Channel swimmer Godfrey Chapman
Channel swimmer Godfrey Chapman. Image shows Godfrey Chapman at Shakespeare Beach surrounded by his supporters celebrating a successful cross Channel swim. Also in the boat is Tom Watch, his trainer
Chapman, a member of Weymouth Swimming Club, was the first Englishman home in the 1951 Daily Mail Cross Channel Race, in sixth place, time 12 hrs 56 min’s. He received a silver trophy from President Peron, of the Argentine. He was the first English man to Finish.
He was the winner of the Portland to Weymouth Race in 1950. Winner of all Weymouth Club events 100, 880, 2000, 6000 yards.