Niles Furlong was the lead kayaker who helped guide Chloë McCardel to an unprecedented 124.4 km (77.3 mile), 41 hour 21 minute marathon swim from Lighthouse Beach on the southern tip of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas to Nassau between 20-22 October 2014 that was completed under Marathon Swimmers Federation rules. Her swim was reason for McCardel to be nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.
Chloë McCardel Support Crew
Her support crew included:
- escort pilots Ron Knight and Malcolm Goodman
- crew members Paul McQueeney and Ken Dixon
- shark safety crew of Andy Olday, Mackey Violich, Candice Brittain, Alp Gökgöz, and Beth McKenna
- kayakers Niles Furlong, Patrick Lamontagne, Liz Shingsby, Patty Lee, Allison Baldwin, and EMT Jai Leal
- Marathon Swimmers Federation observers David Barra and Brianne Yeates.
2017 MSF Calendar
His photo was featured in the 2017 MSF Calendar.
Cover – Sarah Thomas swimming in Lake Powell in Arizona. Photo by Ken Classen.
January – Howard James on the earliest English Channel crossing. Photo by Danny Burrows.
February – Theodore Yach swimming his 100th Robben Island crossing. Photo by Mariza Cloete.
March – Radikal MarBrava in Girona, Spain. Photo by Burno Hervas.
April – Swimmers in Lake Willoughby in Vermont. Photo by Manuela Jessel.
May – Howard James leaving Dover. Photo by Danny Burrows.
June – Scott Zornig swimming in San Diego Harbor. Photo by Lynn Kubasek.
July – Dave Van Mouwerik swimming with a whale in Avila Beach. Photo by Michael Dobrzensky.
August – Anthony McCarley swimming in the Harlem River. Photo by Niles Furlong.
September – Marie Watson swimming in Galway Bay in Ireland. Photo by Siobhan Russell.
October – Sarah Thomas at finish on Lake Powell shoreline in Arizona. Photo by Andrew Malinak.
November – Bernard Lynch swimming in the English Channel. Photo by Siobhan Russell.
December – Swimmers entered water on Autumn Equinox in Myrtleville, Ireland. Photo by Siobhan Russell.