Women break Guinness World Record for largest skinny dip

2,505 women affected by cancer skinny dip at Meaghermore beach

 

More than 2000 women have set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s largest skinny dip at a beach in Co Wicklow.

Held in Meaghermore beach, 2,505 women took part in the event breaking the record set by 786 participants in Perth, Australia in 2015.

Now in its sixth year, the Strip and Dip was organised by Dee Featherstone who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 and decided to schedule a charity skinny dip on a Co Wicklow beach six weeks after her mastectomy.

“I contacted some friends and family . . . and told them, ‘I only have one boob and I’m bald, so what’s your excuse?’ Sixty of us did the first one, and last year’s event grew to 200 women.”

The annual event is open to women cancer patients and survivors, and to women who have been otherwise affected by cancer.

“It’s basically giving a big ‘feck you’ to cancer. For those who have cancer, they’re taking ownership of their bodies again,” Ms Featherstone said before the event.

“ A lot of women said that the experience really changed their lives. One woman told me that her husband hadn’t seen her naked in years. After the skinny dip she just walks around the house naked now.”

To date the charity has raised €153,000 for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, a children’s cancer charity.