2016 West Coast Downwinder ( 19th November )

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.

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Online Registration

Online registration is  now open at https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=84234

Entries close Nov 18th, 2016 8:00pm (GMT+8).
You can only be considered for race awards in ONE CATEGORY – the category in which you enter during registration.

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

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

Complimentary Race Tops for all competitors who enter
before 4th of November

Front and back views of 2016 WCD Paddlers Shirt

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 !

Updates will be posted HERE as well as on our Facebook page

Race Results:

The race has been run and won. Congrats to all 150 competitors who finished. The results are available online at https://www.webscorer.com/racedetails?raceid=86907

The Course

24Km downwind  between Port Beach, Fremantle, and Sorrento Beach, Sorrento .WCD Course Map


1:00pm – 2:00pm at Port Beach, Southern Car Park


2:10 pm

Race start

2:30pm water start at Port Beach

Arial view of race start

Important Race Tips

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.

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

Finish Line

Sorrento Beach – In front of Sorrento SLSC

View arial map of finish line


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 $500
0ver 50 Male 1st – 3rd $400
Under 21 1st Sponsors Merchandise
0ver 40 Female 1st Sponsors Merchandise
0ver 60 Male 1st 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 .