Kings of the Channel

Letona Trophy

The following list indicates the chronological listing of male swimmers with the most crossings of the Channel - i.e. the Kings of the Channel. A prestigious title that was initiated by the Channel Swimming Association but now incorporates swims verified by the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation:
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Matthew
Webb
Edward
Temme
William
'Ned' Barnie
Brojen
Das
Mervyn
Sharp
Desmond
Renford
Michael
Read
Kevin
Murphy



Crossings

Swimmer

Year

Time

Comments

1 Matthew Webb 1875 21:45 `
2 Edward Temme 1934 15:34 `
3 William Barnie 1951 15:01 Photo taken from the book "Captain Webb and 100 years of Channel Swimming".
4 Brojan Das 1960 14:43 Photo taken from the book "Captain Webb and 100 years of Channel Swimming".
5 Brojan Das 1961 11:48 `
6 Brojan Das 1961 10:35 `
7 Mervyn Sharp 1974 13:42 `
8 Desmond Renford 1975 13:08 Photo taken from Des's book "Nothing Great is Easy".
9 Desmond Renford 1976 13:12 `
10 Desmond Renford 1977 12:02 `
11 Desmond Renford 1978 13:35 `
12 Desmond Renford 1978 12:33 `
13 Desmond Renford 1979 14:01 `
14 Desmond Renford 1979 11:42 `
15 Desmond Renford 1979 14:09 `
16 Desmond Renford 1979 12:43 `
17 Michael Read 1979 17:55 `
18 Michael Read 1980 14:52 `
19 Desmond Renford 1980 13:48 `
20 Michael Read 1980 15:22 `
21 Michael Read 1981 16:48 `
22 Michael Read 1981 15:32 `
23 Michael Read 1981 15:45 `
24 Michael Read 1982 12:57 `
25 Michael Read 1982 15:05 `
26 Michael Read 1983 18:21 `
27 Michael Read 1983 14:53 `
28 Michael Read 1983 14:31 `
29 Michael Read 1983 15:28 `
30 Michael Read 1984 14:05 `
31 Michael Read 1984 13:24 `
32 Kevin Murphy 2000 15:10 `
33 Michael Read 2004 15:29 `
34 Kevin Murphy 2006 15:14 `

Acknowledgments: Photos of Edward Temme and William Barnie are taken from
Sam Rockett's book "It's cold in the Channel".

Created: 28th April 2003
Last Updated: 22nd July 2006