The Dardanelles is a major international transport route. However, due to the celebration of the Victory of Turkey and of her Armed Forces, sailing in the strait was suspended for a short time. Instead, the record breaker was hampered by the roughness of the sea (up to force 3); head wind and constant rapid current, characteristic of the Dardanelles. Notwithstanding all these, the record breaker managed to do what was almost impossible – he triumphantly completed his extraordinary marathon.
The organizers of the marathon were: Gvanji MANIA – the chairman of world achievements and travelers club "Giorgi", head of the expedition "Dardanelles 2002" (Georgia) and Nuri ENGIN – the chairman of Youth and sports department of the city Cakkanale (Turkey).
The marathon swimming was performed under strict supervision – rigid adherence to rules of the safety of the record breaker's life. This was facilitated by two big launches: ERDEM – 17.00 D 0246, Captain Ahmed ERDEM, and co-owner Ismet ERDEM, and ERDEM – 17.00 D 1014, Captain Deniz ERDEM; on board of these launches were cited Turkish navigators, members of our expedition, and Georgian and Turkish journalists (Giorgi DULARIDZE-representative of "RUSTAVI 2", Guranda GURASASHVILI – TV company "IBERIA" representative, Alexander KOTORASHVILI – photo correspondent of newspaper "Mtavari Gazeti", Zurab BATIASHVILI – Turkologist, Ludmila KOVALETS-KUPRASHVILI – doctor of the record breaker, as well as representatives of Turkish TV companies and agencies: Erdem SUREK (Dogan Haber Ajansi), Ersan KUCUKKURU (D.H.A.), Birol GURSES (A.A.), Ercan OZCETIN (A.A.),Burak GEZEN (S.H.A.) and Burak AKAY (A.T.V. TV.).
The important contributions in resolving the problems created before the marathon were made by the Chief of Canakkale Navy – colonel Ilias KOCHAK (former captain of the first Turkish ship on friendly visit in Poti port) and the Military attache of Georgia in Turkey, vice-colonel Temur KERESELIDZE.