As many as 2,505 women have set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s largest skinny dip at a beach in Co Wicklow in Ireland. Thousands of women shed their inhibitions and their clothes on a private beach in Ireland on June 9. The world-record setting “skinny dip” also raised funds for a children’s cancer charity.
The previous record was set in Western Australia in 2015 where 786 participants swam naked near Perth. However, an event in Finland claims 789 people at 2017’s Ilosaarirock music festival.
On Saturday, the sea temperature was 12 degrees. The swim has been an annual event. It was started by Dee Featherstone in 2013, just weeks after her own mastectomy. Mastectomy is surgery to remove a breast. The events have raised more than 153,000 euro, apart from what will be raised this year.
This was the sixth year that the event was held. While this year was a record breaker strip and dip event with 2,505 women, only 80 women attended the first edition.
The organizers of the event, said, “Dee would like to send a message that there is life after cancer and also raising awareness of how important it is for ladies to get checked. It has been a magical day for all involved and a closed format… So only ladies were allowed.”
Deirdre Betson from Dunboyne said, “Oh my god it was amazing. I have never been naked in front of anybody before, except my husband, and it was brilliant and bracing.”
This year, the money raised will go to children’s cancer society, Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, a charity set up in 2010. The founders of the charity are Mick Rochford and Jimmy Norman. They formed this charity after Norman’s daughter Aoibheann died from cancer at the age of eight.
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