Race 3 - The Mosman Marathon


Our mission is to INSPIRE, EMPOWER & ENGAGE paddlers to come together and compete in the sport they love. By creating a supportive and encouraging environment we aim to provide a race series where people feel safe to do a long Harbour event or to enter into their first ever surf ski event.

Our NSW Surf Ski Championships point scoring formula makes people feel competitive at every event, regardless of their age and gender. The NSW Surf Ski Championships rankings table allows you to see how you rank against your fellow peers in your age group and gender.

We are halfway into the series and we have the iconic race 3 - The Mosman Marathon. Paddlers can choose to take on the 20km full marathon challenge or the 10km half marathon challenge. Starting and finishing from Middle Harbour Yacht Club, your journey will take you through the beautiful Sydney Harbour and past world-famous icons like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison jail, Taronga Zoo and much more. Sydney Harbour is a stunning location to host the surf ski event and the Mosman Marathon will showcase what a beautiful harbour we have. We would like to respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we gather, the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We extend that respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in attendance.

Saturday 3rd June @ 1:30pm is a 20km full marathon and 10km half marathon course option. Followed by presentations and celebration drinks held at the Middle Harbour

Your result that we count will go towards your overall NSW Surf Ski Championships ranking. If you compete in the 20km full marathon course, there will be bonus points on top of your positioning that will be awarded to you for your overall NSW Surf Ski Championship ranking. 

We hope everyone has a great weekend both on and off the water.


20km Marathon Course:

Winds up to 18 knots - the course will be from Middle Harbour Yacht Club to Sydney Harbour Bridge and back. 

Winds over 18 knots or large dangerous swells - the alternative course from Middle Harbour Yacht Club to Roseville Bridge will be employed. 

10km Half Marathon Course:

Winds up to 18 knots - the course will be from Middle Harbour Yacht Club to Clifton Gardens and back. 

Winds over 18 knots or large dangerous swell - the alternative course from Middle Harbour Yacht Club to Bantry Bay will be employed. 

Alternative Course:


Event programme: NSW Surf Ski Championships NSWSSC  

Thursday, 1st June

1159                              NSWSSC Registration closes

Friday, 2nd June

1030                              NSWSSC Harbour conditions inspection

1600                              NSWSSC briefing/course emailed to all competitors

1630                              NSWSSC entries listed online

Saturday, 3rd June

1100                              Course Start and Finish Event Crews arrive

1130                              Water Safety put in turning markers

1200                              Competitor Check in Opens

1300                              Competitor Check in Closes

1330                              NSWSSC Race Start – Ocean Skis and Spec Skis

1530 onwards               NSWSSC Course finished 

1630                              NSWSSC Presentations and After Party (Middle Harbour                                           Yacht Club)

Registration and Safety Equipment Inspections:

Registrations and mandatory Safety equipment (PFD) inspections will be held at the start line of each race event, 30 mins prior to the race start.

Once inspection of your mandatory equipment has been completed your race number provided will be written on your right hand, plus your race number sticker will be placed on the front right hand side of your craft. 

By entering the NSWSSC you agree to the following:

  1. You understand the risks associated with Ocean Racing and acknowledge your responsibilities to help a distressed paddler
  2. You will comply with the mandatory safety equipment rules of:


  1. All surf ski paddlers must wear an approved minimum Level 50 / Level 50S Lifejacket. Your lifejacket must be Hi-Vis or a Hi-Vis top is to be worn over the top of the lifejacket. No bum bag inflatable lifejackets are permitted.

Safety Leash

  1. All competitors must be attached to their craft via a safety leash.

Hi-Vis Clothing

  1. All competitors must wear a piece of Hi-Vis clothing.
  2. This can be a Hi-Vis lifejacket or Hi-Vis top worn over your lifejacket.

Mobile Phone using SafeTrx Tracking App or VHF Radio

  1. All competitors are required to have either a mobile phone with the SafeTrx tracking app OR a VHF Radio and a distress beacon (EPIRB or PLB) with them during the race.
  2. In the event of an emergency, a competitor’s location can be tracked either by the SafeTrx app or a distress beacon. The race event channel will be channel 77 to those using VHF Marine Radios.


    1. All competitors are required to have a pealess whistle attached to their Lifejacket.


    •  It is also recommended that a minimum of 1L of water is to be carried during the race, and sun protection such as a hat and sunscreen.
    • We strongly recommend that competitors are hydrated before, during and after the race.
      • Competitors should be Sun Safe, including wearing appropriate clothing and sunscreen.

      Starting the race

      All competitors will be on the water to the Eastern side of Middle Harbour Yacht Club marina for a water start.

      Two (2) minutes prior, the Race Director will align all boats ready for the start.

      Once all boats are aligned the Race Director will start the race with a shot from a gun or shouting the word “GO”.

      A start flag may be used if the conditions do not allow for an audible signal.

      Finishing the race

      The finish line will be on the beach at Middle Harbour Yacht Club between two NSWSSC flags.

      Please make sure you advise the race finishers of your race number through the finish line transition area - if you fail to advise the race finisher of your number you will be disqualified.

      Evacuation Points

      Course safety vessels will be with you on the course for the duration of the race.

      If you need assistance during the race, raise your paddle above your head so a safety vessel or other paddlers can see you until help arrives.

      In case of an emergency on land or water the patient will be transported to the closest Emergency Areas.

      Water Evacuation Points will be the closest beach access point. On the course if Life Support is needed the Volunteer Marine Rescue will be the first responders to enable First Aid, DFIB and fast boat access to an Emergency Medical Access point.

      Award Presentations

      The NSWSSC presentations will be held on Saturday 3rd June 5:30pm at Middle Harbour Yacht Club. Enjoy the DJ vibes and fully serviced bar to celebrate with all the paddlers.

      Competition rules

      The NSWSSC are conducted under the ICF Canoe Ocean Racing Rules - Current Version dated 1 January 2019. It is the responsibility of the competitor to be familiar with these rules.

      I would also like to acknowledge and thank this year’s volunteers who have generously donated their time and resources to ensure the NSW Surf Ski Championships are a great success.

      Yours in paddling,

      Luke Horder
      Race Director














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