Three hundred people took the plunge at 2017 Lobster Dip at The Brunswick on Old Orchard Beach, raising more than $121,200 for Special Olympics Maine. At an unusually warm air temperature of 40 degrees and at high tide (making for a shorter run from sea to shelter), double dipping was the thing to do. #lobsterdip2017
Sisters Kathleen and Betsy Beecher, both of Portland.
To the Brunswick! Merman style.
High noon fell at high tide, which made for a very short "run" for dippers.
With the dip falling on a 40-degree day, dippers were pretty calm about waiting for the start.
That's not to say they dawdled on their way out!
Half the dippers were on their way out while others were still on their way in.
The dip is over in the blink of an eye.
Unless you're a double dipper, like Jen Gagnon of Casco and Kelly MacVane of Westbrook.
Three hundred people dipped at least once.
Each dipper must raise at least $100 for Special Olympics Maine.
The 2017 Lobster Dip raised over $121,200 for Special Olympics Maine.
Kerrie-Lee Lampron, Christie Ladd, Special Olympian Angelica Bennett, Peter Lyons, Karen Lessard and Lisa Bird. Angelica Bennett competes in track events: long jump, shot put, and 100 m.
Mainers... aka superheroes.
Joan Rogers of Portland with her son Gregory Rogers, a dipper who is also a former Special Olympics athlete (and Star Wars fan).
Dippers from The Brunswick, which hosts the after-party brunch, went for a mermaid and merman theme, complete with starfish hanging from beards.
Dippers Kathleen Beecher of Portland and Patrick Lyne of Scarborough.
Jeremy Link (and an Elvis sighting!).
Karen Cleary, Stacie Buzzell, Jen and Lisa Wiley and Angela Sanborn.
Amy Duquesnoy, Dan Chabot, Jonathan Fisk and Eli Mowry on snow-covered Old Orchard Beach.
Portland Rugby Club players Jeremy Hammond and Patrick O'Connell.
Dippers heading into The Brunswick for brunch. In this year's relative warmth, people took their time moving inside.