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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Swimming From Country To Country, Continent To Continent

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

England to France ...
Scotland to Northern Ireland ...
China to Taiwan ...
U.S.A. to Canada ...
Cuba to U.S.A. ...
Mexico to Cuba ...
Russia to Japan ...
Chile to Argentina ...
Japan to Taiwan ...
Jamaica to Cuba ...
Hong to Macau ...
India to Sri Lanka ...
Jordan to Egypt ...
Mozambique to Madagascar ...
Denmark to Germany...

There is something very special about swimming from country to country.

There is also something extraordinarily special about swimming from continent to continent:

Spain to Morocco ...
Papua New Guinea to Indonesia ...
Russia to Alaska ...

But one inter-continental crossing is within the capabilities of many individuals: the Hellespont and Dardanelles swim.

"The iconic Europe-to-Asia Hellespont and Dardanelles Swim is always in high demand with open water enthusiasts traveling from all four corners of the world," says Mark Burgess of SwimTrek. "This year is no different with places going at a record pace. So if you’ve been considering 2014 as your year to attempt the Hellespont, act quick to secure your place before they are all gone."

The 4.5 km Hellespont and Dardanelles Swim is held on August 30th each year. "The world’s most concentrated shipping lane comes to a halt as swimmers race between the two continents of Europe and Asia," Burgess explains. "This challenging current-assisted swim is steeped in mythology and history following in the wake of Leander and Lord Byron, and is part of the Turkish Victory Day celebrations."

With a start in Eceabat and a finish in Çanakkale, Turkey, host organizer SwimTrek rolls out its red carpet between August 28th and 31st. Besides the current-assistance swim that whisks the swimmers from the Europe to Asia, the four-day SwimTrek event offers a coaching clinic, acclimatisation swim, pre- and post-race dinners, and optional tours to Troy and Gallipoli.

Prices from £460GBP includes accommodation, breakfast, coaching clinic, acclimatization, and entry into the Hellespont and Dardanelles Swim, pre-race dinner and post-race celebration, but does not include flights or transfers. For more information, visit here.

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  1. well the bosphorus cross continental swim is much better compared to this one. The distance is 6.5 km and over 1500 participants from all over the world
    check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gabaIwQM06I

  2. well the bosphorus cross continental swim is much better compared to this one. The distance is 6.5 km and over 1500 participants from all over the world
    check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gabaIwQM06I

  3. I disagree. This Hellespont swim is the original, iconic swim and by far the best organised and run. Swimtrek are excellent organisers, and have tapped into an extraordinary Turkish event centred around their Independence Day, making the event iconic, fun, challenging and truly cultural.


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