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Posts Tagged: "history"

2018 Declared year of Troia; How SwimTrek is Involved and You Can Be Too

The historical city of Troy grew famous as the setting for Homer’s epics Iliad and Odyssey. This area of the world has also been claimed as the cradle of Western civilization and the origin of European culture. This site has been the home of many battles and perhaps most famously known for the...

The History of the Hellespont; From Greek Mythology to the modern-day

The Hellespont has a long and varied history. Now known as the Dardanelles, its original name derives from a character of Greek Mythology Helle, who had a twin brother Phrixus. Their stepmother Ino tricked the villagers into believing that Phrixus was to be a human sacrifice, but the twins were...

Hellespont: The 'World's Oldest Swim'

So, you’re a budding open water swimmer. You’ve perhaps completed a couple of SwimTrek holidays or race events, have built your confidence in the water and are looking to go to the next level for your next open water challenge. Then consider the Hellespont Swim Race; where you’ll battle the...

Simon's Swish List

SwimTrek founder Simon Murie is a regular feature in the H2Open Magazine introducing readers to iconic swims from around the world. This month Simon reviews an event with biblical connections in the world’s lowest freshwater lake, the Sea of Galilee. Read it here

Alcatraz - The 1,000th Crossing

Gary Emich is an accomplished and well-travelled open water swimmer and is a regular guide for SwimTrek. What makes Gary truly unique, is his obsession with Alcatraz. Not only does Gary already hold the record for the greatest number of Alcatraz Island swims. He is also about to embark on his...

Swims to add to your open water swimming wish list, Alcatraz

Alcatraz. The distance may ‘only’ be 1.5 miles and thousands of people have successfully completed it, but this swim shouldn’t be underestimated. For prisoners incarcerated on this rocky outcrop, escaping once would have been enough. However, Garry Emich, from San Francisco, is planning to become...

Swimming the River Tagus, Lisbon, Portugal in the Wake of Lord Byron

"I swim in the Tagus all across at once, and I rides on an ass or a mule, and swears Portuguese, and have got a diarrhoea and bites from the mosquitoes. But what of that? Comfort must not be expected by folks that go a pleasuring.” Lord Byron, 1809 So said the English poet Lord Byron after...

Lynn Sherr - Why We Love The Water

Swim: Why We Love the Water is Sherr’s ode to the intrepid challenge of crossing wild places like the Hellespont simply for the joy of swimming. Order this book “The untamed blue waters that define our planet or the boxed-in beauty of pools” are both equally alluring to Sherr, who writes about...

The Byron Bicentennial Swim

On the 3rd May 1810, Lord Byron swam across the Hellespont in Turkey, the stretch of water that divides Europe from Asia. Exactly 200 years to the day SwimTrek organised a crossing to recreate this heroic swim. This crossing was the culmination of the Byron Swim Festival, a 3 day event held in...

Own a piece of Open Water Swimming History

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of open water swimming history. On the 3rd May 2010, the Right Honorable Lord Robin Byron officially started the Hellespont swim race in memory of his predecessor, the English poet Lord Byron who swam the Hellespont exactly 200 years...