- Date19 Mar 2023
Drenched in tradition, the legend of the Captain Christie Ocean Swim dates back to 1882. It is believed Captain William Earnest Bartholomew Christie took up his sailor's challenge to swim from Gerringong Boat Harbour around the rocky headland to Werri Beach - all for a bottle of the finest whisky. And he won.
Each year, swimmers relive Christie's swim in the Captain Christie open water event. Although only a 1.8km course, the swim is not an easy one and is better suited for those more confident ocean swimmers who are aware of rocks, currents and big swell.
Gerringong is a beautiful part of New South Wales to explore. Take some time out to relax, enjoy the beaches or head to the winery.
The Captain Christie Ocean Swim takes athletes back in time to celebrate Captain William Earnest Bartholomew Christie's legend.
First, swimmers will need to walk to the starting location for the swim, the boat ramp at Boat Harbour (don't be late to the registration as you need to factor in the walk).
Starting at the boat ramp, the course skirts the rock shelf around the headland from Gerrigong's Boat Harbour to Werri Beach.
While you're in Gerringong why not go and explore what the stunning coastal town has to offer.
Chill out at the beautiful beaches or go surfing at Werri Beach, considered one of the best surfing beaches on the South Coast. Bring your board from home or borrow one from a friend and surf at some of Australia's most beautiful beaches.
The Crooked River Winery is the perfect destination to enjoy wine from the area. Enjoy a free wine tasting in the most stunning setting overlooking the vineyard. If you've got time, relish a beautiful meal at the Crooked River Restaurant.
There are beach car parks and street parking near the beach, which, in regional fashion, is free.
14-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+, Male/Female
Please note: You will need to walk over the hill to the swim start at Boat Harbour straight after the swim briefing. This is why entries close an hour early so please factor this into your timing on the day.
Transfers: You can transfer yourself to a different distance or transfer your entry to another person via your Race Roster dashboard. Fees apply.
Gerringong NSW, Australia
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David Brodie9 Jan 2022 at 1:20pm
Well done for a hosting a great swim/event. I thought the lifesavers volunteers did a great job thankyou.
My only suggestion (not a criticism) is that perhaps you could have some storage secure area for swimmers to store their clothing bags etc whilst swimming.
ROD FROM Melbourne9 Jan 2022 at 1:46pm
Great swim fantastic physical and psychotically challenge. Worth the 10 hour drive from Melbourne to attend.
John9 Jan 2022 at 2:02pm
Great event. Loved it
Andrew Camfield9 Jan 2022 at 2:34pm
Love this event. Well organised, good distance & fantastic location & environment. Will always come back
Jill Pettifer9 Jan 2022 at 5:47pm
Great event as always, well organised, plenty of support and guidance in the ocean, great conditions for this journey swim. Wonderful to see so many familiar and friendly faces. Thank you.
weizhen62510 Jan 2022 at 9:50am
Well organised event, beautiful course, plenty water safety. A nice little hike to the starting point, no shoes needed as you’ll be mostly walking on the grass. Loved it all.
Max19 Mar 2023 at 6:45pm
Loved it. Will be back next year and staying at cronins
Kate Morgan19 Mar 2023 at 7:53pm
Great event and really well organised. Nice to see plenty of support craft along the way as well.
Such a beautiful place to swim!
Dan19 Mar 2023 at 8:38pm
Excellent event. The water safety is top notch. As is the rest of the organising. A special swim. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll be back for more the next year for sure.
Glenn Muir19 Mar 2023 at 9:15pm
Beautiful swim. So relaxed. Plenty of water safety. Thank you. Five stars from me and a recommendation to anyone who is interested, yep, it’s worth the trip, it was a great swim, loved it, will go again.
Damo20 Mar 2023 at 10:47am
What a beautiful swim. The weather was fantastic.
Agree with others, the organizers and ocean safety crew were friendly and great.
Only issue was the group start was a bit chaotic with people swimming over each other.
Hetty Allen20 Mar 2023 at 12:09pm
I was unable to finish the swim due to severe “sea sickness” The club volunteers on boards were so aware & caring, knowing I really wanted to finish the race, waiting patiently for me to hopefully recover enough to do so. Unfortunately I had to concede to failure & was transferred to the skidoo & then helped by more caring clubbies & the local doctor who looked after me magnificently. Slow to recover, they called for an ambulance to cover all bases. Many thanks to all involved in my episode.. I’m truly grateful. Thankfully no problems found during hospital tests .. just a bad case of motion sickness.
Barton24 Mar 2023 at 6:21am
Great event. Well organised and lots of water safety on the swim. Great community involvement. Only suggestion is to get the presentation happening a bit sooner.