The Captain Christie Ocean Water Swim
71 Pacific Avenue, Werri Beach, NSW, 2534, Australia
6th January 2019
The Captain Christie ocean swim is based on the legend of a sailor docked within Gerringong’s Boat Harbour, the erstwhile Captain William Earnest Bartholomew Christie. This is the oldest ocean swim of its kind, steeped in tradition, and dates back to 1882. Legend has it that Captain Christie took up his sailor's challenge to swim from the harbour around the rocky headland to Werri Beach, for a bet of a bottle of the finest whisky. And he won. Reliving the event, every participant is rewarded for their valiant effort with a miniature bottle of whisky. Although not long, the 1.8 kilometre long course is fraught with obstacles for the unprepared. Swimmers have to contend with the invariable north easterly wind chop, the strong currents along the rock shelf, and the breaking swell off the headland. The Captain Christie is held on the first Sunday of the new year, every year. If the conditions are deemed unsafe, the alternate course is run from Seven Mile Beach, Gerroa. The 2019 event will be held on Sunday 6 January, and includes a division for Stand up paddle boarders. Minimum swimmer age is 14 years old.