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Women break Guinness World Record for world’s largest skinny dip


2,505 women braced the cold water and beat the record for the world’s largest skinny dip (Picture: Reuters)

Thousands of Irish women shed their inhibitions and their clothes to beat the world record for the largest skinny dip.

The group swim on a secluded beach 50km south of Dublin was in support of a good cause as the naked swimmers raised funds for a children’s cancer charity.

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 (£134,000), not including what will be raised this year.

‘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 said.

2505 women break a Guinness World record for the largest number of people skinny dipping together and at the same time raising money for the children's cancer charity 'Aoibheann's Pink Tie' on Magheramore beach near Wicklow, Ireland, June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne TEMPLATE OUT

The group swim on a secluded beach 50km south of Dublin, was all in aid to raise funds for a children’s cancer charity (Picture: Reuters)

Participants dressed as nuns laugh on the beach after they joined 2505 women to break a Guinness World record for the largest number of people skinny dipping together and at the same time raising money for the children's cancer charity 'Aoibheann's Pink Tie' on Magheramore beach near Wicklow, Ireland, June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne TEMPLATE OUT

A group of women dresses (or undressed) as nuns laugh as they enjoy the atmosphere (Picture: Reuters)

2505 women break a Guinness World record for the largest number of people skinny dipping together and at the same time raising money for the children's cancer charity 'Aoibheann's Pink Tie' on Magheramore beach near Wicklow, Ireland, June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne TEMPLATE OUT

This year the money raised will go to Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, a children’s cancer charity (Picture: Reuters)

Participants lie out in the sun before taking part among 2505 women break a Guinness World record for the largest number of people skinny dipping together and at the same time raising money for the children's cancer charity 'Aoibheann's Pink Tie' on Magheramore beach near Wicklow, Ireland, June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne TEMPLATE OUT

The previous record was set in Western Australia in 2015 when 786 participants swam naked to promote a positive body image (Picture: Reuters)

‘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 17 this year. We did it in her memory,’ said Betson.

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

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

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

Source: http://metro.co.uk/2018/06/10/women-break-guinness-world-record-for-worlds-largest-skinny-dip-7619246

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