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Digby Neck Polar Bear Club: record number at Sandy Cove swim


SANDY COVE, N.S. – A record number of swimmers took the big plunge in Sandy Cove for the 16th annual Digby Neck Polar Bear dip.

A total of 34 dippers jumped in the water of St. Mary’s Bay at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2017, two more than last year.

For the second year in a row the club set a new participation record despite colder temps this year compared to last year. The air was +3ºC this and +4 water this year while last year the air was +4ºC and the +5 water.

Rain early in the morning discouraged some swimmers but the weather was mostly dried up, if still overcast and calm by swim time.

A total of 34 dippers jumped in the water of St. Mary’s Bay at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2017, two more than last year.

For the second year in a row the club set a new participation record despite colder temps this year compared to last year. The air was +3ºC this and +4 water this year while last year the air was +4ºC and the +5 water.

Rain early in the morning discouraged some swimmers but the weather was mostly dried up, if still overcast and calm by swim time.

A last swimmer actually arrived too late for the big group swim but DNPBC president Janet McNeill volunteered to take a second dip and accompanied the last lone swimmer in the water.

Dozens of spectators lined the beach and Hwy 217 in Sandy Cove to watch and photograph the event – or hold towels and warm clothing for the dippers.

Old hands bring their cardboard or tarps to stand on while changing, plus big towels and plush bathrobes prewarmed in the dryer and packed in insulated shopping bags.

Swimmers and neighbours built a large bonfire on the beach.

[Photo and report from record setting 2016]

 [Photos and report from 2014]

[Story and photos from 2012 including the origins of Digby Neck dip]

jriley@digbycourier.ca

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