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The Inaugural World Naked Sailing Day | Buffalo, NY

It all started with the World Naked Bike Ride, which continues to gain momentum. The annual bike ride led to World Naked Gardening Day, an event that immediately appealed to Buffalonians (see why). It soon became apparent that the idea of being outside and naked was something that gravitated to Buffalonians. It was after conducting a photo shoot for World Naked Gardening Day that a couple of people at BRO started joking around, asking what other “naked days” were out there. Someone suggested that naked sailing must be a popular activity, so we conducted a search for “World Naked Sailing Day”, in order to tune people into the idea of being naked while out on the water, along with the rest of the world.

(c) Photography by Nico, model Dakota Darling

Lo and behold, there was no “World Naked Sailing Day”, which we thought was incredible. Yes, the idea of naked sailing takes bareboating to an entirely different level. We were also readily aware that people were sailing nude all over the world, but there was no day dedicated to the nudist activity. That’s when we decided that we would launch the first World Naked Sailing Day (WNSD), right here in Buffalo.

In order to get WNSD off the ground, we needed to rent a sailboat. I called Captain Bill Zimmermann, who runs Seven Seas Sailing. Captain Bill loved the idea. He told me that he would enlist a couple of his fellow captains, who would gladly accommodate the nude crew. Time was of the essence because we wanted to get out on the water before the official WNSD arrived. We decided that August 1 would be the perfect day for WNSD due to the numbers in the day. August is represented by the number 8, signifying a woman’s breasts. And the 1 signified a guy’s bishop. Moving forward, August 1 will always be know as World Naked Sailing Day, which, my friends, is tomorrow.

It is interesting to note that leading up to taking the nude crew out for a sail, we were astounded by the sheer number of people who wanted to strip down and sail. It turned out the we needed two boats! Not only that, but people have been coming out of the woodwork inquiring about signing up for future nude sails, which means that we might be onto something more enticing than we ever could have imagined.

What we do know, is that there were a lot of boats circling around is for the better part of the day on Sunday. A lot of people were enjoying the action – strictly sailing of course, and no motor boating. Although we will probably open the doors to anyone that wants to get out on the water in their birthdays suits in years to come. Heck, what’s the harm in getting out on the water and catching some refreshing wind and healthy sunshine, while nude?

Ok, Buffalo, and the world, it’s time to get out on the water, to experience World Naked Sailing Day – a day dedicated to being au naturel. Plus, just like the World Naked Bike Ride (anti oil), we also have a cause. We want the day of nude sailing to raise awareness of the importance of clean air and clean water. Now that’s something that we can all get behind.

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Thanks to our 2017 World Naked Sailing Day partners, Seven Seas Sailing, Photography By Nico, Primrose Path Boutique, and Skin by Amber, as well as to our Captains and models, Amber, Dakota, and Jonathan.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • Michael DiPasquale

    Please tell me this is a joke. At least that’s what it reads like: “Captain Bill loved the idea”. Really?

    Not sure where this fascination with “naked” events comes from….but BR might benefit from more time spent on more traditional news such as what’s going on with AM&A’s.

    • Chad Johnson

      I’ll second that

    • PaulBuffalo

      So, it’s walk or chew gum? I think this site is capable of doing both.

  • eagercolin

    I predict a creepy comment by OFW, and then that almost nobody who participates in this event actually gets naked.

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  • Marc Rebmann

    The naked bike ride is a protest to raise awareness about several issues. This article throws 2 sentences at the end of it and says “us too!”. If they really do care about the issues they profess, this article does not advance the causes one bit.

  • robert biniszkiewicz

    We live in a strange society, where millions of years of evolution have resulted in all people being clothed in almost all circumstances nearly all the time. These occasional nudist activities are a welcome respite from that, imo. Not that I’m going to participate (I have no interest being among mostly dudes sans clothing).

    After college, 30 years ago, I was in Munich. There was a river where people were going naked. Hot day, i was eager to check it out. When I got to the spot it was surprising: thousands (literally thousands) of naked people swimming, sunning, hanging out. Grandparents, little kids, everybody in between. When in Rome . . . as soon as I ditched my clothes, my whole perspective changed. It wasn’t sexy, but it was very good. Primal. Like it must have been from time immemorial. It felt so natural and so right. Not sexy, just wholesome and connected to the environment.

    We’re more uptight about clothing that even some Victorians. Was watching a documentary about the Czar’s family, just before the revolution. Family gathering, dozens of guests from all over Europe, fancy clothing, fancy picnic, etc. Then it’s time for a swim. Some of the earliest film I’ve ever seen shows everybody (including Czar and kids) naked as jaybirds, diving into the water from the dock.

    It would be better for us if we weren’t so constantly uptight about nudity, imo.

    Good for you, Newell, and good for Buffalo. Keep on keeping on.

    • PaulBuffalo

      Agreed. I’ve been on nude beaches and I’ll continue to take the opportunity. It is a primal experience; something I didn’t expect when I first tried it.

      It’s odd that nudity is still frowned upon among some on this site but objectifying woman is an active sport. Priorities are upside-down.

    • Michael DiPasquale

      I agree. It’s nice to go swimming without clothes. But the article is not about swimming, beaches, skinny dipping or any of the other things you’re talking about.

      In my opinion we’re watching a bush league prank, with (mostly) attractive models strutting their stuff on a sail boat while a bunch of middle age townies with clothes on stand by and gawk. Not exactly progressive.

    • BlackRockLifer

      My father told me that back in the 1930’s the immigrants from Europe would often skinny dip on the beach at Unity Island. As in your experience the entire family took part and they would have bread and wine for all including the kids.

  • BuildBuffalo

    We have a lot of naked events here… geez

    • Eddie Parker

      Niagara Naturists is an AANR (American Association for Nude Recreation) club in the Buffalo area. We sponsor private nude event in the area. We also have clothed meet and greet dinners at a local restaurant to meet prospective members and plan events.

  • mightyNiagara

    ha. really looks like only one? maybe two boats were involved in this?
    seriously though, when people go out on boats, they tend to be preeeeetty much naked anyway.
    really, it’s a very stupid concept.

  • What’s up with all these nude fests?
    I’m not for or against it, but just seems a little odd… why not an inaugural nude beach day or nude driving-to-work day?

  • Flyguy2pt0

    Might be time to consider a lakeside nude beach and beach-side resort. Honestly think would be an economic positive for the area.

  • bburbs

    Couple of conditions: 1) Ixnay on the tattoos, ladies 2) Men, remember shrinkage; 3) all women heavy metal boat. (Sorry for the sexist comments) ,