Event Information

Event Categories

The 11km ocean paddle from Blues Point Reserve, North Sydney to Manly is open to the following categories for both male and females:

Please note there must be at least 5 competitors to create a category. If there is less than 5 competitors only first place will be awarded.

  • Ocean Ski – includes age categories of Open, Under 19, Over 40, Over 50, Over 60, Over 70 
  • SLSA Spec ski
  • Sea Kayak
  • Plastic Kayak
  • Double Ski / Kayak
  • Mixed Double Ski / Kayak
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) – Unlimited, 14′ and Over 40 Men
  • Prone Paddleboard
  • Outrigger Canoes – Oc1, OC2, Oc3 and Oc6
  • Coastal Rowers Individuals
  • Coastal Rowers Team (double, quad)


Entry Fees

2017 Entry Fees Early Bird (entry up to and including 5th Feb) Standard Entry (entry from 6th to 25th Feb) Late Entry (entry on race day)
Singles (all categories and craft) $65.00 $75.00 $100.00
Doubles & Oc2s (per craft) $90.00 $110.00 $160.00
Oc3 (per craft) $135.00 $165.00 $215.00
Oc6 (per craft) $270.00 $330.00 $380.00
Coastal Rowers Double (per craft) $90.00 $110.00 $160.00
Coastal Rowers Quad (per craft) $180.00 $220.00 $270.00


Entry Refunds & Cancellation Policy

Entry cancellations can be made up to two weeks before the event date when a refund (less 20% administration fee) will be made. Refunds will not be given after this date. Please send requests for refunds in writing to contact@oceanpaddler.com. If the event has to be cancelled due to weather conditions or natural disasters or any other reason so deemed by the organisers, the event will not be rescheduled and no refunds will be issued.  Where possible an alternative race course will be provided on race day.


Event Times

All event times are subject to change. Final details will be emailed to registered competitors prior to the race.


All paddlers must register for the event to collect their timing chip. Paddlers can register on either Saturday 25th February or on race day Sunday 26th February as per details below:

  • Saturday 25th February at Oceanpaddler Shop located at 410 Pittwater Rd, North Manly, between 12 and 5pm
  • Sunday 26th February at Blues Point Reserve, North Sydney (race start location) from 6am

**Important Note: If you register on Saturday then decided not to race on Sunday you must notify Oceanpaddler via mobile phone (0414 454648).

Race Day Schedule – updated as at Friday 24th Feb 2017

Please note that race start times are approximate onlyTime may be slightly altered due to Maritime NSW shipping schedule.


Registration opens at Blues Point Park, North Sydney. All competitors must sign off their name and collect their timing chip at registration prior to the start of race. If you have done this on Saturday you do not need to line up on Sunday.

7.00am Event Briefing (compulsory)
7.15am onwards Competitors make their way to Lavander Bay ready to be called out to the start line. All competitors must remain in Lavender Bay until called to the start. Competitors will be called out to the start line to correspond with the START WAVES as listed below.  Any competitors outside of Lavender bay prior to been called out for their designated start will be disqualified from the event.
from 7.35am Start Waves

  • 07:35:00 – Wave 1 – Prone Paddleboard Female
  • 07:39:58 – Wave 2 – SUP Female
  • 07:44:41 – Wave 3 – Prone Paddleboard Male, all Coastal Rowers categories
  • 07:48:39 – Wave 4 – SUP Male
  • 07:49:38 – Wave 5 – OC1 Female
  • 07:49:53 – Wave 6 – Ocean & SLSA Ski Female (all ages), all Plastic singles and Sea Kayak singles male and female. No doubles.
  • 07:56:03 – Wave 7 – OC1 Male
  • 07:57:43 – Wave 8 – Ocean & SLSA Ski Male (all ages)
  • 08.00.00 – Wave 9 – All double craft, all OC2, OC3 and OC6
8.45am Expected first finishers at the western side of Manly Wharf
11.00am Presentations for all categories at the Bavarian Bier Cafe


Safety Rules and Equipment

All competitors must wear:

  • PFD Lifejacket Level 50 or 50S (previously known as Type 2 or 3).  No bum bag style inflatable lifejackets are permitted except for Prone Paddleboard competitors. All Prone paddlers must wear a lifejacket – the bum bag inflatable lifejacket is permitted only for these competitors.
  • Safety Leash – These are required by competitors to maintain contact with their craft, which can be particularly difficult during high winds, or if someone should fall from their craft. (Coastal rowers are exempt).
  • Electronic Timing Chip provided at registration
  • Mobile Phone recommended with event contact numbers (Dean 0427 171 403 and Yanda 0414 45 46 48)

Please visit your closest paddling retail outlet if you wish to purchase these safety items.


Water Craft Hire

If you wish to hire a craft you can try some of these local retailers.

Oceanpaddler 02 8065 0385
Manly Kayak Centre 1300KAYAKS (1300 529 257) or 0412 622 662
Sydney Harbour Kayaks 02 9969 4590
Pro Kayaks 02 9970 7081
Paddlecraft at Bayview 02 9997 8015
Wind Surf’n’Snow 02 9971 0999 – SUP HIRE.
OzPaddle 0430 950 333 – PLASTIC BOATS. Contact Sophie