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The first successful unaided crossing was made by Captain Matthew who took 21 hours and 45 minutes 24-25th August 1875. It is one of the most difficult sporting challenges as swimmers have to compete with not just 21 miles but also cold temperatures and treacherous currents.

At the end of 2005, 811 individuals have completed a total of 1185 verified crossings ( under the rules of the CSA, the CSA (Ltd), the CSPF and Butlins. )

This is interestingly less than the number who have climbed Mount Everest.

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