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Captain Christie ocean swim

Sun, 6 Jan 2019

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.

Swim courses

The Captain Christie Ocean Swim takes athletes back in time to celebrate Captain William Earnest Bartholomew Christie’s legend.

Starting at the boat ramp, the course skirts the rockshelf around the headland from Gerrigong’s boat harbour to Werri Beach.

Although the course is only 1.8km, it’s not an easy swim for those who are unprepared. Athletes have to contend with the unwavering northeasterly wind chop as well as rocks, strong currents and breaking swell.

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.

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Event Date

Sun, 6 Jan 2019
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Gerringong SLSC


Type of event
ocean swim
Course types
point to point
Swim lengths


Gerringong Boat Harbour
Gerringong NSW
Gerringong,New South Wales2534Australia
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Weather forecast

Jan 6

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
12am 17°C 5 m/s
1am 17°C 3 m/s
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12pm 20°C 6 m/s
1pm 21°C 5 m/s
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6pm 21°C 4 m/s
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8pm 20°C 2 m/s
9pm 19°C 2 m/s
10pm 18°C 3 m/s
11pm 17°C 3 m/s


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