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Thunder, lightning and driving rains churned around the pleasure ship
Sheryll Princess as it set sail on a dinner cruise 11 days ago from the
piers at Sheepshead Bay.
This being a nudist cruise, clothing was optional, but the air-conditioning
cooling the muggy air in the dining room was so powerful, many guests
bundled themselves, at least partly, in sarongs, beach towels and
sweatshirts. Still, enough flesh was exposed among the 30 or so guests,
most in their 40s or 50s, that for nudist purists the event was a success.
"The thrill for me is being naked in a public place," said David Rheingold,
an ample 35-year-old who lives in Downtown Manhattan.
New York Times
Being comfortable with one's own body is important, too.
"When I first started," he said, "I wouldn't eat for a week beforehand.
I'd do sit-ups, get my body waxed. Now I just forget about it."
John Ordover, a 45-year-old editor of science fiction books who lives
in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, has for the past three years arranged events
like dinner parties and museum tours for urban nudists,
but this was his first attempt at nautical nudity.
"We are bombarded with images of perfect people, and we're taught that
if we don't have bodies that look like that, we don't deserve to be
seen naked," said Mr. Ordover, a tall, tomato-shaped man who on this night was
wearing only eyeglasses and a thick brown beard.
In the dining room, a buffet of chicken, beef, string beans and pasta
was served amid banquet tables covered with cloth flowers and
surrounded by towel-lined chairs, a common courtesy when people dine naked.
Afterward, guests headed upstairs to a cash bar that sat in the corner
of an empty dance floor,
where a boom box played classic rock.
As the boat slid past Breezy Point, the bartender, Joe Gagliano,
clearly relished the rare opportunity to work topless.
Wearing gold chains, a faded nautical tattoo and a bottle opener
shoved under his belt, Mr. Gagliano served cold beers and sodas as he
pontificated on the life of a New York mariner.
"This is great!" he exclaimed. "You guys should do this once a week."
Gesturing at Mr. Gagliano's shorts, a guest asked, "Why don't you join us?"
Mr. Gagliano politely ignored the request.
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