|Dates of Swims||1967 to 1974|
|Swim Times hh:mm||13:42 to 19:41. Details below|
|Starting Point||England and France. Details in Table below.|
|Finish||France and England. Details in Table below.|
|Monitoring Body||Channel Swimming Association|
|Club||Weymouth Swimming Club|
Mervin Sharp from Weymouth completed his first crossing of the Channel, France-England, in 1967 with a time of 18:34. By 1974 he had completed seven crossings to take the title of King of the Channel from Brojen Das. He held the title for one year before it was broken by Des Renford.
Mervin's seven crossings ae summarized below:
Pro Circuit - Wennerberg
|In 1982, Mervin was one of five swimmers from Weymouth who had successfully swam across The
Shown in the photograph with the other four who were equally famous in their own right.
Left-to-Right: Mervin Sharp; Philip Gollop who was the youngest to cross the Channel with his 13:45 crossing in 1965; Jacqui Hampson who, with a time of 15:32, in 1982 became the youngest person to have swum across The Channel; Greg Schofield; Godfrey Chapman whose 13:02 made him the first Englishman to complete the Daily Mail race of 1951.
Interestingly, apart from being from Weymouth, all five swimmers had attended the same school.
Material provided by Greg Schofield and BLDSA Annual Reports.
Created: 20th March 2005
Last Updated: 31st March 2005