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On 11 July 2011, Abhejali Bernardova from Czech Republic swum the English Channel in a time of 14 hours and 37 minutes. Abhejali is the 27th member of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team to complete the crossing and the 42nd solo swim overall – the record for the most Channel crossings by any team.
Abhejali was assisted by support crew Jayalata Dadkovicova, Ritadyumna Tobolkova, Lenka Svecova, Jana Bernardova (Abhejali’s sister) from Czech Republic and Dhavala Stott from Scotland, on the Seafarer II boat piloted by Chris Osmond.
Previously, Abhejali was part of an SCMT international relay team that swum the Channel in 2009 in a 4-person team which included Vasanti Niemz from Germany, who was the first member of the SCMT to swim the Channel in 1985.
Camera: Dhavala Stott & Jana Bernardova
Edit: Dhavala & Shyamala Stott
Music: Parichayaka Hammerl, Pavaka Ritchot & Blue-Gold Shore of the Beyond
Acknowledgements: Sri Chinmoy.
Interview with Abhijali on becoming a student of Sri Chinmoy