New Year Revellers Brave the Waves
Hornsea Inshore Rescue Charity Swim.
At mid-day, today (01.01.2017), the fifth annual New year’s day charity swim saw 96 brave souls venturing into an unforgiving North Sea. Despite bitterly cold conditions, a substantial number of spectators gathered at the boat compound, South promenade, Hornsea, in support of the participants.
The event, organised by the Hornsea Inshore Rescue to help raise funds, is becoming a New year’s tradition. The swimmers, clad in fancy dress, met at the boat house beforehand. A series of ritual warm-ups, to help prevent cramps, preceded the parade to the shore. Two pipers led the swimmers into the water.
Nina Ray and Val Potts, two volunteers from Hornsea, were at hand with mulled wine to warm the returning swimmers. Free tea and coffee were also provided courtesy of Hornsea Inshore Rescue.
Ian Worsdale, Nina Ray and Val Potts
Organiser Ian Worsdale said, “last year we attracted a crowd of over 2 thousand visitors and today, despite the weather, I am pleased to see such a good turnout.”
Participation was not limited to Hornsea residents, invitation was for ‘anyone brave enough’ to join. Diane Larkin from Ferriby, who came specially as part of her 50th birthday bucket list, commented, ” once you got over that ‘oh my god’, the water was actually fine.”
Jan Cooper travelled from Halifax to take part in the event, she said, ” It was fantastic I did it this year to celebrate the changes I’ve made in my life and cannot recommend it highly enough. So exhilarating, I am still full of endorphins and what a fabulous cause. Well done to the crew who do such a fabulous job.”
Councillor, and professional photographer, Iain Poole added, “Great event, all must be congratulated and I hope it has raised some well deserved funds.”
Hornsea Rescue is an independent Lifeboat set up in 1995. The charity is run completely by volunteers and relies on donations to keep the service active.