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 There
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.
Travel & Parking
There are beach car parks and street parking near the beach, which, in regional fashion, is free.