FAQs – The Doctor

FAQs – The Doctor


This page is yet to be updated for the 2021 Event. The information below may change.

What is registration and where is this held?

Registration is compulsory for all competitors to attend. You need to sign off your name and collect your timing chip and craft stickers. Registration is held at Sorrento Beach SLSC on the Friday prior to the race between 12 – 6.30pm. The race briefing will be held at approx 6.30pm.

You must bring to registration your lifejacket, safety leash, hi-vis item and flare to be checked.

Do I need to attend the registration and race briefing?

Yes it is compulsory for you to attend registration and the final race briefing so you are aware of all details for the event. If for some reason you miss registration you must call the event director Dean Gardiner on 0427 171 403 to advise so arrangements can be made for your timing chip to be collected and be briefed on the event. If you do not attend registration and just turn up on Rottnest Island then you will not be able to race.

You must bring to registration your lifejacket, safety leash, hi-vis item and flare to be checked.

What happens if I register for the event on Friday and then decide not to race?

You must call the event director Dean Gardiner on 0427 171 403 so you can be formally withdrawn from the event. This is a very important safety requirement.

How do I enter the event?

Go to the home page and click on the ENTER NOW button. If this is not available then online entries are not open yet. 

You can also enter on Friday at registration at Sorrento Beach SLSC between 12 and 6.30pm however late fees apply.

What compulsory safety equipment is require for the race?

Click here for full details.

Any competitor that does not abide by the rules will be disqualified and not permitted to race.

Where can I buy a flare from?

You can buy flares from most boating suppliers. Alternatively, you can buy a flare online during the entry process and collect at registration. We may have a few flares at registration to buy however we strongly recommend booking one online so you don’t miss out.

How does my craft get to Rottnest Island?

Oceanpaddler organises a barge to send the craft over to Rottnest Island. The barge is loaded on Friday afternoon from Fremantle. Click here for all info. You may also make your own arrangements to get your craft to Rottnest Island.

Where and when is the barge loaded?

This is done on Friday afternoon. Click here for the barge location and details.

You must bring your own craft to the barge or organise someone to do this for you.

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

  • 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

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.

How do I book my craft on the barge?

You must book and pay for the barge transport during the online entry process. If you turn up on Friday afternoon to load your craft on the barge without booking you could miss out or will be charged a late fee.

I entered the event and forgot to book my craft transport on the barge, can I still book?

Yes. When you entered online you received a confirmation registration email. On this email is a link to VIEW or EDIT your registration. Go to this link and under ‘option’ you can purchase craft transport.  Cut off is Thursday midnight to make any changes to your online entry.

I have hired a ski for the race. Do I need to book transport and how does my ski get to the barge?

Yes you must book during the online entry process. For those that have hired skis from Oceanpaddler then we will advise on 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.

Can I take my own craft to Rottnest Island?

Yes some paddlers have their own boat and can take their own craft across to Rottnest. If you have a support boat following you in the race you must tell the event organisers the skippers name and contact number. This is a requirement by Fremantle Ports that all support boats are accounted for. Please email contact@oceanpaddler.com

When and where does my ski arrive on Rottnest Island?

The barge leaves Fremantle very early on race morning and will arrive at the main jetty where the ferries arrive. When you arrive on the ferry you will then head over to the barge and unload your craft. You are responsible for ensuring your own craft is taken off the barge.

How do I get to Rottnest Island?

You get the ferry to Rottnest Island. Book a ticket with Rottnest Fast Ferries. You must get the earliest ferry so you are on the island to remove your craft from the barge and ready for when the race starts. The ferry departs from Hillarys Marina which is right next to Sorrento SLSC where event headquarters is.

To book your ferry ticket click here.

What time should I get to Rottnest Island?

You should get to Rottnest Island early on race day but getting the first ferry of the day. The race can start anytime from 10am onwards so you need to be prepared.

What facilities are available on Rottnest Island?

There are cafes to buy food and water along with amenities.

What time and where will the race start?

The race will start any time from 10am onwards depending on shipping movements and conditions. Ensure you are on Rottnest Island as early as possible.

The race will start in front of the Army Jetty on Rottnest Island. See Program page for map.
Click here for course maps.

What should I take to Rottnest Island?

Only take to Rottnest what you will paddle back with. Oceanpaddler cannot take any gear back to the mainland for you. Take the following:

  • Lifejacket
  • HI-VI clothing (lifejacket or hat)
  • Leash
  • Flare
  • Timing chip
  • Sponsor and race number stickers for your craft that will be provided in rego bags
  • 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)

I have a support boat that wants to follow me in the race. Is this OK?

Yes, but you need to tell the event organisers the type of boat and boat name, skippers name and contact number. This is a requirement by Fremantle Ports that all support boats are accounted for. Please email contact@oceanpaddler.com

For all other event details please visit the Program page.

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