Winter swimmers in their element
Cold- water swimming enthusiasts, brave and hardy souls and those seeking to test their threshold for the cold will once again line up on the Picton foreshore for the More FM MidWinter Swim on Saturday.
The annual event attracts a large crowd of swimmers of all ages, who take the plunge into the freezing Marlborough Sounds water on the second-shortest day of the year.
In 2013 nearly 400 people took part, cheered on by their less coldresistant supporters.
The event is free to enter, and there are a huge number of spot prizes up for grabs, including the main prize of a high-wall Toshiba heat pump from Cuddon Air Conditioning, installed into a Marlborough home.
Leading the swim this year will be More FM presenter Natasha Knox, who lost a time challenge at Stadium 2000 yesterday morning against her colleagues.
The event will double as a fundraiser for Picton Primary School, who will be selling hot food on the day.
The Rarangi Surf Life Savers and St John’s Ambulance will also be on site to ensure everyone’s safety, while Brancott Estate will supply hot water to be sprayed by the Blenheim Rural Fire Service for swimmers after their dip in the sea. Dressing up is encouraged. The event has been held in much the same format since 1972, and has become something of an institution in Marlborough.
Registration start at noon and will close five minutes before the Melting point: Snowmen Savannah Saunders, left, Alice Regan and Braydon Pettigrew warm up after the More FM Mid-Winter Swim at Shelly Beach last year. start of the swim at 1pm sharp, followed by the prize-giving.
If the weather has been wet in the days running up to the swim it will move to Shelly Beach just around the corner.