May 22, 2019

Skinny dip organisers claim world record

A small section of the hundreds of enthusiatic charity swimmers at Rhossili Beach.

Organisers of a mass skinny dip on the Gower penisula in Wales have claimed a new world record after hundreds of naked swimmers took off their clothes and took to the sea.

Almost 400 people took part in the Midsummer Skinny Dip at Rhossili Beach which raised £12,000 for the Marie Curie Cancer Care and the National Trust.

“It was fantastic, people are already talking about doing it again next year,” said organiser Alison Powell.

The old world mark was 250 skinny dippers. Organisers were overwhelmed that 400 people registered to get their kit off for charity.

To break the record the swimmers had to stay in the sea for 10 minutes.

“There was something absolutely surreal about being on a beach with 400 naked bodies,” said Ms Powell, a 35-year-old online editor. “It’s not a sight you see very often.”

“The weather was nice, just a bit overcast, but the sea temperature wasn’t really cold at all. It was just so exhilarating.”

“We knew 400 was the most we could safely deal with,” she said. “We didn’t have anybody drop out but we did have one or two late entries – people who came along to steward and then decided to get naked and went in with us.”

Ms Powell revealed that a broken megaphone had not helped with the logistics of the attempt but after warming up with star jumps and a Mexican wave, volunteers raced down the beach and into the waves.

“There was a great big cheer and we all just went for it,” said Ms Powell.

She added that she chose Rhossili because of its relative seclusion in order to spare the blushes of early morning walkers.

Newswarped thinks that the seclusion might have been to prevent huge crowds of wellwishers invading the area to cheer the swimmers on.