Last updated: 11th November 2018

The program of events will be updated regularly. All times and events are subject to change. Please ensure you attend the race briefing on Friday evening for final instructions.

The event is scheduled to race on Saturday 24th November 2018 starting at Rottnest Island and finishing at Sorrento Beach. This can be reversed if strong off-shore conditions prevail. In the advent of dangerous conditions on Saturday the event may be moved to Sunday 25th November or an alternative course put in place. If wind strength is forecast to exceed our maximum operational strength for the course we will move the event to a coastal race.

Below is the proposed program for The Doctor. 

*****Please ensure you read the detailed notes below the table for important information regarding each activity. 


Time Activity Location

Friday 23rd November 




Shaw and Partners Dash for Cash – Surf Ski Sprint Race

$15,000 is up for grab at the Shaw and Partners Dash for Cash event. A series of sprint surf ski races held on Friday morning at Sorrento Beach. More info can be found at

Sorrento Beach
11.00 – 6.30pm Compulsory Registration for The Doctor

Please download, print and sign the ‘Mandatory Equipment Sign Off Form‘ and bring to registration. 

Download form here.

Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club
Approx 2.30 – 5.00pm


Barge Loading

Transport of your craft to Rottnest Island. 

Click here for important information regarding loading at Fremantle. There are significant changes from previous years.

North Fremantle
5.00 – 6.00pm Chat with the Champions –   Hosted by Guy Leech

Q& A session with some of the world’s top paddlers. 

Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club
Approx 5.30pm Dinner available at Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club. Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club
6.30pm Compulsory Event Briefing Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club

Saturday 24th November (Race day)

7.30 and 8.00am Competitors travel to Rottnest Island on the ferry. Ferry departs Hillary Marina for Rottnest Island with Rottnest Fast Ferries. Click here to book. Hillarys Marina, Sorrento
Approx 8.15am and 8.45am Ferry arrives on Rottnest Island. Competitors assist with moving craft from the barge to the beach. Main Jetty, Rottnest Island
Approx 9.30am onwards Competitors prepare craft for race – attach rudders and sponsor and race stickers to craft. Rottnest Island
As advised by Race Director Race Check-In & Equipment Check Army Jetty, Rottnest Island.
As advised by Race Director Compulsory Event Briefing Army Jetty, Rottnest Island.
As advised by Race Director Event Start – 3 waves

** Please note this may change. Final details will be provided by race director at the briefing.

  • Wave 1: SUPs and Prone Paddleboards
  • Wave 2: OC1s, Plastics and all ladies single surf skis
  • Wave 3: All other categories
Army Jetty, Rottnest Island
Afternoon – time dependent on race start time Finish Sorrento Beach Surf Life Saving Club
6.00pm onwards Presentations

Food and drinks available at Sorrento Surf Club.

Sorrento Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Friday 23rd November 2018

Shaw and Partners Dash for Cash

9am at Sorrento Beach.

$15,000 is up for grab at the Shaw and Partners Dash for Cash event. A series of sprint surf ski races held on Friday morning at Sorrento Beach. More info can be found at


Loading of Barge for your craft to go to Rottnest Island

There have been some significant changes to the way the barge will be loaded this year. We have been directed by Fremantle Ports to operate this way. There is a staging area and you will be directed to the barge loading area by our staff. 

Click here for full details.

Barge Requirements

  • For skis and OC1s all rudders must be removed prior to loading
  • For SUP’s all fins must be removed
  • Bring old straps to tie your craft on (you may not get these back)
  • Bring some light padding to the barge such as old bits of foam etc

It is a big job getting all the craft on the barge so please be patient when we do this.

NOTE: If you take your craft in a cover you must arrange for the cover to be taken back to the mainland yourself. We will not be taking anything back to the mainland for you.

You must have booked and paid for craft transport during the online entry process. An additional late fee will be charged for anyone who does not pre-book and just turns up on the day to load their craft (pending spots available).

For those that have hired skis from Oceanpaddler, we will advise how your ski will be loaded on the barge when you pick up your hire ski. Please ensure you have booked craft transport as this is not included in your hire fee.

Registration & Briefing at Sorrento Beach SLSC 

11am onwards with a final race briefing at approx 6.30pm.

Food will be available at the surf club.

