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The Rose Bay Paddle 2015

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Boats, barbecue, beer and more at the bay races
Bring your friends, your good time mojo and anything that floats to Woollahra Sailing Club's boat ramp at Rose Bay on Sunday 29th March for a fun day of races on the water and enjoy the last of Sydney's warm weather. With the sun on your skin and the sound of waves splashing, this event is also for your pooch and for a couple of good causes.

Rose Bay Paddle

Help raise money for Animal Welfare League NSW, who care for neglected and abandoned animals, and awareness for OneWave, a non-profit surf community tackling depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder by getting those afflicted involved in their community. Part of your registration fee ($30-50 p.p. depending on age and booking online vs on the day entry) for the races goes to these charities and making a difference in many lives. You can also donate online or take up a collection yourself.

There are a few different races, from 500 metres up to 10 kilometres, for different types of craft. You can bring a colourful inflatable or raft, a surfboard, skis, kayak, dragon boat or even make your own boat. Put a flag on it and decorate it. As long as it floats and you're 15 and over, you can enter. If you don't have a boat, paddle boats are available to hire.

Race times are as follows, but may vary slightly:-

7:45am: 10KM Race Start (Paddleboards)
8:00am: 10KM Race Start (Kayaks & Other Craft)
9:30am: 5KM Race Start (All Craft)
10:15am: 2.5KM Race Start (All Craft)
10:30am: 500m Inflatable Race
12:00pm: Inflatable Relay Races

If registering on the day, it must be at least 30 minutes prior to the race. Registration includes a T-shirt and Red Bull and you go in the running to win some great prizes. Over $2000 worth of prizes up for grabs for different categories of races - males and females, juniors and seniors, and teams. Dress up on the day as there's also prizes for creativity - best dressed, best inflatable, paddle with pooch, and more.

Dress ups, Rose Bay Paddle

Getting out of bed early on a Sunday morning is made easier with coffee and a BBQ breakfast available (for an extra fee) onsite to kick start you. Throughout the day you will find enough food and beverages to keep you going with the BBQ also providing lunch as well as the Cornerhouse & Young Henry's restaurant and pop-up bar enticing you with craft beer, cider and other delights.

Float your Inflatables

Music from DJ's will get you grooving and a number of paddle boarding and ski manufacturers will be showing their products on the shore.

Getting there

Car is probably the best option when carrying a large craft. Parking is available next to the event site in Vickery Ave, behind the Rose Bay Tennis Centre.

A ferry service from Circular Quay Wharf 4 is another option.

If taking the train, change at Central to go to Edgecliff and then take a connecting bus.

Bus route 324 goes from the city at stand D in Alfred St Circular Quay to Kings Cross and Rose Bay.

For all public transport timetables, visit

Full details of this event can be found at and don't forget the zinc cream.

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Why? For fun in the sun
When: From 7am, with races finishing around 12.30pm
Where: Woollahra Sailing Club, Vickery Rd, Rose Bay
Cost: Registration varies, see website
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