Midwinter dip

IT was absolutely freezing this morning when 15 of the hardiest people – young and old,  male and female – congregated at Kelly’s Beach to welcome the sun as it rose, and greeted the new day with a triumphant roar as they rushed into the icy water.

It was the annual Midwinter solstice, the longest night and, from now on, the evenings will stay brighter longer, and the sun will rise earlier. That is, until December 21, the midsummer solstice when the trend reverses. The opposite is true in the Northern Hemisphere.

But the swimmers on the beach this morning cared nothing about that. To them, the thrill of jumping into the water as the sun peeked over the horizon elicited screams of joy (or of pain) as they braved the Indian Ocean.

This reporter required blankets and a hot water bottle just watching them…

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