THE TWO ‘New Year Dooks’ in the Guide & Gazette area took place as planned in good conditions, if anything about jumping in to the freezing sea on January 1 can be described as ‘good’!
More than 250 people took part in the 127th Ne’er Day Dook at Broughty Ferry, organised by Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association (YAABA).
And at Carnoustie up to 25 hardy souls took advantage of the local rugby club’s organised dook beside their clubhouse at the seafront.
Fancy dress was greatly in evidence, with headgear including Santa hats and even a sombrero. Broughty organisers had produced a commemorative T-shirt which many were wearing, and at Carnoustie there was a tiger, a couple of Santas, and even someone resplendent in an old pair of underpants.
It was estimated that the Broughty event attracted some 2,000 spectators, who were there to cheer on dookers.
They included former Dundee United footballer Dave Bowman, whose tenacity on the field equipped him well for the challenge of the North Sea.
Just to add a bit of controversy, Joyce McIntosh, who has been doing the Broughty dook for 30 years and is YAABA president, commented that she would like to have seen the water a bit colder.
She seemed to be showing nostalgia for the blocks of ice which were in the harbour until very recently, and she appeared quite disappointed by the fact that the sun was shining.
Removing tongue from cheek, Joyce went on to say that the dook would definitely go ahead again next year - “bigger and better!”
Although the Carnoustie dook is on a smaller scale (but growing), it attracted more than 100 spectators, and a collection was taken for the charity Help for Heroes - final total to be announced.
Participants marched from the clubhouse to the boat jetty, ready to take the plunge with the air temperature stuck at about zero degrees.
Two prizes were awarded - Gareth Jones took the trophy for being first to a rugby ball, kicked lovingly far out to sea by the president, Chris Ayres, who, in fairness, also took part in the dook.
There was also a trophy for staying the longest time in the water, and this was won by Linda Morton.
The club’s Stewart Howlett told the Guide & Gazette that the 2 p.m. start was later than hoped, but governed by the tide; however, it was preferable to last year’s 10.30 a.m. - for some, a tad too close to the previous night!
Soup and refreshments were available afterwards in the clubhouse.
Organisers thanked Kenny Malcolm for manning the rescue boat. But his services were not required, nor was there any need for the Broughty safety boat to become involved.
To view a gallery of pictures from the Broughty Ferry and Carnoustie New Year dooks click on the link to the right.