The Doctor

The Doctor

29th/30th November 2014

The Doctor – presented by Nelo & Fenn
The Doctor SUP Challenge – presented by Starboard


We are pleased to announce that Nelo & Fenn have come on board once again as naming rights sponsors of the event and Starboard are sponsoring the SUP Challenge.


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 Doctor has traditionally been held in January however we have recently decided to move this to November. That means for the very first time there will be two Doctor events held in 2014! So if you missed out in January now is your chance.

The event has a two day window to allow for the best ocean racing conditions. The race is planned for Saturday 29th November 2014 however may be held on Sunday 30th November is the winds are more favourable.Doctor 2014-7

Craft is loaded the day prior to the event on a barge 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.

Events Program

Take advantage of your time in WA and take part in the other events around The Doctor.

Sat/Sun 22nd/23rd November 2014 - Fenn West Coast Downwind. Saturday – Singles race 25km Fremantle to Sorrento. Sunday – Doubles race 12km City Beach to Sorrento.

Thurs 27th November 2014 Statewide Oil Sunset Surfski Series (late afternoon start time)

Sat/Sun 29/30th November 2014 The Nelo Fenn Doctor

Sat/Sun 6/7th December 2014 – Mandurah Duel


Last updated: 13th May 2014


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 race is planned for Saturday 29th November however has a two day window to allow for the best racing conditions. The program below is based on the race been held on Saturday.


Breakfast will be available from Sorrento SLSC from 7am onwards.

Loading of Barge for your craft to go to Rottnest Island

Oceanpaddler will be organising a barge to transport your craft over to Rottnest Island for the race.

This will take place on Friday afternoon. The exact time and location will be confirmed closer to the event.

You must have booked and paid for craft transport during the online entry process. An additional $20 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.

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 straps to tie your craft on
  • 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.

Registration & Briefing at Sorrento Beach SLSC

12pm onwards with a final race briefing at approx 6.30pm.

  • All competitors are required to attend the registration and briefing.
  • Registration will open from 12pm 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 on line you must still register on Friday and collect your timing chip and rego bag.
  • 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 $20 late fee will be charged. We encourage everyone to enter online before midnight Thursday.
  • If you require a Flare you can order one when entering online and collect at the registration (mandatory equipment).
  • Sorrento Beach SLSC will have food and drink available to purchase.
  • 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.


Please note that the race may be held on Sunday, as the event has a two day window.

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. 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:

  • PFD (Lifejacket)
  • Leash
  • Flare
  • Timing chip
  • 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.

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 of 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 night at registration.

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 Fairway Buoy. After rounding the fairway buoy it will be a direct line to Sorrento Beach. The details of the finish will be explained at the briefing. Click here for course map.

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
  • 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

Sherene LaGasse: 0427 174 472




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Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

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The Course

‘The  Doctor’ is planned to Start at Army Jetty, Rottnest Island and Finish at Sorrento Beach SLSC.

Race Distance: 27.5km

Please note that the race may be run in the other direction should the wind be blowing easterly. Competitors will be informed of the direction of the race at the briefing on Friday evening or prior if possible.

Rules & Equipment

All competitors must abide by the following rules:

  • All paddlers must wear type 2 or type 3 PFD’s (lifejackets). No bum bag style PFD’s are permitted.
  • All paddlers must be attached to their craft via a safety leash.
  • All paddlers must have at least one flare attached to their craft/person.
  • All paddlers must attend the pre event briefing held immediately prior to race start.
  • All paddlers must assist other competitors in difficulty.
  • Any competitors with private escort boats must be operated by registered certified skippers. NOTE: We are required by water way authorities to notify them of all private escort boats. Please email or phone us with the name and phone number of the skipper.


Craft Transport to Rottnest

Oceanpaddler organises a barge to send the craft over to Rottnest Island. You may also choose to make your own arrangements.

The barge is loaded on Friday afternoon from Fremantle. The exact time and location will be advise closer to the time. 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 straps to tie your craft on
  • Bring some light padding to the barge such as old bits of foam etc

The barge leaves Fremantle very early on race morning and will arrive at the main jetty. 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.


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.

The cost to put your craft on the barge is as follows:

  • $30 for Surf skis, OC1′s, Plastics & Sea Kayaks
  • $50 for Double craft
  • $25 for SUP’s


Nov 29, 2014


Perth, WA