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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 2016

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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  • October 6th, 2015
  • Hellespont 2015 Results
  • Congratulations to all the swimmers who took part in the Hellespont Cross Continental Swim. For overall results, gender and age category classification please click on the following links; Overall Classification Female Swimmer Overall Results Male Swimmer Overall Results Female Age Category Results Male Age Category Results Disabled Swimmer Classification

  • December 4th, 2014
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  • Registration is now open for this iconic crossing from Europe to Asia. Spaces are going fast, secure yours now by Clicking here.

  • September 3rd, 2014
  • Hellespont 2014 Results
  • Dabakoglu Coastal Swim Overall Swim Results Overall Race Results Hellespont results 2014 Women’s Race Results Overall – Hellespont Results Women’s Race By age Group – Hellespont Results Women’s Race – By age category Men’s Race Results Overall – Hellespont Results Men’s Race By age Group – Hellespont Results Men’s Race – By age category