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West Coast Downwinder

21st-22nd of November 2015

Kicking off a huge week of WA Ocean racing in November, the Fenn West Coast Downwinder offers 24km of wind driven paddling exhilaration, and the perfect lead-in race for The Doctor, a world cup series event the following weekend .

A huge thank you to Fenn Kayaks as naming rights sponsor and to Ocean Paddler  for their continued support of our signature paddling event.

Also, welcome to the SUPWA board paddlers who will be part of this years event. The more craft on the water the merrier we say. Its a big ocean .

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The West Coast Downwind weekend consists of two events, a singles only, and a doubles only race .

The two day format allows the prioritisation of the big money race – the Fenn West Coast Downwinder to whichever day looks like it will provide the best conditions. Until we get closer to the race weekend the Singles race is nominally planned for Saturday and the Doubles race is planned for Sunday.

Google Map image of WCD Course

The Details

Online Registration

Closes Nov 20th, 2015 8:00pm (GMT+8)
You can only be considered for race awards in ONE CATEGORY – the category in which you enter during registration.

IOP MEMBERS  :  To receive membership discounts for IOP events we will require your Canoeing Australia Member ID to be provided on the entry form

WCD 2015 entrants get a free limited edition Tee Shirt - while stock lasts.

This registration automatically enables you to compete ( with a partner ) in the doubles event planned for Sunday. You can collect your complimentary tee-shirt when you check in for the race on Saturday the 21st .

If you’re curious to see who’s entered already then have a look HERE

Event Updates :

After you’ve entered check back here for notification of any changes made to the published event info due to weather, safety or other logistics issues . Also updates on any pre/post race activities that may be of interest !

Race Update : 2015-11-19 at 10:47 

As there appears to be no chance of favourable downwind conditions this weekend, and many of the WCD entrants will be competing in the following weekends  race ( The Doctor ), we have decided to shorten the Fenn WCD course . The start will now be from in front of Swanbourne SLSC . The finish remains at Sorrento SLSC. The start time remains at 2:30 pm

Ug! . The Chief ( and the weather gods ) have spoken.

Doubles Race Update : 2015-11-20 at 16:10

Due to the poor wind conditions on Sunday we have decided to cancel the Fenn Doubles Challenge . Our apologies to those if you who were looking forward to an ocean outing with their sibling, partner or child !

Fenn West Coast Downwinder

Saturday 21st November

For Single Craft

24Km downwind course between Port Beach, Fremantle, and Sorrento Beach, Sorrento .

Satellite view of WCD Race Course


1:00pm – 2:00pm

at Swanbourne Nedlands SLSC
(End of Marine Parade)


2:10 pm

Race start


water start at Swanbourne Nedlands Beach


Important Race Tips

WCD race line : paddlers must pass inside marker bouy off City Beach groin

There will a be red marker off City Beach near the patrol tower . All paddlers must pass inside that buoy or they will incurr a 5 minute penalty.

Fenn Doubles Challenge


For Doubles Craft

11 Km downwind course between City Beach and Sorrento Beach .                                 .

Satellite view of race course


1:00pm – 2:00pm

at City Beach
(ocean side of Clancy’s Restaurant)


2:10 pm

Race Start


water start at City Beach

Finish Line

Sorrento Beach

View arial map of finish line

In front of Sorrento SLSC


Presented at Sorrento Surf Club
at approx 5:00 pm

Competitors please note ! :   You can only be considered for the awards in ONE CATEGORY. You choose the category you wish to contest when entering the event.If you wish to compete for the open prizes – you must enter in the open category and forgo any prizes you may be eligible in other age categories . And vice versa .

Open Male 1st – 5th
last years results
Open Female 1st – 3rd
last years results
Over 40 Male 1st – 3rd
last years results
0ver 50 Male 1st – 3rd
last years results
Under 21 1st
last years results
Sponsors Merchandise
0ver 40 Female 1st
last years results
Sponsors Merchandise
0ver 60 Male 1st
last years results
Sponsors Merchandise


  • Leg leash and PFD required
  • Smoke flare recommended
  • Not more than 400m off the coast
  • We recommend that competitors wear a fluoro green/orange/pink solid colour cap to maximise their visibility when on the ocean .
  • For those carrying phones water safety number is 0417 926 853
  • IOP Members : please bring ( & wear ! ) the green elastic wrist band ( with the water safety phone number ) that you have been given at recent IOP events.
  • Help any paddler in distress

You can download and review IOP’s water safety plan for all its events, as either a PDF or MSWord document .