What better way to welcome in the New Year than a dip in the icy cold waters at Saundersfoot. the 31st annual Saundersfoot New Year's Day Swim attracted 1521 fancy-dressed swimmers and a crowd of 8000 who flocked to the village to join the festivities.


X-Factor finalist and proud Saundersfoot-boy Jay James (pictured left with swim mascot Charlie Shivers) was on hand to start the swim for the second year in a row. There was also a mascot race, made up of well-known local mascots, prior to the main event with Danny Dog of Heatherton Country Sports Park lifting the prestigious Superfast Cymru Trophy! Also, Sharon Lloyd was on hand to ensure the swimmers were warmed up during the rendition of ‘Rockin All Over The World’. Not forgetting Benny Bond who provided the commentary for the whole event



Pictured above are Chris Williams and John Joseph, the only two swimmers to have taken part in all 31 Saundersfoot New Year swims. Well done boys !

The swimmers were sent on their way to the waves with a firework launch, courtesy of Westcoast Fireworks.



Medals were handed out by Mr & Mrs Peter Williams and Saundersfoot Community Council. Safety coverage was provided by St. Johns Ambulance. HM Coastguard, RNLI Lifeguards, Pembroke Paddlers and Tenby Fire Service.



Photographs of the swim can be obtained from Gareth Davies Photography, Tel: 07836 334436.



Don’t forget our swim mascot Charlie Shivers has his own Facebook page with all the latest information and news, as well as Twitter @CharlieShivers.


Fancy dress results Individual category


1ST – Max Badham, dressed as an Army Colonel, collecting for local charities.


2nd – Mick Booth, dressed as ‘Flanders Fields’, collecting for Tenby Junior Rugby


3rd – Nigel Williams, dressed as World War 1 ‘Biggles’ Pilot, collecting already at £1000 for Cancer Research.


Fancy dress results Group category


1st – Malin House Collective, dressed as the ‘Wrong Brothers’ complete with Plane!, collecting for Saundersfoot Football Club.


2nd – The Rees Family & Friends, dressed as ‘The Whelks’, collecting in the memory of Dai Rees.

Charlie would like to say a big thank you to all who dressed up for the swim and helped to make it such a bright and colourful event yet again - hope to see you again next year at the 2016 swim!

2015 Swim Commercial Sponsors:


Powells Cottage Holidays, N.D. Toy & Partners Independent Financial Advisors & Mortgage Brokers, Superfast Cymru, Sunnyvale Holiday Park, Tees R Us, Tojaz of Saundersfoot, Princes Gate Spring Water, Elston Construction, Folly Farm, Silcox Coaches, Sue’s Pantry, Saundersfoot Pleasure Boats, Wogan Guest House, Tenby Glass and Neil Finlay Cars.





2015 NYDS raises over £40,500


The Presentation Evening for the 2015 Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim was held at the St Brides Spa Hotel on Wednesday, 13th May. Saundersfoot Festivities thanked all swimmers, commercial sponsors and helpers for contributing to the magnificent £40,644 raised by the Swim. The money raised by the swimmers benefited over 50 charitable and worthy causes. The generosity of the commercial sponsors ensured that every penny raised was donated to charity.

Among the recipients were a number of charities that received at least £1000. They included the RNLI, Velindre Hospital, Rudy’s Trust & the Daniel Bridle Bone Cancer Charity. The highest cheque of £3,800 was presented to ‘Rory’s Fund’.


Main guests at the Presentation were Nicola Hirst (Powell’s Cottage Holidays – Main Sponsor) and Cllr Phil Baker and (Saundersfoot Community Council). The guests helped to present the numerous certificates, awards and cheques.


Winner of the Betty Duncan Cup for the highest sponsored swimmer was Ken Bromley who with his team raised a fantastic £1,400 towards HOPE.


Best group fancy dress winners were The Malin House Hotel for their tremendous World War fighter plane & pilots!


During the presentation Martyn Williams took time to thank everybody who was involved in making the 31st swim the event that it was, namely all the emergency services, safety personnel, stewards, bucket collectors and sponsors.



Saundersfoot Festivities would like to thank St Brides Spa Hotel for their hospitality and continued support.


In the 31 year history of this event, it has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds.


Plans are well under way for the 2016 NYDS.


For further information about the 2016 swim please keep an eye out on this website or follow Charlie Shivers on Facebook and Twitter.


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2015 swim & presentation

2015 swim & presentation