New Yorker crosses the pond for Campbeltown loch dip

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An American visiting Kintyre plunged into the Atlantic on New Year’s Day.

His swim was five hours before his wife’s uncle took a ‘pond’ plunge on the opposite side of the ocean.

New Yorker, Gary Gowdie and his wife Jenene spent the festive season visiting his parents who stayed with Wee Toon Sports proprietors Tracy and Archie Millar at Ballygreggan farm, Drumblemble.

‘When Gary heard about Dip for Dosh he was really enthusiastic and keen to take part,’ said Mrs Millar, ‘So I had to stay sober on Hogmanay to be certain of being able to drive him across to North Shore Street the next day.

‘Coincidentally an uncle of Jenene’s was due to swim on the other side of the Atlantic in Brooklyn later the same day and that might have had something to do with Gary’s decision.

‘After the bells, David Nicholson, who was visiting from Greenock, decided he would join Gary so a big family party enjoyed Dip for Dosh for the first time.

‘Although Gary said Campbeltown loch was cold I am sure it was nothing like the east coast of America.

‘Gary’s swim also benefitted Kintyre Seasports project as he made a donation to the funds.’

In Brooklyn on New Year’s Day the air temperature was -7ºC and at night it was down to -14ºC which makes Dip for Dosh, where the temperature was well above freezing, seem positively mild.