The English Channel was first successfully crossed by Captain Matthew Webb who swam breaststroke in 21 hours 45 minutes.
The fastest male crossing was done by Petar Stoychev who crossed in 6 hours 57 minutes 50 seconds. The fastest female Channel crossing record is held by Yvetta Hlavacova of the Czech Republic in 7 hours 25 minutes.
The fastest butterfly crossing was done by Julie Bradshaw of the U.K. in 14 hours 18 minutes in 2002. The fastest breaststroke crossing was done by Frederick Jacques of Belgium in 13 hours 31 minutes in 2005. The fastest backstroke crossing was done was American Tina Neill in 13 hours 22 minutes.
Photo of Captain Matthew Webb.