Groups Across North America Seek To Break Own 2010 Record

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Nudist clubs across North America – including the Tri-State Area – were taking to the water en masse Saturday for an attempt at a world record.

The World Record Skinny Dip across North America began at 1 p.m. “local nudist time” nationwide, according to an report. The American Association for Nude Recreation was hoping to break a world record they set in 2010 for the greatest number of naked people in the water at one time.

At least 96 groups from 31 states, and Mexico and Canada, were to participate, the newspaper reported.

In New York State, the Empire Haven group in upstate Moravia and the Juniper Woods group in Catskill were to participate. In New Jersey, the Rock Lodge club in Stockholm and Sky Farm in Basking Ridge were participating.

No Connecticut groups were listed as participants.

“Skinny dipping is fun, and this adds an element of being kind of silly and additional fun, just to say, ‘Hey, we’re trying to break this record,” said one participant from the Rock Lodge Club, Mr. Sandy.

After the event, each nudist group was to tally the number of participants, submit the total, and find out eventually if a new record was set, Mr. Sandy said.

He added that he realizes some people may look askance at the idea of nude recreation, but to him, they are the ones with the issue.

“We know some people think it’s a stigma. These are people who are really hung up about their own bodies. They think they’re something really special,” he said. “When you think about it, it’s pretty ridiculous to wear clothes if you’re going swimming.”

Under contest rules, all participants were required to be completely nude, the newspaper reported.

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