Australia & Oceania

Chloe McCardel’s 20th Channel crossing takes record from Des Renford

Marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel battled a sea storm and some of the biggest waves of her career to complete a 20th crossing of the English Channel yesterday, overtaking Des Renford’s record for the most successful crossings by an Australian.

McCardel, 31, set off from Dover at 3am Saturday (1pm Saturday AEDT) expecting a sea state of force one or two but a storm whipped up and she had to contend with two-metre swells for more than 10 hours.

Crocodile sightings force cancellation of open water swim in Australia

TOWNSVILLE, Australia -- An eight-kilometer open water swimming event between a popular north Queensland island and the city of Townsville has been canceled due to crocodile sightings.

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North Bondi Roughwater ocean swim has closest finish ever as thousands compete despite poor weather

OLLIE Signorini beat more than 1000 competitors to the finish line in treacherous conditions at the North Bondi Roughwater open water swim on Sunday.

The Collaroy-based swimmer won the 1km event, in what organisers called the ‘closest finish in race history’.

Signorini, who also won the 2014 swim, finished the race in 12:08, shaving more than three minutes off his time last year.

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Chloë McCardel swam 126km within two days, solo and unassisted in open water to etch her name in aquatic sports history

On a balmy night on October 22, in the dark tropical waters of the Bahamas, the 29-year-old Australian swimmer made her last few strokes to enter Nassau, the capital of the common wealth of the Bahamas. In doing so, Chloë McCardel became the first person in the world to do the longest, solo, nonstop, unassisted marathon swim in ocean water.

She swam 126 km across Exuma Sound (a body of water in the Bahamas) in the Atlantic ocean from South Eleuthera Island to Nassau in under 42 hours.

David Barra and Brianne Yeats, members of Marathon Swimmers Federation (MSF), the world’s largest community of long-distance swimmers observed her swim. According to their comprehensive report, Chloë has set a world record.

In one of her first interviews since her feat, Chloë talked to The Outdoor Journal about her swim, her belief in swimming sans protective gear and what keeps her going.

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Melbourne swimmer sets record for open water swimming in Bahamas

A Melbourne ultra-marathon swimmer has set a record for open water swimming, in a 42.5 hour journey between two islands in the Bahamas.

Chloe McCardel, 29, swam 126 kilometres unassisted from Lighthouse Beach on the southern tip of Eleuthera Island to Nassau.

If her record is ratified, Ms McCardel will have completed the longest open water, solo, continuous, unassisted marathon swim in history.

She completed the swim wearing only regulation bathers, a swimming cap and goggles.

Local media and supporters welcomed the exhausted swimmer into Nassau.

Australian Cyril Baldock, 70, becomes oldest person to swim English Channel

SEVENTY-YEAR-OLD Australian Cyril Baldock has become the oldest person to swim across the English Channel.

The life member of Sydney’s Bondi Surf Club set off from England early Wednesday morning local time and arrived at Cap Gris Nez in France about 12 hours and 45 minutes later.

“I made it!” Baldock tweeted immediately after completing the 34 km marathon.

“I’m officially the oldest person to swim the English Channel.” Baldock, aged 70 years and nine months, has replaced Englishman Roger Allsopp in the record books.

Allsopp was 70 years and four months when he took almost 18 hours to cross the Channel in 2011.

Northland sailor survives swim for his life

Todd Vercoe slogged for three hours through rough seas, thunderstorms, lightning and the threat of sharks.

When he finally reached land he etched "SOS" in the sand with his foot in the hope rescuers would see his plea for help.

It might sound like a scene from a castaway movie but the life-threatening experience was real for the keen sailor, who thought he might not survive the exhausting swim off Northland's coast on Saturday. Still shivering, wrapped in blankets and sipping a hot coffee at Whangarei's St John Ambulance base an hour after being rescued, Mr Vercoe, 36, a house painter from Langs Beach, recounted his ordeal.

He was one of three aboard a nine-metre steel-hulled sloop that left the Bay of Islands about 8.30am on Saturday, destined first for Tutukaka, then Whangarei.

"We had the boat on autopilot and were motor sailing to keep the speed up to make it into Tutukaka before it got dark," Mr Vercoe said.

He estimated they were about 9km offshore when he had decided to relieve himself off the back of the yacht.

"That's when I fell in. I was yelling and screaming as soon as I hit the water. But there was no way they could hear me over the motor and they were both in the cabin below deck."

That's number 6 for Adam Walker

Adam Walker successfully crossed the Cook Channel.

He started around 09:00 h New Zealand time and finished in 8 hours 36 min the 6th and in his words hardest of the 7 Oceans.

Now all that's left is the 'easier' North Channel between Scotland and Ireland to become the fifth person to complete the 7 oceans.

Australian Chloe Mccardell breaks record swimming 16 straight hours in spa

Australian Chloe McCardell was forced to abandon her Cuba-to-Florida attempt in 2013, before Diana Nyad’s successful swim, after suffering a jellyfish sting.

So for her latest World Record endurance swim, McCardell swam in a bit of a more controlled environment

The Australian swam 16 hours straight in a “spa” (think Endless Pool) in Melbourne.

This challenge wasn’t nearly as long as the one done by Diana Nyad, but it provides a whole different type challenge.

Australians protest at plans to kill sharks in Perth

Thousands of people have been taking part in protests in Australia over a plan to kill large sharks.

The Western Australia government is set to install baited hooks off Perth's popular beaches in response to seven fatal shark attacks in three years.

But protesters say a cull is not the answer, and will only damage the sea's delicate ecosystem.

More than 4,000 people gathered for a demonstration at Perth's Cottesloe beach alone.

"Without the sharks there will be no future for humanity because they balance out the ecosystem and every living creature in the sea is really important," one protester said.

At a demonstration in Melbourne, one protester said: "We're better than killing wildlife in vengeance. We need to use the science that's there, to work with the science that's there, to learn to live with these creatures instead of culling them."