The race ,’The Doctor’ famed from the Fremantle Doctor because it appears to come from the nearby coastal city of Fremantle. It brings welcome relief from the summertime high Perth temperatures. The angle of Rottnest island, which is about 25 km offshore gives a pretty good run to get back on mainland with the wind behind you if you’re on some kind of ocean craft.
As predicted the day was a scorcher so making sure we had plenty of fluids before and during the race was super important. All safety precautions are covered with each paddler required to carry a flare and lifejacket…which may or may not help if ‘wildlife’ approaches….
With around 40 Standup paddleboarders and around 300 ocean ski paddlers The Doctor SUP race, popular race and iconic on the ocean racing calendar. Top ocean ski paddlers make their way from as far as South Africa for the event.
Being my first time to make the crossing left me a little in the unknown. The gun went off and then it was time to head over towards a tall building, which would have been helpful if you could actually see the tall building. About 1 hour into the race it became a little clearer although the sidewind was making it challenging to keep on track.
I actually thought I was in second place the whole race which is why when I crossed the line I was a little confused by all the cheering. Hospitable bunch I thought. What I thought was the first female was in fact a male so it was a huge surprise to me. If only I knew it the whole way across it may have helped my motivation levels!! In a time of 2 hours and 39 minutes the race was over and another ‘tick’ on my journey of life.
Ange Jackson was second placed female while Molokai winner Terrene Black unfortunately pulled out 10 km into the race not feeling well.
Thanks to Naish Australia and Bolle sunglasses for fitting me out with a great board and gear, and to my roomies Brad, Andy and Kath for a super fun weekend. Congrats to all that made the crossing and took on the challenge. x
(Gotta love the trophies and doctor coats 😉