2500 women set new Guinness World Record for mass skinny dipping

Elias Hubbard
June 13, 2018

From 12:45 a secluded beach in Wicklow will host the Dip in the Nip which needs at least 1,200 participants to set a new record.

The dips were to raise funds for an Irish children's cancer charity Aoibheann's Pink Tie.

The charity was set up in 2010 after Irishman Jimmy Norman's 8-year-old daughter Aoibheann died from cancer, prompting the men at her funeral to wear pink ties because that was the girl's favorite color. The events have raised more than 153,000 euro, not including what will be raised this year.

The "Strip and Dip" is the brainchild of Deirdre Featherstone, who has organised the event for the past six years.

"Half the people who were there either had cancer or were affected by cancer or were supporting somebody or remembering someone who had cancer - every woman had their own little story of why they did it". "It was wonderful. I have never been naked in front of anybody before, except my husband, and it was brilliant and bracing", she said.

The effort was able to break the existing Guinness World Record, which had actually been set in 2015 in Perth, Australia, when 786 people bared all.

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

"This is a great women empowerment day", one participant told BBC.

Organiser Dee Featherstone, who led Saturday's charge into the Irish Sea, said the numbers exceeded her wildest dreams.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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