The record for the world’s Largest skinny dipping has been achieved by 2,505 women who have attended a ‘Strip and Dip’ event on Meaghermore beach in Wicklow, Ireland.
They broke the record previously held by The Fig Group (Australia), who had 786 people take part in their event at South Beach in Perth, Australia, in 2015.
More than €160,000 was raised by the women, who hailed from every single county in Ireland as well as 22 other countries.
The event was organised by Deirdre Featherstone, a cancer survivor who created the ‘Strip and Dip’ event and has been running it for the past six years.
Deirdre Featherstone was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and decided after her mastectomy to start raising money for children suffering from cancer and their families.
Earning the Largest skinny dipping record has shown just how much Deirdre’s event has grown since the beginning.
In its first year, the ‘Strip and Dip’ had just 80 women participating, and now has over 30 times that amount in its sixth year.
Michelle Neary, a women who participated in the event, shared on Facebook how much it meant to her.
The events have raised €313,000 to date for charity Aoibheann’s Pink Tie.
Aoibheann’s Pink Tie provides practical and financial support within Ireland to children suffering from cancer and their families.
Most of the women participating have had someone close to them affected by cancer, or are themselves cancer survivors.
The ladies stayed submerged in the water for a chilly five minutes before seeking sanctuary in their beach towels.
Adjudicator Lucia Sinigagliesi remarked on the great atmosphere of the event and the dedication of the women involved.
“The women came in great spirit, all with wigs and colourful head outfits. It was fantastic!”
All photos by Karen Wade, Ourphotographer.ie.