  • All competitors are required to attend the registration and briefing.
  • Please download, print and sign the ‘Mandatory Equipment Sign Off Form‘. Download here
  • Registration will open from 11am to 6.30pm.
  • We recommend registering before taking your craft down to the barge at Fremantle.
  • A final race briefing will take place at 6.30pm. All competitors must attend for final instructions.
  • If you have entered online you must still register on Friday and collect your timing chip and other event items.
  • If you collect your timing chip and then decide not to do the event on race day you must call the event director Dean Gardiner on 0427 171 403. This is an important safety requirement. Once you collect your timing chip we will assume you have started the race.
  • You can enter the ‘Doctor’ on Friday, however, a late fee will be charged. We encourage everyone to enter online before 5pm Thursday.
  • If you require a Flare you can order one when entering online and collect at the registration (mandatory equipment).
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: NO ALCOHOL is allowed outside of the club hall and BBQ area as this will be breaching the clubs licence policy. This includes no alcohol on the outside grass area. Thank you for your cooperation.

Saturday 24th November 2018 (Race Day)

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you register on Friday night and decide not to do the race you must call the event director Dean Gardiner on 0427 171 403 to advise you have withdrawn.

Breakfast available at Sorrento Beach SLSC from 7am.

Ferry to Rottnest Island

Competitors travel to Rottnest Island by ferry. This takes approx 40mins.

Rottnest Fast Ferries are our preferred Ferry carrier. The ferry departs from Hillarys Marina at 7.30 and 8.00am. You must book directly with Rottnest Fast Ferries. Click here for more info.

We want all competitors to be on Rottnest Island as early as possible as the event may start anytime from 10am onwards depending on shipping movements and conditions.

Make sure you take the following to Rottnest Island:

  • Lifejacket
  • Leash
  • Flare
  • Pealess whistle
  • Mobile phone/VHF radio
  • Timing chip – to be worn on your ankle
  • Rudder for your ski and tools to attached your rudder
  • Paddle
  • Fluids for the race (you can purchase drinks at Rottnest if needed but it is strongly recommended to take water with you for both pre and during the race)
  • Sponsor and race number stickers for your craft that will be provided at registration

Take minimal gear as what you take to Rottnest you will need to paddle back with! Do not take anything other than what you are paddling in or what can be thrown away on Rottnest as we are unable to bring any gear back to the mainland. Please ensure you use rubbish bins at Rottnest.

There will be equipment scrutineering on Rottnest Island. Any competitor that does not abide by the stated Rules and Equipment requirements will be automatically disqualified and prohibited from racing.

On Rottnest Island

When you arrive on Rottnest you must get your craft off the barge. The barge will be at the Main Jetty where the ferry arrives. You are responsible for looking after your own craft.

You can install your rudders at the Main Jetty and paddle over (south) to Army Jetty where the start will be.

You must place the race number stickers and sponsor stickers on your craft once you get to Rottnest. These will be provided on Friday at registration.

Race Check-In & Equipment Check

All competitors will be required to check in at Rottnest Island to the officials. This will be done prior to the race briefing over at Army Jetty. You must check in and show your mandatory equipment. Any competitors that fail to check-in will be disqualified and unable to race. Click here for the Mandatory Equipment Sign Off Form.

Race Briefing

This will take place prior to the start at Army Jetty. See map below.

Start Location

Army Jetty, Thompson Bay, Rottnest Island. See map below

The race will start immediately in front of the Army Jetty. The course will pass to the South of both Phillip Rock and Centaur Reef South Cardinal Marker.  After rounding the Centaur Reef South Cardinal Marker it will be a direct line to Sorrento Beach. The details of the finish will be explained at the briefing. Check the Course page. 

Start Times

The start time is dependent on shipping movements and conditions and can take place anytime from 10am onwards. Therefore please ensure you get to Rottnest Island as early as possible.

We plan to have 3 start waves.

  • Wave 1: SUPs & Prone Paddleboards
  • Wave 2: OC1s ,plastics and ladies
  • Wave 3: All other categories


Finish Location

Sorrento Beach, outside Surf Life Saving Club.


Approx 6.00/6.30pm at Sorrento Beach SLSC.

Sorrento SLSC will have food and drinks available to purchase. Please support the club that supports our event and join us for dinner and drinks.

Oceanpaddler contacts during the event:

Dean Gardiner: 0427 171 403

Yanda Morison: 0414 454 648

Sherene LaGasse: 0427 174 472

Sorrento Beach Map

Rottnest Island Map