The Doctor

The Shaw and Partners Doctor

The Doctor 2020 Cancelled.

It is with deep regret that we have to make the decision to cancel The Doctor for 2020. Uncertainty surrounding border openings, social distancing and other Covid-19 related issues make it impossible to move forward on our planning for the event. 

Please click on the link below for further information. We are looking at alternative events on the East Coast. 

The Doctor 

The Doctor in Perth, WA is Australia’s most exciting ocean paddling event from Rottnest Island to Sorrento Beach covering 27kms (or vice versa depending on wind conditions).

The event starts at Rottnest Island and finishes at Sorrento Beach. This can be reversed if strong off-shore conditions prevail. If wind strength is forecast to exceed our maximum operational strength for the course we will move the event to a coastal race. In the event of dangerous conditions the event may be moved to the Sunday.

The Doctor is a must do race for all paddling enthusiast. Check out all the previous race videos here.

The Doctor is an event of the World Surfski Series and The Shaw and Partners Australian Ocean Racing Series. 


About The Doctor Race

Craft is loaded the day prior to the event on a barge at Fremantle and transported over to Rottnest Island on race day. On the morning of the event, competitors catch the ferry over to Rottnest Island which takes about 40mins. On arrival they unload their craft and prepare for the race. There are cafes on Rottnest Island to relax before the long paddle back to Sorrento Beach. The race start time will depend on weather conditions and shipping movements. The race is 27km starting from Rottnest Island and finishing at Sorrento Beach SLSC where competitors will enjoy the very best ocean paddling conditions. Please navigate through this website for full details.

Final race course and time will be decided on Friday evening at the pre-race briefing. The races plans to start at Rottnest Island and finish at Sorrento Beach, however, should the winds be blowing easterly then the course may be reversed.

Please navigate through the website using the links. Further event information will be available shortly. If you have any questions please make contact with us. 

The Doctor Spectator Boat 

Watch The Doctor on board Silverado, an 80 Foot long, 27 Foot wide, Power Catamaran, with a 360 degree 2 level viewing platform.

This is a great way for spectators to get amongst the action and watch their paddling friends participate in The Doctor – one of the greatest ocean paddling events in the world.

The boat will depart Rottnest Island and follow the race to the finish on Saturday 28th November 2020.

You will need to arrange your own transport to Rottnest Island by ferry. Our preferred ferry carrier is Rottnest Fast Ferries. 

Final details will be emailed to you prior to the event.

All the information you need about the race can be found by navigating through the links on the sidebar. 

Ocean Paddling Safety Video

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