200 take plunge at Ventnor

By Emily Pearce

Friday, December 27, 2013

 

200 take plunge at Ventnor

Swimmers braving the cold waters at Ventnor. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

THE sun shone on the annual Boxing Day swim at Ventnor, which attracted huge crowds to the seafront.
Around 200 hardy souls, many in fancy dress, plunged into the icy waters to raise money for Isle of Wight cancer charity PATCH.
It was the 32nd annual swim.

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by phil cooper

27th December 2013, at 20:25:35

Hardy souls, Yes; but icy water, NO. Sea temperatures today were around 11.5C, about a couple of degrees warmer than air temperature. This is the reason it's safe to go in for a short swim. If it was indeed icy, then this would be a dangerous and risky activity.

So well done all of you (and sorry to be pedantic, but accurate reporting is a disappearing skill today).

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by Mike Crowe

27th December 2013, at 19:52:58

Walnuts? That big eh? Mmmmm Shriveled dried peas in my case.

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by steve cummings

27th December 2013, at 18:41:49

Various sensitive bits of me have shrunk to the size of walnuts just thinking about this! But well done to all who took part. :>)

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by Susannah Thornton

27th December 2013, at 15:32:08

Well done you brave people for taking part and raising money for charity.

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by David Blackford

27th December 2013, at 14:21:45

Was the health and safety man there to give them a drop of brandy afterwards

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by Colin Russell

27th December 2013, at 12:33:20

Must be mad

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