One of my target swims for next year is Hellespont, which is the famous swim in Turkey in which you cross from the European continent to the Asian continent.
It’s a swim that has always captured my imagination as an iconic international swim. It is also a great place to meet international swimmers and to see if they can share some of the experiences that I have with regards to the links between open water swimming and business – or perhaps even more usefully, learn from their different experiences.
So I’m delighted to say that I’ve booked the swim for next August already.
I’ve booked to go with the excellent SwimTrek (I did their Long Distance Training camp in April of this year), so I know that all the organisation will be second to none. Most importantly I know that I’ll have a place in the event itself – which, with it being in Turkey was always going to be difficult for me to organise the logistics of.
As SwimTrek describes the trip:
“One of the busiest shipping lanes in the world is closed to traffic for the annual ‘Victory Day’ race between two continents as you swim from Europe to Asia. This is a unique opportunity to swim across the Dardanelles. Entries are strictly limited so be quick to secure a place on this memorable event.
The Hellespont is steeped in mythology. Leander would swim nightly to his beloved Hero across this stretch of water. However, we will make the crossing by day and won’t have to rely on Hero’s torch to guide the way! The poet, Lord Byron became the first known person to swim the Hellespont in 1810.”
I’ll tell you more about it along the way…