Towel shortage bums out naked swimmers

WHO'S got a towel they can lend?

That was the catch cry as over 1,000 brave, naked souls greeted the winter solstice by charging into the chilly waters off Hobart's Sandy Bay this morning.

Despite temperatures dropping all the way down to four degrees, swimmers, wearing nothing but red caps, gleefully sprinted into the water at around 7:45am for one of the closing events of the annual Dark Mofo festival.

However, a clean, and more importantly warm, getaway from the water was hard to come by with officials reportedly caught out by the level of participation and hadn't catered enough towels for everybody!

Kirsha Kaechele, wife of Dark Mofo boss David Walsh, blamed the shortage on the majority of registered swimmers actually showing up and getting their kit off.

"We've had over a thousand swimmers out there," Ms Kaechele, herself a victim of the shortage, told the ABC. "We thought we'd get the drop off because it's a Wednesday and it's cold!

"Next year we're going to double our towels."

A thousand, freezing, naked swimmers are really hoping she lives up to her word.


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