THOUSANDS turned out to see Bermagui Blue Balls winter swimming club members plunge into Horseshoe Bay on New Year’s Day.
The arrival of the George Bass Surf Boat Classic was purely a coincidence!
Blue Ball members were nervous about venturing into such warm waters and were comforted by the donation from Bermagui Bait & Tackle of a bag of ice.
Each member felt at home as he shoved a hand full of ice blocks down the front of his budgie smugglers before entering the sea.
Memories of the infamous 13-degree August swim came flowing back.
As usual the club song was bellowed out over a hair of the dog at Bermagui Beach Hotel to welcome in the New Year.
The next swim will be the season launch on Mother’s Day in May.