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Tue, 23 Jun, 2015

Hundreds of nude swimmers celebrate winter solstice with a dip in river

Hundreds of nude swimmers celebrate winter solstice with a dip in river

To celebrate the winter solstice, hundreds of nude swimmers took a dip in the cold Tasmanian waters, temperatures and wandering eyes be damned.

Seven-hundred-and-sixty-two skinny dippers bared all in the Hobart's River Derwentto for the event took place on the 10th and final day of the Museum of Old and New Art’s Dark Mofo festival. The third time the swim has taken place, participation has more than tripled since its first run when just 230 swimmers disrobed.

Disregarding the morning’s frigid temperature of 1°C and a water temperature of 11°C, the swimmers wore only caps baring the phrase, “Crack of Dawn” in celebration of the shortest day of the year.

Participator Ben Coxen summed the event up nicely following his dip below Mount Wellington, stating, “It’s a good chance to get naked.”  

Image Source: Rosie Hastie/MONA

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