Hundreds strip off for the second annual Sydney Skinny

Brave folk gather in the nude for the second annual Sydney Skinny to promote body image.
Brave folk gather in the nude for the second annual Sydney Skinny to promote body image. William West

HUNDREDS of people stripped off on Sunday to take part in the second annual Sydney Skinny in an attempt to break the world record for the largest nude ocean swim.

Over 700 people took part in last year's inaugural swim, which aims to promote a positive body image.

Held at Cobblers Beach, Middle Head, in Sydney Harbour National Park, the event sees participants swimming 900m amid the waters of Middle Head. There is also a 300m nudie novice swim.

As well as promoting "greater self-acceptance", the ticketed event also raises money for Australia's National Parks and Wildlife Projects.

Starting at 9am, participants set off in quarter-hourly waves, before celebrating their achievements in the site's festival area.

Creator Nigel Marsh said that people use the Sydney Skinny "to throw aside concerns of body image, to connect with nature and celebrate living with more courage and kindness".

Writing on the event's Facebook page after the swim, Andrew Gee said: "Did everyone enjoy today? Was such a great event. Thank you to all those who took time to organise it - see you next year!"

And Karuna Elliot added: "Such an amazingly fun and well organised event. Thank you to all behind the scenes and those making it smooth today.

"MoMo and I had a REALLY enjoyable swim and fun nudie festivities. We are looking forward to next year already."

Topics:  editors picks national parks and wildlife nude world record

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Taking a national stand

NO WAY: Students from Year 8 created 'No Way' bullying posters to show bullying has no place at Emerald State High school.

Local high school raises awareness against bullying.

Inland Port announced

ECONOMIC BOOST: Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd makes the funding announcement at the Central Highlands Development Corporation's Economic Futures Forum on Monday.

Ken O'Dowd announced federal funding for two major projects.

Council legal battle win

Court, Justice, Law, Courthouse, Brisbane Supreme Court, Queensland Court of Appeal, Brisbane District Court (File)

Local council allowed to appeal $852k damages for error.

Local Partners