The first of the swims will be the Southern swim from Europe to Africa and will be the Gibraltar Straits. This is where the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea meet and is the historic point between Europe and Africa.
The geographically distance is about 8 miles.
Attempts are made from Tarifa Island to the vicinity of Punta Cires having to swim between 9 to 12 nautical miles (16.5 to 22 kilometres)
The West swim will be the world blue ribbon event for distance swimming - UK mainland to France - the English Channel. This is where the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea .
The geographically distance is about 21 miles.
Attempts are made from Shakespeare Beach in Dover to the French coast between Cap Gris Nez and Calais having to swim on average 31 miles
ON AUGUST 24, 1875, Matthew Webb became the first person to swim the English Channel. He completed the swim from Dover to near Calais in 21 hours and 45 minutes. While he swam his daughter gave him brandy, roast beef sandwiches and Bovril from a boat.
Swimming from England to France is quicker than the other direction. The record for France to England is eight hours and five minutes.
The shortest distance across the Channel is 21 miles (18.2 nautical miles)
For more than 20 years the French have banned swimming from Calais to Dover as the swimmers are seen as a hazard to shipping.
The English Channel formed around 10,000 years ago when the last ice age ended.
Alison Streeter MBE has made a record 43 successful cross-Channel swims.
The spoil from the Channel Tunnel was left near Dover, adding some 90 acres to the area of the UK.
The East swim will be the swim from Europe to Asia and will be the Dardanelles Straits at Hellespont. This is where the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea meet and is one of the busiest shipping lanes in Europe.
The geographically distance is about 5 Km.
The starting point is Eceabat in Europe with the completion being the landing point at Canakkale in Turkey Asia.
The Ancient Greek youth Leander swam the Hellespont swim nightly, guided by the torches lit by his beloved Hero, so the legend goes, until one stormy night he succumbed to the treacherous currents and drowned. Broken hearted Hero followed her lover to the watery depths.
In 1810 the young Lord Byron emulated Leander’s swim, and narrowly escaped drowning himself. This swim is often known as "The Byron Swim"