Two thousand twelve is here, and it really started with a bang here on Tybee Island! The fireworks on New Year’s Eve sent 2011 out in style, but Tybee’s 2012 got off to a fabulous start with the Tybee Polar Plunge and the island’s attempt to set a new world record- The Largest Gathering of People Wearing Swim Caps!
The Tybee Polar Plunge is a favorite annual event here, and it never disappoints. More participants show up every year, and this year was no exception! Over 2000 people showed up to take the plunge, don a swim cap, do both, or just to stand by and watch the craziness.
“Tybee Island entered the Guinness Book of World Records by staging the largest gathering of people wearing swim caps. The total was 2,049, easily breaking the previous record of 546 set in Osaka, Japan. The event was followed by the annual Tybee Polar Plunge. It was, indeed, a great New Year’s morning at the beach.” ~Connect Savannah on Facebook
The participants donned their caps, along with creative costumes, and a little past noon, everyone ran toward the waves! Check out this video from SavannahNow.com!
The fee to register for participation in the world record attempt and plunge was for a great cause. The funds raised at the Tybee Polar Plunge will go to the continued restoration of the Historic Tybee Post Theater to new glory. According to SavannahNow.com, the new record is unofficial at the moment, but that’s just until Tybee submits documentation to secure official word on the new world record!
Here’s to 2012 starting off with a bang! May your New Year be fun and fabulous…and hopefully, bring you to Tybee Island sometime!