swim from asia to europe!

It sounds like a big challenge but not really. If you can swim for around one hour (or 3 kms) in a swimming pool then you can do it! I’m telling this because I did it some years ago!

You can try to do this when you are in Istanbul but considering strong currents and heavy ship traffic it might be wise to join the Bosphorus cross-continental swimming race that is organised by “National Olympic Committee of Turkey” every year in July. During this event, the whole ship traffic is stopped and also there are quite a few fast boats monitoring the swimmers. So, the chances of getting to the other side is higher!

The race course follows the direction of the channel current except for the portions at the start and finish (I guess nobody could finish this race otherwise!). The race starts at the Anatolian side of the city, in Kanlica and ends on the European side, in Kurucesme (near Ortakoy), the total distance is 6.5 kms. Bosphorus currents are very strong and run in different directions but if you use them wisely they help you a great deal (the speed of channel currents varies between 2.5km – 7km/hour).

If you don’t want to win the competition -luckily I didn’t and please don’t ask my ranking!-, you can take it easy and leave yourself to the channel current. Then watch the beauties of Bosphorus. You even pass under Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge! But you should be powerful at the beginning to enter the channel current and especially more powerful at the end to swim across the opposite current after you exit the channel current. Strongly recommended, go for it! More information is on the official website: http://www.bosphorus.cc/

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