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Situated in Turkey, The Hellespont is undoubtedly one of the most significant open water swims in the world. In 1810, Lord Byron the English Poet became the first known person to swim across the Hellespont from Europe to Asia. He swam it in honour of Leander, who in Greek Mythology, would swim nightly across this stretch of water to his lover Hero.
28th-31st August 2014

This traditional swim race, which crosses the Hellespont, takes place on the 30th August annually. This date commemorates the final victory for the Turks in the Turkish War of Independence in 1922 against the Greeks.

Held since 1986 years, this event draws swimmers from around Turkey and overseas. It has a flavour and colour all of its own and is a mainstay in the Turkish open water swimming calendar. Agreement has been reached with the Turkish Authorities to close the Straits to all boat traffic during the swim, allowing this historic event to take place. The swim starts on the European shore and swimmers will head to the town of Çanakkale on the Asian side, our base for the event.

In addition, there is an opportunity for a swim coaching session prior to the swim with one of our experienced open water coaches. Along with a post race dinner and optional tours to Gallipoli & Troy, this is an excellent opportunity to swim this historic crossing.

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30th August

Another wonderful event for swimmers from across Turkey and the international swimming community.

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  • January 28th, 2014
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  • Swim Hellespont draws swimmers from across the globed to take part in the iconic crossing from Europe to Asia. This challenging swim is a must for the seasoned open water swimmer. Places for  2014 are booking up fast, don’t miss out and Enter Now!

  • January 27th, 2014
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  • Take a look at the worlds most iconic swim on film. Click here to view the official video.

  • December 4th, 2013
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  • Follow in the swim stroke of Lord Byron, the Kennedy family & Bo Derek, and take on the Hellespont Swim. Registration is now open for this iconic crossing from Europe to Asia. Book your space now -