English Channel crossing that included Leo Richardson, Joe Gist, Reverend Echols, Willie Mitchell, Charles Chapman Sr., Ed Rutkowski, Charlie The Tuna (8th from left), Ted Kirkland, George K. Arthur, Dave Collins, James Pitts, Alice Saffron, Bridy Mitchell, Minnie Gillette. Not shown Clifford Bell, Dr. Leon Henderson, Cecilia Henderson, Rick James, Jan Peters]] The Committee that supported the English Channel crossing of Charles Chapman, Jr.. Chapman was the first black man to swim across the English Channel in 1981 who completed a number of other unprecedented all-butterfly open water swims.
Charles Chapman, Jr.'s Open Water Swimming Career Highlights
- On 25 August 1981, he completed a crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 12 hours 40 minutes at the age of 26.
- In 1984, he completed the first butterfly swim around Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park in San Francisco Bay, California.
- On 26 August 1988, he completed the first butterfly circumnavigation swim in the 45.8 km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York in 9 hours 25 minutes 8 seconds.
- On 19 August 1989, he completed the 45.8 km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York in 9 hours 45 minutes 21 seconds at the age of 45.