Channel Swimming

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Members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team have made over forty Channel Crossings - 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 channel, as well as tips 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 swims by SCMT Members (up to 2013, if a swim is missing, please let us know!)
  • Since 1985, members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team have made 44 successful solo crossings (by 29 different individuals), and 3 team relay crossings.


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Leading Solo crossings

  • Karteek Clarke (Scotland) - 10
  • Vedika Bolliger (Switzerland) - 5
  • Vasanti Niemz (Germany) - 2

Inspiring Stories

Media Coverage

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


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