Over 2,500 women set new Guinness World Record for mass skinny dipping

More than 2,500 women shed their clothes and dive into the Irish sea to set new Guinness World Record for mass skinny dipping

  • The sea temperature off Magheramore beach, where the Irish swim was held, was a bracing 12 degrees
  • Previous record was set in Western Australia in 2015 when 786 swam naked to promote body positivity
  • Money raised will go to Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, a charity set up in memory of Aoibheann who died from cancer at the age of just eight

Thousands of Irish women shed their inhibitions and their clothes on a secluded beach 30 miles south of Dublin today for a world-record setting ‘skinny dip’ to raise funds for a children’s cancer charity.

Lucia Sinigagliesi, the Guinness World Records official that adjudicated the naked swim, said that 2,505 women spent five minutes in the chilling sea to set the new world record.

The previous record was set in Western Australia in 2015 when 786 participants swam naked to promote body positivity near the regional capital Perth, in waters that are usually around 23 degrees centigrade at that time of year.

 Just over 2,500 women spent five minutes in the chilling sea near Wicklow, Ireland, to set the new world record

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Participants lie in the sun before taking a plunge into the 12 degree sea in a bid to raise money for the fight against cancer

Two women wear messages on their backs in support of their friend Anna as they raise money for children’s cancer charity ‘Aoibheann’s Pink Tie’

The world record breaking dip occurred today as Magheramore beach near Wicklow in Ireland

The annual swim was founded in 2013 by Dubliner Dee Featherstone two weeks after she had a mastectomy to treat breast cancer

Today the sea temperature off Magheramore beach, where the Irish swim was held, was a bracing 12 degrees, despite a recent spell of warm weather.

The swim has been an annual event since it was started by Dubliner Dee Featherstone in 2013 – just weeks after her own mastectomy. 

The events have raised more than €153,000 (£135,000), not including what will be raised this year.

‘We are all different shapes and sizes and ages and it was just super,’ said one participant as clambered from the bracing water

Some brave participants wore red wigs and purple bands as they battled the chill in the fight against breast cancer

Esther, aged 85, was the oldest participant of the thousands strong ‘skinny dip’

A participant shows her scar from breast cancer treatment as she emerges from the sea 

‘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. It was great craic,’ Deirdre Betson from Dunboyne told a Reuters reporter after leaving the water.

‘We are all different shapes and sizes and ages and it was just super.’

This year the money raised will go to Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, a charity set up in 2010 by Mick Rochford and Jimmy Norman, after Jimmy’s daughter Aoibheann died from cancer aged just eight.

‘Aoibheann went to school with my daughter. She would have been seventeen this year. We did it in her memory,’ said Betson.

Wearing nothing but fluffy scarves and wide-brimmed hats participants marched towards the sea

The crowd was met with blue skies as they broke the Guinness World Record for the largest ‘skinny dip’

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