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Chloë successfully completed this 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. She also won the 2014 MSF ‘Solo Swim of the Year’ (Female) for this World Record swim. This World Record could not have been achieved without the wonderful support of dozens of people especially her husband Paul McQueeney and her sponsors The Pool Enclosure Company (TPEC) and Lo-Chlor (AquaFresh and AquaSpa).


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FOR RELEASE: Wednesday 8th October 2014: 0900


AUSTRALIAN ultra-marathon swimmer 29 year old CHLOË McCARDEL today confirmed her intention to attempt a World Record breaking 128km open water swim in the Bahamas during late October. Taking up to 48 hours to complete, the swim will start from the southern tip of the island of Eleuthera and finish at the island of Nassau. If successful she will have completed the longest solo, continuous, unassisted marathon swim in open-water in history.

Unlike the cold water swimming that Chloë experienced when undertaking any of her 7 crossings of the English Channel, the warmer waters of Caribbean will diminish the risk of hypothermia, but Chloë will be exposed to heat stress, including dehydration, sharks, possible stinging jelly fish and sunburn.

Her previous attempt to swim from Cuba to the US in 2013 almost ended in tragedy, with Chloë being stung by poisonous, potentially deadly, jelly fish 11 hours into the swim. Suffering severe envenomation from multiple stings to her body and throat, Chloë had no choice but to end that attempt prematurely.

After completing another crossing of the English Channel just last month and given the events of her Cuba attempt, Chloë is now more committed than ever to complete this record setting attempt in the Bahamas. Following 12 months of research & 6 months of planning, Chloë will swim under official and international respected MSF marathon swimming rules meaning she cannot touch her support boat, and can wear only bathers, goggles and a swim cap.

“Nothing can temper my resolve to make this attempt my strongest yet,”
she said. All the previous set backs have been due to nature’s conditions, rather than due to my personal preparation, strength and endurance. This time, I think we’ve got the venue correct, and swimming at the end of October should deal us the perfect conditions.
I’m determined to do it”.

She again has an experienced support crew to guide her on this journey, including highly skilled specialists from across the world.
Additionally, she is being supported by a local Bahamian team from The Island School. The school, based in Eleuthera, along with their team is an integral part of the logistics of the event.

Previously, Chloë set a record, swimming 60 laps across Bondi Beach, a total distance of 48 kilometres, doing so in 11 hours 42 seconds without fins, wetsuit or shark cage on 24 April 2011. More recently, she set the record for the longest swim in a swim-spa, 16 hours, in Melbourne.

The public is welcome to join-in and follow her preparation and progress via updates on Chloë’s Twitter, Facebook and Blog pages.



Chloë is under contract to Seven Network Australia, however interview requests with print, online and radio. are welcome.

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Chloë McCardel is a 29 year old marathon swimmer.  In 2010, she won the prestigious 46km Manhattan Island Marathon. Chloë has also completed 7 solo crossings of the English Channel-including two double crossings

The Island School started in 1999 with a pioneer group of students and faculty from The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. The school is a 14-week semester abroad program for high school sophomores and juniors from the United States, The Bahamas, and throughout the world.
Students have come from over 400 public and independent schools to study advanced placement courses in science, field research, history, math, English, and art, as well as physical and outdoor education. All courses are explicitly linked and place-based so that students and faculty can examine complex academic topics and social issues that confront this small island developing nation that is facing severe environmental pressures.

Tim Stackpool
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The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) was launched in February 2003 to harness the energy and knowledge that has been developed by student and faculty research projects at The Island School. Preliminary research performed at The Island School indicated that the region, like many parts of the world, is at a critical point in its development—there are drastic pressures on fisheries and an extreme dependency on foreign resources. To address this local and regional crisis, the Cape Eleuthera Institute (and its related projects) models ecologically sound systems, builds relationships, supports infrastructure development, and emphasizes education. The research and entrepreneurial projects of the Institute have the potential to develop a more solid job base and create new opportunities in areas such as fisheries management, alternative energy, sustainable food production through permaculture and aquaculture, waste management, water resource management, biodiesel processing, and green building and design. The construction and projects of CEI have multiple effects on local and regional economic prosperity, community awareness, and ecological health.




MSF_logoChloë will swim under official and international respected MSF marathon swimming rules meaning she cannot touch her support boat, and can wear only bathers, goggles and a swim cap.

MSF marathon swimming rules may be found here

A list of marathon swimmers who endorse the MSF marathon swimming rules may be found here

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