English Channel Swimming - and other open water swims

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Members of the International Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team (SCMT) have made 46 English Channel solo crossings by Sept. 2014 - the most by any athletic organisation. In this section of our website we present inspiring stories by our team members who have successfully crossed the English Channel and other straits, lakes, lochs and bodies of open water, as well as tips and helpful links for those thinking of taking on the challenge.

(Video on right: Abhejali Bernardova completes the 43rd successful crossing of the English Channel by a member of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team to swim the Channel in July 2011)

  • View list of English Channel (EC) swims by SCMT members (up to 2014, if a swim is missing, please let us know!)
  • Since 1985, members of the International Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team have made 46 successful EC solo crossings (by 29 different individuals), and 4 team relay crossings.
  • In addition, SCMT team members have completed many other open water marathon or long distance swims - from the Zurich Lake Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim to Lake Windermere , Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS), Hellespont, Strait of Gibraltar and more.

Latest news

Sept. 17, 2014: The 4 person "Sri Chinmoy Golden Jubilee Team" - our 3rd international female relay - made it across the English Channel in 16 hours 34 min. Read account by Harita Davis - 'Swimming for Peace'. Also more on www.channel-triathlon.com and vimeo.com

Sri Chinmoy Golden Jubilee English Channel relay team

Sept. 6-11, 2014: Angikar Djordjevic from Serbia finished his second English Channel solo on Sept. 6th, 2014, in 18 hours 41 min. as part of a personal EC ultra triathlon, continuing, with some rest in between, to bike 560 km and run 3 marathons via Brussels, Maastricht, Aachen, Koblenz and Bingen to Heidelberg, Germany, on Sept. 11. More on www.channel-triathlon.com

Below: Map of Angikar`s 2nd EC solo swim of Sept. 6, 2014:


July 30, 2014: Below the map of Karteek`s 11th English Channel solo swim on July 30, 2014 - courtesy CS&PF:


Interview with Adriano Passini, Brazil, about his solo English Channel crossing on July 27, 2013 and the preparation leading up to it:



Leading EC solo crossings (all non wetsuit)

  • Karteek Clarke (Scotland) - 11 solos
  • Vedika Bolliger (Switzerland) - 5 solos, including 1 EC triathlon Dover-Paris, plus 1 relay (6 p.)
  • Vasanti Niemz (Germany) - 2 solos, including 1 EC triathlon Dover-Aachen, plus 2 relays (6/4 p.)
  • Angikar Djordjevic (Serbia) - 2 solos, including 1 EC triathlon Dover-Heidelberg, plus 1 relay (5 p.)

Inspiring Stories

Media Coverage

swimhomepage.jpgArticle about Karteek's 10th crossing of the English Channel on Aug. 13, 2009, in the online newspaper news.scotsman.com, Aug 20, 2009:

"AFTER completing a gruelling swim of the English Channel, he vowed to never put his body through the pain again.
But Edinburgh businessman Karteek Clarke just can't leave a challenge alone. He gave it another go – becoming the first Scot to attempt the crossing twice. Then he did it again, and again, and again.
Incredibly, the 42-year-old business training completed his tenth swim to France – and he puts his remarkable achievement down to meditation and yoga.
..." more

And another article about Karteek's 10th Channel swim in the Scottish Sun:

"PLUCKY Karteek Clarke has created waves by swimming the Channel TEN times - despite suffering severe SEA SICKNESS.
The 42-year-old admits he keeps vowing never to step foot in the water again but then can't resist another bash at the gruelling challenge.
He said: "Every time I've swum the Channel I've vowed, never again. It is exhausting. But then I get drawn in to complete the challenge just once more. This time it took me 16 hours and 49 minutes to cross from Dover to Calais - that's my longest time yet. Last year I did it in 14 hours and 54 minutes, but my best was under 11 hours. It depends so much on the sea, tides and weather conditions. I suffer from sea sickness so it takes a lot of discipline not to give up..." more


Other Resources

  • News articles posted on this site...
  • The 26km Zurich Lake swim run by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon team has become a famous training swim for the Channel and a very popular event in its own right, view details of the 26km swim which is held on the first or second Sunday of August each year ...
  • Inspirational answers and aphorisms by Sri Chinmoy on the inner significance of swimming.
  • A compiliation of training resources and useful infos for the big day by the Channel greats...
  • When your arms get tired, you can't take the Chunnel - a very nice article on Alison Streeter, the legendary swimmer with the record of the most Channel crossings.
  • Vasanti Niemz and Adiratha Keefe were the first two members of the SCMT to complete the channel crossing in 1985; Sri Chinmoy composed songs for both of them in his native Bengali in tribute to their achievements. Read the lyrics to Vasanti's and Adiratha's songs on srichinmoysongs.com...
  • Useful links to other channel and swimming sites...