We are an English Channel Relay Swimmer!

Updated: Oct 1, 2019

We made it! My team "Out of Our comfort Zone" Raha Akhavan,Yasemin Bagana, Emre Deliveli crossed within 11 hours 41 minutes the English Channel from Dover to Plage de Wissant. It was an amazing experience. Our coach Kamil Resa Alsaran supported us in this overall journey and thanks him we could get the slot for this year!

We started at 4.30 am, and I had the chance to be the first swimmer and swim from the dark into the magical sunrise. After me Raha Akhavan was in the water, than Yasemin Bagana and than Emre Deliveli. We were four times in the water. The water temperature was about 18-19 degrees. After the North Channel experience we could say "nice and warm" :) We were really lucky with the weather. The sun was shining all the time and we had a really good mood. Emre, who swam two days ago his solo was little bit tired but despite his pain and tired body he gave everything for his team. Kamil Resa Alsaran observed us all the time and supported us.


The preparation for this journey and my experiences in it inspired me for my corporate life as well. This journey is not just about swimming. It is more about mental endurance, following your passion, supporting each other - being stronger as a team and exploring your own potential with having an individual change experience. So happy and thankful to all of you who supported me in this journey!

English Channel - Photo by VR Agency Gökhan Göksoy

Location: English Channel

Photo by VR Agency - Gökhan Göksoy

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