Captain Leonard Hutchinson
Captain Hutchinson was one of the best English Channel pilots and is remembered for his skill as a navigator and his kind and considerate manner, no matter how long the crossing took. Always in a boat and tie on board, he piloted more than 100 English Channel swims for swimmers from over the world, including Brazil, Pakistan, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Iceland, Argentina, Mexico, Spain and Belgium, over 60 of which are chronicled in his diaries.
He piloted many record-breaking English Channel swims including the crossing of Brojen Das in the 1958 Butlin Race, the 1959 crossing of Abilio Couto in an England-to-France record of 12 hours and 49 minutes, the 1961 crossing of Dorothy Perkins in the earliest date the English Channel had ever been swum in 20 hours and 26 minutes, the 1961 crossing of Rosemary George, the 1961 crossing of Margaret White, then the youngest ever to swim from England to France, Brojen Das’ record crossing from France to England in 10 hours and 45 minutes, Kevin Murphy’s double-crossing and the 1961 double-crossing relay record in 45 hours and 10 minutes.
International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Pilots
- Reg Brickell, Sr., Great Britain, Class of 2003 (English Channel)
- Captain Leonard Hutchinson, Great Britain, Class of 2004 (English Channel)
- William J. Long, Great Britain, Class of 2004 (English Channel)
- Michael Oram, Great Britain, Class of 2004 (English Channel)
- Duncan Taylor, Great Britain, Class of 2005 (English Channel)
- David Whyte, Great Britain, Class of 2007 (English Channel)
- Reg Brickell, Jr., Great Britain, Class of 2009 (English Channel)
- Ray Brickell, Great Britain, Class of 2009 (English Channel)
- Charlie Gravett, Great Britain, Class of 2016 (Isle of Jersey)
- Mickey Pittman and John Pittman, USA, Class of 2017 (Catalina Channel)
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