HARDY souls took the plunge in Greenock to celebrate New Year.

Forty people made a fresh start to 2019 by taking part in the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club's New Year's Day Dip.

Joe Heffernan from the club says the event was the perfect way to mark the dawn of 2019.

He said: "Since 2016 it has been a tradition at the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club of a dip and swim to welcome the new year.

"This year, around 40 dippers and swimmers entered the water for this annual ritual.

"Children and adults participated.

"There were good conditions for the swim with a sunny sky and low winds."

The water temperature was recorded at 8.6 degrees celsius.

Joe added: "Five swimmers swam the 2km from the Boat Club to Madeira Street and back.

"The main hall of the club was open for spectators and participants to have hot drinks and cake.

"There was a large contingent of spectators at the club and along The Esplanade."

Organisers are keen to thank everyone who supported the event including the club's kayakers and photographers Ross Cameron, Ewan Chisholm, Joe Heffernan, Lynn Campbell, Lorraine Young and Martina Franke.

The event is part of a range of open water swimming activities at the club with the swimming season due to start again in mid-April when there is training every Thursday and Friday evening.

The club also offers social activities and other water sports including kayaking, rowing and sailing.

For further information about activities at the club visit www.rwsabc.co.uk