Westport Islanders Splash into the New Year

Taking the Penguin Plunge into Linekin Bay

Westport Islanders Edward and Lydia Kitfield have celebrated New Year’s Day since the early 2000’s by participating in the Boothbay Region YMCA’s Penguin Plunge. The chilly New Year’s benefit “plunge” into Linekin Bay from the public boat ramp on Murray Hill Road benefits the YMCA’s swimming program for second graders.

Lydia said that she and her husband were once part of a medical team on an excursion to Antarctica. They visited Deception Island which is home to a volcano and several crater bays. Lydia and Edward swam on Deception Island, and figured if they could swim in Antarctica, why not Maine. The two also take “dips” into the frigid waters of Montsweag Bay near their home from time to time… Wow!

May we all have the spirit and sense of adventure in 2017 shared by the Kitfields on this beautiful New Year’s Day!

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Posted on January 1, 2017, in Celebrations, People and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Lydia Kitfield

    I like the picture of us coming out of the water holding hands! We were in Antartica in 2000, so we probably started the penguin Dip in 2001 . This was the best one yet, except 4 years ago when our then 3 year old grandaughter came with us, and went in the water with her father 3 times!

  2. Lydia Kitfield

    Deception Island is an old broken volcano crater that the sea flows into, and still hot deep in the ground. No lakes are there.

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