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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Fancy a Dip?

The New Years Day North Sea plunge is not so much for the faint hearted, rather more than for the insane. Would you just look at those little Lemmings lining up?



It's an annual event come wind, hail or snow, and there never seems to be any shortage of takers. Held in Castletown, the quest is to swim 20 yards from land to the harbour wall and back again.



Personally, I rather fail to see the point myself, but I guess aside from raising money for charity, it, um, well..



Does have a cetain allure as a spectator sport (Eeeeeeeeek)!!

25 comments:

Les Becker said...

Nuts. You're all right nuts.

The Future Was Yesterday said...

New years day seems to instigate insanity world wide. The Midwestern U.S. has a similar event on New Years Day. Lake Michigan's temp, even in the summer, is well below sixty, because the lake is so deep.

CHEWY said...

Hunky Frozen Nuts... Serve him up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (Did I just say that?)

Fletch said...

Aaaarghhhh!

Here's a quote from Rita Mae Brown:

"The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four people is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you!"

Makes you sit back and take stock ...

Fireblossom said...

Shrinky! You hussy.

Those people are completely insane. One thing I refuse to be if I don't have to, is cold.

Mmm said...

I used to always marvel at this! I still think they are absolute nutters but hey, it takes all sorts...just not me... in there... never!!

BTW, of course I know where the Isle of Mann is. Didn't realise you were there!

SJ said...

I see Micheal Phelps in that group.

~Babs said...

I promise, you'll be sorry if you click and enlarge,,,,,
I always did hate that color speedo!


(choking on Chewy's frozen nuts,,,you DID,,,I heard you!)

Leslie: said...

We have the annual Polar Bear Swim but I'd NEVER participate in it. GAWD, it's bad enough to go public in a bathing suit when tanned, let alone beached whale white! LOL But the spectator part of it DOES look rather nice1 lol

i beati said...

oh my Shrinky that last photo woke me right up !!sandy

Shrinky said...

Les, nuts? 'Tis a requirement for residency here on Craggy island!

Dan, it's reassuring to know there are fools evenly dispersed throughout the globe. Smile.

OMG Chewy, you've just made me scream out loud! Reminds me of a vanilla ice cream shampoo - laughing..

Hey Fletch, thank God then all my mates are certifiable (smug grin).

Oh, I am so with you Shay!

Mmm, Craggy Island is a fictional place used to set the "Father Ted" series in, and I am almost certain this was the isle that inspired it..

sj, wouldn't be at all surprised hon, some of these guys take their sport very seriously indeed.

Babs,(giggling) you naughty girly, you! C'mon, cut the poor guy some slack here, he's just emerged from sub-zero water..

Hi Leslie, that sounds an appropriately named swim! But yeah, it's worth going down for the sights (wink).

Hahaha, yes Sandy, it had a similar effect on me too! (Laughing)

Suldog said...

Insane people can swim anywhere they want to, I suppose.

Here in Boston we have the annual L Street Brownies dip in Dorchester Bay. MY WIFE threatens to do it every year, but never has thus far. The year she does is the year I have her committed.

Shrinky said...

Now there's a thought Jim - YOU being the one to commit your WIFE -I reckon she has earned herself many's a get-out-of-the-asylum free cards down the years with you??

Akelamalu said...

Got to be slightly mad to do that methinks! :0

*Goddess* said...

That is a great view...of his abs. And thanks for writing this post on his abs;)

Shrinky said...

Goddess, it was my pleasure entirely, believe me..

Yes Akelamalu, it beyond me what they get out of it, but I guess it takes all sorts, huh?

Not a Granny said...

Umm...no, sorry, not doing it. I live in Florida for a reason....ugh! I'm freezing just looking at the pictures.

I did spew coffee across my screen reading Chewy's comment..."Hunky Frozen Nuts" Love it!!

Shrinky said...

Aw, Not a Granny, so I take it you won't have me put your name down for next year then? Sheesh, what a kill-joy!

Ah that Chewy - such a hussy she is (giggle)..

~kat said...

I'd rather set myself on fire! LOL

Jay said...

Haha! Yeah, well ...

In my mis-spent youth, some friends and I decided on a dawn swim, at Easter, also in the North Sea. Two brave souls made it to the water's edge where they got toes wet before running shrieking back to their clothing, and the rest made it partway down the beach. I think I got about ten yards.

That sand was so cold it was painful to walk on!

Catmoves said...

I say leave 'em alone. After all, it is not easy to be eccentric in this day and age.

Hilary said...

Brrr. My niece does the Polar Bear Dip each New Year's Day in Lake Erie. She's actually a nice, normal teen.. with more guts than sense. And a kind heart as she does earn for charity.

Babooshka said...

They really are mad. You wouldn't cath me doing this anyway.

CJ said...

I'm freezing just looking at this.

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