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Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim

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The Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim was nominated for the 2015 and 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association. It was selected as the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year
The Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim was selected as the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year in the WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe
20th Annual International Bosphorus Swim or the Samsung Intercontinental Bosphorus Swimming Competition

The Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim (Samsung Bosphorus Cross Continental Swimming Race or Samsung Cross Bosphorus Swim or Samsung Boğazıçi Kitalararasi Yarislari or Samsung Boğaziçi Kıtalararası Yüzme Yarışı, in Turkish or the Bosphorous Strait Swim) is one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims, one of the Top 50 Open Water Swims In Asia, and one of the World's Top 100 River Swims.

It is located in the Istanbul Strait that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara in Turkey. Bosphorus is the world’s most narrow strait used for international navigation and enables participants to claim they swam between Asia and Europe.

The course is from Kanlica on the Asian side of the Bosphorus to Kuruçesme on the European side of the Bosphorus.

The 6.5 km race is held annually in July and is organized by the National Olympic Committee of Turkey. The competition started in 1989 with 68 swimmers and has recently grown to 4,892 applicants for the 2,200 available spots.

2015 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nominees

The Samsung Boğazıçi Kitalararasi Yarislari (Samsung Intercontinental Bosphorus Swimming Competition) is nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association along with the following nominees:

1. Axis Buoy by FINIS (U.S.A.)
2. Best Places To Swim by Orca (New Zealand)
3. Chillswim Coniston by Chillswim (Great Britain)
4. Find A Way by Diana Nyad (U.S.A.)
5. IOLITE by Stephen Holm, Raymond Rogers, Justin Peck (U.S.A.)
6. Lake Geneva Swimming Association by Ben Barham (Switzerland)
7. Madswimmers Charity Swims by Jean Craven (South Africa)
8. Samsung Boğaziçi Kıtalararası Yüzme Yarışı (Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim) by the National Olympic Committee of Turkey (Turkey)
9. Sting No More™ by Dr. Angel Yanagihara (U.S.A.)
10. Swim Across America (U.S.A.)
11. SwimCross (Switzerland)
12. SwimEars® by Hans Henrik Heming (Denmark)
13. Swimmit by Ivan Peralta (Spain)
14. SwimTrack by Evan Morrison (U.S.A.)
15. WEST (Water World Swimming Therapy) (Israel)
16. World Ice Swimming Championships (Russia)

2015 WOWSA Award Nomination

Samsung Boğaziçi Kıtalararası Yüzme Yarışı (Samsung Intercontinental Bosphorus Swimming Competition) by the National Olympic Committee of Turkey
Point-to-point swims in shifting currents and tides always provide the self-satisfaction and challenge that is easy for open water swimmers to understand and feel. But when a swim ties together two of the Earth's continents in an iconic setting with thousands of other participants, the challenge becomes much more profoundly satisfying. Samsung Boğaziçi Kıtalararası Yüzme Yarışı provides the logistics and safety net for swimmers around the world to swim 6.5 km across the Istanbul Strait between Asia and Europe. Starting on the Asian side of the Bosphorus to Kuruçesme on the European side, the event is so massively popular and well-organized that it is natural the international open water extravaganza has grown from 68 swimmers in 1989 to nearly 5,000 participants. For the professional organization of the event by the National Olympic Committee of Turkey, for the production of a challenging event across a dynamically moving body of water in a such an iconic location, and for the joyful multi-cultural, multi-lingual ambiance of bioprened and neoprened swimmers, Samsung Boğaziçi Kıtalararası Yüzme Yarışı is a worthy nominee for the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

2016 WOWSA Award Nomination

The Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association. It was selected as the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

Its nomination read, "Swimming between continents is something that few people in the world rarely have an opportunity to do. But the Samsung Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim is excellently organized to offer this dramatic possibility to thousands of people every year. The National Olympic Committee of Turkey has grown the 6.5 km point-to-point traverse of the Istanbul Strait from 68 swimmers in 1989 to nearly 5,000 applicants from 52 countries from all walks of life. Boat traffic in the strait is stopped once per year on this day when people challenge themselves against shifting currents and tidal flows with logistics and a wide safety net at their protection. For providing the self-satisfaction and challenge of a cross-continental swim from the Asian continent to the European continents to 2,200 swimmers, for organizing an aquatic challenge across a dynamic body of water in an iconic location, and for the joyful multi-cultural, multi-lingual ambiance of swimmers from around the world, the Samsung Boğaziçi Kıtalararası Yüzme Yarışı is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year."

Distance

6.5 km

Type

Sea

Location

City From Kandili, Asia to Kuruçeşme, Europe

Country Turkey

Region Asia

Contact

Name National Olympic Committee of Turkey

Title Türkiye Milli Olimpiyat Komitesi

Email info@olimpiyat.org.tr

Guests of Honor

Event Information

Month: July

Event Date: 22 July 2018

Website: www.olimpiyatkomitesi.org.tr/tr/Faaliyet/bgz/Bgz.htm

Class: Amateur

Wetsuit: No

One of the World's Greatest Swims





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