Sydney is hoping to break a new world record on Sunday as more than 2,000 swimmers plan to take part in a nude swim in the harbor.
It will take more than 2,505 people to undress to break the Sydney Skinny World Record, which will be set at Cobblers Beach in Mosman, a record set in Ireland in 2018.
Sunday marked the return of the event after three years due to Covid restrictions, and event organizers are optimistic after a recent international art installation that saw over 2,500 people stripped naked. Bondi in the name of art.
“After a three-year hiatus, as well as the 10th anniversary of the event, we think we can break some records this year and prove to the world just how vibrant and vibrant Sydney can be,” Nigel Marsh, founder of Sydney Skinny, said.
“Let’s be clear – this is a ticketed, spectatorless event in a secluded national park where everyone is dressed on dry land and covered in water or a sarong when naked,” Marsh said.
“If you’ve ever been afraid to do something so daring – you’ll be taken care of – and you’ll have a great time.”
“In a recent installation of Spencer Tunick nude, over 2,500 people stripped down for a photo – and all of these people will be invited to take part in our fun 300-meter swim in the harbor,” Marsh said.
Sydney Skinny is also partnering with Skin Check Champions this year.
Singer-songwriter Casey Burgess, who will compete in the Sydney Skinny, said her loved ones will be in the spotlight as she heads out to cobblers on Sunday.
“Skin cancer has rocked my world countless times,” Burgess said.
“My mom had a very serious melanoma on her leg that required her to make a very deep incision to remove the melanoma, even removing some of the muscle tissue,” she said.
“After that, she underwent 30 precancerous removals.”
Burgess said her father and grandfather were also affected.
Event organizer Tanya Taylor said the Maroubra Surf Life Saving team will be in attendance and watching closely.
Originally published as Sydney Skinny: Naked swim event returns to Cobblers Beach after 10 years