In deference to the All Blacks v England second test in
Dunedin today, the annual midwinter swim at St Clair Beach
tomorrow has a theme.
''We want people to dress in a Union Jack to support the Poms
or in black to support the All Blacks. That can be face
paint, anything in black or with a Union Jack, a nun's habit,
the suit you wear to the office, or your Union Jack undies,''
said Antony Mason, the polar plunge organiser and former
chairman and life member of the St Clair Surf Lifesaving
Club, which is organising the annual event with More FM.
''England rugby supporters are particularly welcome. It's a
day to have a bit of fun.''
The theme had attracted much interest on the club's Facebook
page, with more than 1000 saying they would be in for a
chilly dip, he said.
Dunedin's winter solstice, the shortest day of the year,
falls on Saturday, June 21, but this year will be celebrated
at St Clair Beach tomorrow, a week early, because of the
On Otago's shortest day of the year next week, the sun will
rise at 8.20am and set at 4.59pm.
Officially, the day is eight hours, 39 minutes and four
Predicting how many would turn up was an impossible task but,
strangely, the worse the weather, usually the bigger the
crowd, Mr Mason said.
The polar plunge is at noon tomorrow and people should plan
to be there by at least 11.45am to avoid missing out, he
- Ian Stuart.