Tenby Boxing Day Swim 2014
Hundreds of barmy bathers brought a ray of sunshine to a cold and wet Boxing Day by taking part in Tenby’s annual festive dip.
With the fancy dress theme of Pirates and Princesses, they took to the waves in right royal style to entertain the crowds on and around Tenby’s North Beach.
The legendary event, now in its 44th year, is organised by the Tenby Sea Swimming Association (TSSA) prides itself on always going ahead, whatever the weather.
This morning’s air temperature was a chilly 6 degrees, but according to coastguards the water was 11 degrees – although a number of the shivering swimmers could be forgiven for disbelieving that!
The swim was preceded by the crazy Daitanic raft race round Goscar Rock, held in memory of Dai Rees of Saundersfoot, who loved taking part in the event.
And appropriately the challenge was won by his brothers, Adam and Richard, who came home at the head of the eight-craft fleet.
Their mum, Tina, confessed she felt ’emotional and proud’ watching the silly spectacle, which saw most of the rafts fall to bits.
“It just shows how good Dai was at building rafts!” she said.
Thousands of pounds for charity are expected to be raised by the swim, and this year’s good causes nominated by the TSSA are St John Cymru, the Harriet Davis Trust and Splash Out 2015.
Said TSSA chairman Chris Osborne: “It was wet and cold and that was just for the spectators!
“There was little doubt that the weather conditions impacted upon the turnout of swimmers and spectators, but there were still some 400-odd swimmers, many in fancy dress, to contribute to yet another demonstration of seasonal lunacy.
“The PA, the bonfire and the Lions hot soup just get better every year, and the smiling mayor of Tenby, Sue Lane, with her mace-bearers and Councillor Wynne Evans, the vice-chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, did their very best to send each swimmer off with a medal and a warm congratulation.
Councillor Lane said: “It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable morning and a pleasure to see so many people turning up and in such wonderful costumes.”
Tenby’s famous boxing day swim has chosen three charities for the brave bathers to dive in and support this Christmas.
Don’t forget, Swimmers can also collect for their own charities & good causes.
To download a sponsor form, visit our sponsor form page.
Boxing Day Raft Race in memory of Dai Rees
For more information and to make donations to The Dai Rees Foundation/Life Support Nepal, go to gofundme.com/dairees
Tenby Boxing Day Swim started in 1970 and has snowballed into Tenby’s main Christmas attraction. With around 600 swimmers and thousands of onlookers each year, this fantastic spectacle is not to be missed. With everyone swimming for charity, Boxing Day in Tenby is a surefire way to carry on the fun at Christmas. A roaring bonfire greets the emerging swimmers and everyone of them receives a medal for their bravery. As the swim goes from strength to strength each year, the event grows with canoes, raft racing and much more before the great immersion at 11.30am. Come and meet your friends on the North Beach this Boxing Day, give generously to the local charities and enjoy all the fun of the beach.