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The race that stops a festival

Shell grit? Penalty! A cut in the oyster? Penalty! Human blood? Disqualification!

Australia’s Oyster Shucking Championships is one of the most unique races you will ever experience and it’s not just the Australian titles at stake, the winner is invited to compete at the World Oyster Opening Championships in Ireland in September!

Shuckers must be both fast AND tidy in their presentation. Oysters must be presented in the bottom shell, flipped and with the adductor cut. Once the shuckers open all their oysters and the clocks are stopped, judges take a closer look. Time penalties are added if the oyster isn’t sitting neatly in the shell, hasn’t been flipped or has shell grit inside the shell.

In 2023 we introduced the John Susman Medal, an honour presented to Australia’s Oyster Shucking Champion and a recognition of John’s longstanding support of the festival. One of Australia’s most eminent seafood authorities, Chair of Judges for the Sydney Royal Aquaculture Competition and all round legend, John’s lively commentary during the Championships is surpassed only by his contribution to our Ultimate Oyster Experiences (book your spot on February 6).

This event is proudly supported by Australia’s Oyster Coast, Australia’s largest producer of Sydney Rock Oysters.

Applications have opened for Australia’s Oyster Shucking Championships 2024 and close on Friday, April 26.

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Champion Oyster Shucker Sally McLean celebrates a win in 2021

2023

Men’s Competition

1 Gerard ‘Doody’ Dennis Eurobodalla 2:41
2 Jim Yiannaros Batemans Bay Oysters, Clyde River Eurobodalla 2:54
3 Greg Carton Broadwater Oysters, Pambula Lake Sapphire Coast 3:00
Jim Wild Jim Wild’s Oysters, Greenwell Point Shoalhaven 3:07

Women’s Competition

5 people stand together, the woman in the middle is holding a hige trophy and is flanked by two women wearing medals.
1 Sally McLean Jim Wild’s Oysters, Greenwell Point Shoalhaven 2:54
2 Sue McIntyre  Broadwater Oysters, Pambula Lake Sapphire Coast 3:13
3 Jade Norris  Farm Gate on Wray Street, Clyde River Eurobodalla 3:48

2022

Men’s Competition

3 men stand on a stage, each has a medal around their necks and the middle man is holding his young granddaughter.
1 Jim Yiannaros Batemans Bay Oysters, Clyde River Eurobodalla 2:390
2 Gerard ‘Doody’ Dennis Eurobodalla 2:391
3 John Yiannaros Batemans Bay Oysters, Clyde River Eurobodalla 2:43

Women’s Competition

A group pf women stand on a stage with their arms over each others shoulders. Some are wearing medals, they are all cheering for the winner.
1 Sally McLean Jim Wild’s Oysters, Greenwell Point Shoalhaven 3:04
2 Sue McIntyre  Broadwater Oysters, Pambula Lake Sapphire Coast 3:32
3 Jade Norris  Farm Gate on Wray Street, Clyde River Eurobodalla 3:33

2021

Men’s Competition

Two men are stading by a bench of shucked oysters. They are emb racing and congratulating each other on a good race.
1 Gerard ‘Doody’ Dennis Australia’s Oyster Coast Eurobodalla
2 John Yiannaros Batemans Bay Oysters, Clyde River Eurobodalla
3 Jim Yiannaros Batemans Bay Oysters, Clyde River Eurobodalla

Women’s Competition

Three women in a race to shuck oysters. The woman in the middle has finished and raised her hands in victory.
1 Sally McLean Jim Wild’s Oysters, Greenwell Point Shoalhaven
2 Sue McIntyre Broadwater Oysters, Pambula Lake Sapphire Coast
3 Pippa Boyton Merimbula Gourmet Oysters & The Oyster Barn, Merimbula Lake Sapphire Coast

2019

Men’s Competition

Oyster farmers Greg Carton, John Yiannaros and gerard Doody Dennis celebrate their win.
1 John Yiannaros Batemans Bay Oysters, Clyde River Eurobodalla
2 Greg Carton Broadwater Oysters, Pambula Lake Sapphire Coast
3 Gerard ‘Doody’ Dennis Australia’s Oyster Coast Eurobodalla

Women’s Competition

Three women stand, each has a medal and the woman in the middle has a shield. They are Sally McLean, Sue McIntyre and Jade Norris
1 Sue McIntyre Broadwater Oysters, Pambula Lake Sapphire Coast
2 Jade Norris Farm Gate on Wray Street Eurobodalla
3 Sally McLean Jim Wild’s Oysters, Greenwell Point Shoalhaven