PICTURES: Sun shines on brave New Year dippers at Wembury and Looe
NAVAL officers, deep-sea divers and men in tutus all took to the chilly waters in this years Wembury New Year's Day dip.
Organiser Terry Clarke hailed the clear blue sky for helping raise the number of swimmers and spectators to a ninth-year high.
Mr Clarke, aged 78, said: "It was our best year yet. The weather always makes it. There were hundreds of spectators all along the footpath at Wembury and they packed the beach.
"We easily had at least 200 swimmers. It was really first class and a wonderful spirit."
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The event was laid on to raise money for the Shekinah Mission in Plymouth.
Mr Clarke – who always wears his straw boater and Victorian bathing suit – said: "We had one guy dress in a full old-style diving outfit. Another wore a proper-looking naval outfit with cap and uniform while another man wore a tutu. Lots of people wore Father Christmas hats. The spirit shown is always tremendous."
Across the Tamar, just over 100 people took the plunge in the annual New Year's Day dip at Cawsand. Swimmers dressed as everything from Batman and Robin to a Mexican guitar band.
Dave Rosson, for organisers Torpoint and Rame Peninsula Lions, said: "The weather was absolutely brilliant. The water was chilly but it was clear and bright."
South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray judged the fancy dress costumes.
Mr Rosson said he did not know yet how much money the swimmers had raised.
Meanwhile in Looe, around 200 people took a plunge in chilly water and helped raise £1,000 for the RNLI.
Swimmers were cheered on by hundreds more who lined the Banjo Pier and seafront to watch the spectacle.