He successfully swam the English Channel twice and in both directions. He swam from France to England in 16 hours 40 minutes in 1975 and from England to France in 13 hours 40 minutes in 1977.
Turkey to Cyprus
He swam Turkey to Cyprus in 43 hours 20 minutes in 1973. According to Sports Illustrated, Ersin ate 14 lamb chops, 13 chocolate bars, 20 cheese sandwiches, nearly eight pounds of peaches, 25 glasses of tea and three jars of honey while becoming the first person to swim from Turkey to the island of Cyprus, a total of 60 miles (96 km). "I've done it for the Fatherland," explained the Turkish swimmer who swam in a shark cage.