aQuellé Khula Ocean Racing Series

Season 20 kicks off 20th October 2024

Started in January 2006, the Ocean Racing Series is one of the largest family beach events in Africa and is unique to Nelson Mandela Bay - offering a fantastic way to stay fit in a casual, friendly and safe environment. Participants of all ages and fitness abilities are encouraged to join in the fun of the Series which is great for families.

Join hundreds of like-minded people once a month throughout Summer (October - March) in our beautiful City. Check out the event dates or download the Series Calendar from the link on the left-hand menu.

Come join the fun

Join as a Premier / Series Member or simply just pitch on the day as a Non-Member.


The Series continues to strive to be one of the most affordable water sport events in the country and offers 3 membership categories - Premier Membership, Series Membership & Once-Off participation.

Series Membership - once off online registration fee of R100 and daily discounted Race Entry Fee of:
Ocean Events - R100 (400m, 1km, 2km, 3km Ocean Swims)
Beach Events  - FREE (5km Beach Run, 5km Beach Walk, Khula Kids 1km Beach Run/Walk 10yrs and under)

Premier Membership - once off upfront payment of R1,000 for the entire Season. First 80 get an action loaded race pack including a Wimpy Coffee & Wimpy Mzanzi Breakfast EACH race day.

Non-Members (once off entry on the day) Race Entry Fees:
Ocean Events - R200
Beach Events - R50

*** Non-Members don't qualify for Overall Series points - to qualify participants must register as a Series/Premier member online prior to race day.

All disciplines run simultaneously so you choose which one you'd like to do on a specific race day (**400m swim will start at 08h45**)

All Swimmers are required to swim wearing the designated aQuellé branded swim cap relevant to the chosen discipline - available at a discounted R50.


07h45  Registration opens at Hobie Beach
08h45  400m Ocean Swim
09h00  3km Ocean Swim
09h02  5km Beach Walk
09h04  2km Ocean Swim
09h06  5km Beach Run
09h08  1km Ocean Swim
09h10   ViVKids 10 & under 1km Beach Run/Walk

09h45   1st Prize Giving - 400m Swim & Kids 1km Beach Run/Walk Overall Presentation & Lucky Draw for Kids

10h15    2nd Prize Giving - all other events Overall Presentation & Lucky Draws

PLEASE NOTE: The 400m swim is the only event which is run totally separate from all the other events.

Safety comes FIRST

It's KHULA to stay SAFE! - Whilst we encourage the use of the swimbuoy for all open water swimming, it is now mandatory that ALL swimmers 10 years and UNDER are required to swim with a SWIM BUOY at all Zsports Events. There are numerous resellers of such items around the country and Zsports also have in stock (click here to purchase from us)

Zsports Swimbuoy water float safe swimmer

Giving back

It's KHULA to GIVE BACK and we are EXTREMELY privileged to be able to enjoy and take part in events like the aQuellé Khula Ocean Racing Series in Nelson Mandela Bay. Many in our local communities don't have such opporturnity or means and it's through events like this that we'd like to try and leave a legacy in this City by helping the less fortunate.

To achieve this we have appointed Wings & Wishes to assist during the Series and ask for your support by way of donations. The Wings & Wishes volunteers will offer a free bag drop off zone on race days and oversee your belongings whilst you race. They will also manage a water table for the Beach Run/Walk events.

Through donations received during the Ocean Racing Series, Wings & Wishes are able to put this towards their local projects centred around transporting critically and chronically ill children to receive the lifesaving specialist medical care that they require. Your generosity on race days is greatly appreciated.

We also support the Sweethearts Foundation and encourage all partcipants and families to donate drinking BOTTLE TOPS and BREAD TAGS and bringing these on race days.

REGISTER TODAY (click here)

Africa's largest family beach event is unique to Nelson Mandela Bay