The Sydney Skinny
was the first of its kind, and organizers are planning on holding many more.
Held at Cobblers Beach, Middle Head, Sydney Harbour National Park, Australia, organizers claim that the event has raised as much as $15,000 for an upgrade project. On their website, they say:
"The Sydney Skinny has chosen this location so that we can help develop the beautiful Middle Head through raising money for a walkway project. The Sydney Skinny will be a fully ticketed event as we aim to help Middle Head achieve their goal of building a walkway and completing their upgrade project."
According to the local media, participants were lined up at 8 am on Sunday to start the 900-meter swim in Sydney's Middle Harbour.
Organizer Nigel Marsh told Fairfax Media that it was not actually an event for nudists. He said it was a chance for people who wouldn't normally do this sort of thing to try something different.
Marsh told the Sydney Morning Herald
that, ''There was an 89-year-old bloke, someone flew in from overseas, there were four paraplegics, a double amputee, there were fat people, thin people, young and old."
Marsh is planning on making the Sydney Skinny an annual event. ''It was just joyous,'' he said, ''I am floating on cloud nine. It is probably one of the nicest days of my life.''
One entrant, who preferred to remain anonymous, said that the event was lovely, warm, sunny and relaxed. "I don't think anyone was embarrassed," he said. "I think people just enjoyed the naturalness of the occasion."
was declared a success, as it raised $15,000 for the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.
''We will definitely be back next year,'' Marsh said, but with thousands and thousands of people."