Midwinter madness takes dip

Warren Duncan braved the cold water at Friendly Bay yesterday to take part in Oamaru's annual...
Warren Duncan braved the cold water at Friendly Bay yesterday to take part in Oamaru's annual midwinter swim. Photo by Sally Rae.
About 50 hardy swimmers braved the waters of Friendly Bay at Oamaru Harbour yesterday, for the annual Port FM Local midwinter swim.

The weather was mild, although it could hardly be described as balmy.

One entrant described the water as "freezing".

There was a variety of innovative costumes - including Santa Claus - although the more sensible opted for wetsuits rather than bathing suits.

Money raised went to the Oamaru Rowing Club.

• In Wanaka, the midwinter action was on the water, rather than in it, as several water-skiers and wakeboarders marked the shortest day with an icy circuit on the glassy lake behind a fast boat.

A large group of local residents gathered on the shores of Lake Wanaka to watch the fun.

The event has become something of a Wanaka tradition to celebrate the shortest day of the year and has grown into a popular outing down through the years, for residents and visitors alike.

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