Alcatraz Invitational

South End Rowing Club, San Francisco, has announced Chloë McCardel will be the Guest of Honour at the Alcatraz Invitational on Saturday, 29 September 2018.

Chloë is very excited to be attending this wonderful event in one of the world’s most iconic swim locations.

Chloe has an incredible list of marathon swimming accomplishments including 1 triple crossing of the Channel. She also holds the record for the most number of English Channel crossings in one season.

Chloe will be attending our Spaghetti Feed on Friday before the swim as well as supporting the swim all day Saturday. There will be lots of opportunities for SERC members to interact with her including a chance to swim with Chloe.

More information about Chloe can be found at and we will send out more information about specific opportunities to meet and interact with Chloe (including the swim) as we get closer to the event.

If you are not volunteering, now is the time to get involved and be a part of this event. Let’s show Chloe and all the registered swimmers just why we are the greatest club on earth!

Assistant Race Director
South End Rowing Club

For more information and to register visit the South End Rowing Club.

Australian English Channel Record Attempt

Chloë McCardel, world record ocean swimmer, has announced that she will attempt four single crossings of the English Channel in the 2018 season, with the first crossing expected to take place during the next seven days.

If successful, these four crossings will break the current Australian record for most crossings of the Channel, taking it to 28.

This season has had incredible conditions so far, with numerous Australians successfully crossing the Channel. Excited about the attempt, McCardel said:

“Seeing so many Australians continue to attempt the Channel, especially the recent successful crossing by Brenda Norman for Channel 4 Change, inspires me.

“I’m hoping this Australian record attempt will show what a beautiful place the Channel is, and what a beautiful challenge it is.

“It’s a tough challenge, but that is what makes a successful single or multiple crossing so exciting.”

McCardel completed a double crossing of the Channel in 2017, and holds the current Australian record of 24 crossings. This includes one triple crossing and three double crossings. Also holding the world ocean swim record of 124.4km, McCardel was inducted to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2016.

By continuing to break new ground in ocean swimming, McCardel hopes to inspire people to live healthy, active lifestyles.

“Ocean swimming in Australia is incredible. We have such a beautiful coastline, with so many stunning beaches to explore.

“The ocean swimming community has grown so much in recent years, with many swimming clubs and social swimming groups in Australia promoting the camaraderie, fun, exhilaration and joy of ocean swimming.

“I believe the sport’s continued success can be attributed to our beautiful beaches and the dedicated volunteers who continue to drive their local swimming groups and ocean races.

“I encourage competitive and non-con competitive swimmers, and those new to ocean swimming, to find a local swimming group near them and dive in.”

Fitness is integral to McCardel and at the heart of her lifestyle, constantly challenging herself to be stronger, more powerful and confident in the water, both physically and mentally. McCardel believes that fitness, health, well-being and self-confidence enable us to persevere towards achieving our dreams.

Tuesday Training

Chloë would like to share what she has learnt to help other swimmers achieve their dreams, whether it be a personal challenge at a community swim event, a fundraising swim, triathlon or channel crossing.

Every Tuesday, Chloë McCardel will be sharing training tips on Instagram – covering technique, how to complete major swims, motivational techniques, focus, commitment to training, nutrition and more.

Join #tuesdaytraining – @chloemccardel on Instagram and let us know how Chloë can improve your swimming and help you reach your goals.

Bahamas: World Record Swim

Cheered on by her support crew, Chloë McCardel completes her remarkable  World Record for the Longest Ocean Swim in the Bahamas – 124.4km in 41.5 hours. 

On the Third Anniversary of the World Record, Chloë reflects on the incredible support crew, the mental and physical pain and conditions faced throughout the Bahamas swim. 

Three years ago today, I set the World Record for the Longest Ocean Swim in history – 124.4km in 41.5hrs. This record still stands.

The swim was completed under traditional marathon swimming rules – no wetsuit, fins, snorkel, shark cage, covering beyond a standard swim suit and no touching of a boat or support vessel. This includes no resting or sleeping.

The pain was incredible from severe sunburn and envenomation from box jellyfish. I even had hypothermia despite the 27°C water and air temperatures (possibly from vasodilation following the envenomation).

The mental challenge was torture akin to what I can only imagine solitary confinement in the dark would be like. I put faith in my team that I wouldn’t be breakfast, lunch or dinner for a hungry sea creature over two days. Being an ocean marathon swim there was every chance the tide or sea conditions could have pushed me away from the finish and that I may have never reached land. I kept faith in my team and my ability to hold an average pace of 3km/hr.

I had an iron-will to keep going despite what I was enduring. I had an incredible team on the boat and in kayaks to get me to the finish line, including my amazing husband Paul McQueeney. The team guided my every stroke and my wonderful sponsors – The Pool Enclosure Company (TPEC) and Lo-Chlor Chemicals (AquaSpa) – supported me behind the scenes. TPEC and AquaSpa are still great supporters today.

I am so very grateful to my team from that swim, my husband, my sponsors and everyone who supports me in my goal to be the best marathon swimmer in the world.

Chloë McCardel