Channel Swimmers

Mervin Sharp

King of The Channel, 1974-1975
7 Crossings

Swimmer Mervin Sharp
Age ??
Home Weymouth
Country England
Dates of Swims 1967 to 1974
Start Time
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
Official Observer
Pilot (Boat)
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:
1967 FE101 18:34
1968 EF29 17:52
1969 EF37 14:29
1969 EF41 19:41
1970 EF42 15:14
1973 EF75 15:17
1974 EF76 13:42

Pro Circuit - Wennerberg

In 1982, Mervin was one of five swimmers from Weymouth who had successfully swam across The Channel.

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