Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic Ocean Swim

From: Sydney Festivals and Events 2016-2017

See also: Sydney Beaches

Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic
This incredibly tough Ocean race was founded in 1983 by the Cole family and has continued to gain in its popularity and has the reputation of being a challenging ocean race.

As a guide the Dee Why to Manly race is roughly 9 kilometers in length and travels along the coast past areas such as Curl Curl Beach, Freshwater Beach and Queenscliff Ba. As a guide to timing the event was won in 2012 by Lochie Hinds in an impressive time of 1 hour 51 minutes and 27 seconds.

Those who complete the race receive a commemorative medal and leading finishers also receive the highly sought after Cole Plate. The event is often used to raise money for charities and has several age categories that start from 13 to 15 years old and go up to the over 75's as well as team categories.

The Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic offers some great viewing for spectators and the finish line at Manly is always an exciting place to watch the swimmers complete the race.

The annual Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic usually takes place towards the beginning of February.

The 9km swim often starts from Dee Why and finishes at either Shelly Beach or Manly Beach, while the 1 and 2 kilometer races often start from Shelly Beach and finish at Manly.

Travel Guide
Manly beach is approximately 9 miles north east of Circular Quay, The Rocks and takes around 20 minutes to reach by car or taxi. Alternatively you can take a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Wharf.