover Straits route) in relays and as solos between 2014 and 2021.
She is the proud owner of the Channel Queen boat, is Assistant Skipper to Roy Beal and she is Head of Logistics for all the swim events.
Chloë has extensive experience running swim events and camps, swim safety and coaching experience.
In 2022, on Channel Queen, Chloë crewed for Roy Beal, Head Skipper for the following swims:
- Chloë's (her own) Hurst Castle to The Needles 6km swim (strong tides)
- Mark Critchlow, a legally blind swimmer, who had a bespoke swim experience finishing at Durdle Door
- The Charity Needles swim (strong tides) where Roy was in charge of 10 swimmers and three other crew looking after the swimmers
- Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Day Skipper
- Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Coastal Skipper (enrolled)
- Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Powerboat Level 2
- Royal Yachting Association (RYA) VHF Radio
- STCW Basic Safety Training (Marine Safety, Marine First-aid, Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities, Personal Survival Techniques, Security Awareness Training)
- Royal Life Saving Society of Australia (RLSSA) Pool Lifeguard
- Royal Life Saving Society of Australia (RLSSA) Bronze Certificate (Surf Lifesaving)
- Swim Coaches and Teaches Australia (SCTA) Bronze Coaching certificate
- Coached 160 people to swim English Channel as solo and relays
- Coached the oldest person to swim a double non-stop crossing of the English Channel - Rick Seirer - from country NSW at the age of 57
- Organised and coached over 12 cold water camps across Melbourne, Sydney, Jervis Bay (regional NSW), San Francisco and Dorset.
- Coached and Organised two Isle of Wight Relays
Safety Kayaking Experience
- Chloë safety kayaked for multiple swimmers across the two 2022 Isle of Wight relays which were organised using Channel Queen and other support vessels
She has been official recognised with awards by the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF), Marathon Swimmers Federation (MSF) and the Channel Swimming Association (CSA) for her outstanding achievements. Chloë was also a joint-winner of Marie Clare’s 2020 ‘Women of the Year’ for her record breaking 35th Channel swim and advocacy work.
Channel Swimming Association (CSA)
- 2018 CSA Fastest swim on the highest tide
- 2017 CSA Fastest 2 way swim
- 2016 CSA Gold medal for the fastest swim of the year in 8 hours 51 minutes
- 2016 CSA Sotiraki trophy for the fastest swim by a lady in 8 hours 51 minutes
- 2016 CSA Belhedi trophy for the swim on the highest tide
- 2016 CSA Most solo crossings in a season in history with 8 crossings
- 2016 Inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
- 2015 Marathon Swimmers Federation solo swim of the year award for the most outstanding solo marathon swim of 2015 (Three-way English Channel swim. 63 miles (101.4 km) in 36 hours, 12 minutes)
- 2015 CSA Oldman trophy for the British Long Distance Swimming Association swimmer of the year
- 2015 CSA Mark Rickhuss trophy for the fastest 2 way swim in 22 hours 42 minutes
- 2015 CSA Captain Webb trophy for the fastest 3 way swim in 36 hours 12 minutes
- 2015 CSA Sotiraki trophy for the fastest swim by a lady in 8 hours 52 minutes
- 2015 CSA Van Audenaerde trophy for the greatest feat of endurance
- 2015 CSA Rosemary George trophy for the most meritorious swim of the year
- 2014 Marathon Swimmers Federation solo swim of the year award for the most outstanding solo marathon swim of 2014 (Unprecedented swim from South Eleuthera Island to Nassau, Bahamas. 124.4 kilometers (77.3 miles) in 41 hours, 21 minutes. New world record, longest unassisted ocean swim.)
- 2014 CSA Sotirake trophy for the fastest swim by a lady 9 hours 12 minutes
- 2012 CSA Gold medal for fastest swim of the year 9 hours 30 minutes
- 2012 CSA Sotirake trophy for the fastest swim by a lady 9 hours 30 minutes
- 2012 CSA Mark Rickhuss trophy for the fastest two-way swim 19 hours 20 minutes
- 2011 CSA Gold medal for fastest swim of the year 9 hours 3 minutes
- 2011 CSA Sotirake trophy for fastest swim by a lady 9 hours 3 minutes
- 2010 Nomination for open water swimming performance of the year on (Openwatersource.com)
- 2010 CSA Mark Rickhuss memorial trophy (Fastest solo two-way swim of the year) 21 hours 48 minutes
- 2010 The Van Audenaerde trophy for greatest feat of endurance