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Jocelyn winning a heat, line honours SSCBC 2015 winter series Photo: Max Chester

The project was everything I hoped for from the outset, quality of build is superb and the boat was completed in a ’mely manner. Jocelyn is a gem to sail and handles without vices in all weather condi ons, she has proven to be extremely compe ve among the Sorrento Fleet. If you are considering a new Couta Boat I have no hesita on in recommending the Wooden Boatshop with the highest regard - Mal Hart.



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COMMODORE’S REPORT Welcome to the first post-season Edition of Tidings and Scoop Magazine for 2017.

Operations From an operational standpoint, the Club continues to deliver some of the best-resourced and well-organised sailboat racing on Port Phillip. Our operations team, headed up by General Manager Phil Hall and Operations Manager Adam Hawkins should be congratulated on the management of our Club and its activities. The competing demands placed on our Club, with such a large and discerning membership, requires a great deal of organisational capacity to deliver such a diverse range of services. Of course none of this would be possible without the input from our dedicated and skilled group of volunteers, who seem to show no bounds to their capacity for delivering the goods. Please make sure you thank and congratulate this outstanding group of members when you are at the Club.

Staying relevant At the beginning of this season your General Committee undertook to ensure the Club remains relevant for another generation of young families and up-and-coming sailors. We hope that, as this season draws to a close, members feel they have enjoyed exceptional value from their membership this year.

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general repairs, upgrades to existing equipment, as well as considerable capital expenditure on new equipment. Front and foremost among that capital expenditure was the new “Tally”, our No. 2 Start boat/Course laying boat. We also purchased a new Club bus. The new bus was immediately deployed with the introduction of a new bus service. The new service ran all day during the peak summer season and was well utilised by many members. As many as 69 people a day chose to leave the car at home and take the Club bus for their day at the beach. In addition, we continued to deliver the after dinner courtesy bus service as usual.

Exciting developments Club Captain Drew Marget, assisted by Scott Llewelyn, introduced some exciting developments for the Junior and Youth Training Program and have proposed a new SSCBC Sailing Academy for next year. During this last summer they also introduced an Optimist “Rent then Buy” scheme which was a standout success. The scheme is likely to be expanded to include other classes in an attempt to build participation in our off-the-beach fleet.

Congratulations also to new Head Coach Dave White and his team on the program delivered this year.

WOW – outstanding! The WOW Active initiative delivered outstanding results, both financially and more importantly adding a distinct new dimension of active and interesting pursuits for half the members of our Club. Charlotte Barnaby has done an extraordinary job developing these sailing and social activities for a broader group of members. Together with Olympic sailor Sarah Blanck, they have revitalised the Women On Water program. Keep an eye out for more activity details in coming e-Tidings newsletters.

Sponsorship Sponsorship continues to make a substantial contribution the funding of our Club operation. Congratulations to Vice Commodore Max Chester, and Committee Members Shaun Chalmers and Charlotte Barnaby for their diligence and attention to this important element of the Club’s business.


COMMODORE’S REPORT professional administration across all areas of operation and need to provide appropriate accommodation in a manner that will serve our staff and members into the future.

The Clubhouse In the last Tidings, I advised a task force had been established to plan to update the Clubhouse and surrounds. The Infrastructure Sub-Committee, Chaired by Rollo Wright, in consultation with Club Architect Bruce Henderson, has put an extraordinary amount of work into reviewing the Club’s future operational, administrative and social requirements, with particular attention on the Clubhouse and its immediate environs. Any project of this nature needs to ensure the facilities continue to meet the demands of an increase in member participation in the range of activities on offer. Front and centre among those requirements will be the provision of facilities to support enhanced training services, capacity to host major world class regattas and obviously, continued growth in our general learn-to-sail coaching services for both juniors/ beginners, as well as adult sailors wishing to develop their sailing skill set. There is also a desire to do away with the need for the marquee that is erected on the hardstand each summer. 02

Your Committee is intent on seeing this area returned to its intended use, that is, as a boat park for the off-the-beach sailors in our Club. Any plan to renovate and/or extend the Clubhouse will need to include all the functionality of the marquee’s summertime use. In the past the Marquee has served as a focal point for regattas, operated as ‘Below Deck’ dining and hosted major sponsor and social events. The proposed plan will provide an expanded outdoor picnic space, lawn forecourt, BBQ and presentation area to the west. The new facilities will ensure we are able to host our largest functions, such as the KPMG Day, all on the one level and at the same location. Next summer will mark the 20th year hosting the KPMG Day. It will come as no surprise to many members that we need much more operational storage space for each of catering, administration and sailing operations. Any new additions will need to include storage areas and a service area for boat and bus storage during the winter months. When the Clubhouse was replaced we had a part-time manager and bookkeeper. Today we run a completely

Additionally, the facilities update will refocus on the history and heritage of our Couta Boats – the fundamental element of our Club that sets us apart and that will underpin our continued success. Given the infrastructure and standard of services we now provide, the Committee is keen to see facilities designed to encourage use of the Club well beyond the six-week summer peak and Saturday racing. Your Committee has reviewed and refined the brief for expanded Clubhouse facilities and recently endorsed concept plans for further development. Preliminary costings have been prepared and the Committee is exploring various funding mechanisms, however the expectation is that the project will be funded largely from reserves and future income. Prudent financial management is at the core of the Committee’s approach to updating facilities to meet member demands. At the time of going to print, we are very close to publishing drawings and an artist’s impression of how the finished project might look, with a view to applying for planning and other approvals later this year. Stand by for more details to be made available shortly.

Our Strategic Plan An invigorated Strategic Plan has been drafted in order to help the General Committee focus on a new set of priorities, including the allocation of financial and management resources. The Executive and General Committee believe that the new Club Strategic Plan will help reset the agenda and support operational and organisational decision making. We have reflected upon our Club values and used these in crafting the many initiatives that we have developed. SSCBC TIDINGS AUTUMN WINTER 2017

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COMMODORE’S REPORT Our Master Plan is made up of six main groupings; Infrastructure, Sorrento Sailing Academy, Couta Boats, Sorrento Family Beach Club, Club Governance and Administration. Within these are 15 portfolios that make up the Club’s plans. We have identified eight must-do tasks that the General Committee shall achieve during the year; Safety Management Plan, Clubhouse Master Plan, Implement Stage 1 of the Clubhouse Redevelopment plan, commission a member research study, implement a structure of portfolio plan, launch the Sorrento Sailing Academy, launch the Sorrento Family Beach Club and develop a new set of Club Rules. In all, the General Committee will be working on many initiatives that we believe will achieve our Club’s objective, amongst other things, to be a world class, family friendly sailing Club that is the home of the classic Couta Boat. This review was recently completed by Ralph Wilson Jr and will be published next month.

A new partnership I am pleased to announce a new partnership with Hart Marine of Mornington, who will sponsor a newly developed “Secondary Schools Program 2.0”. The Schools Program has been a very important activity for the Club. It has been an outstanding success for 15 years, thanks in no small part to Trevor Martyn, Norman Creighton and Murray Homes and the many others members who have taken an active part over that time. With some formal guidance and a clear pathway, the Secondary Students who participate will now be faced with a clearly defined pathway. The Club will now help further their employment opportunities and allow access to more formalised training and apprenticeship prospects.

Following the rules In January, the Club briefed our legal advisers, Hunt & Hunt with a view to updating our Rules & Bylaws so they are consistent and comply with the

Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012. The General Committee has committed to a timeline that will see the Draft Rules distributed to members in late June. We will provide adequate time for members to review the Draft Rules and invite submissions from the membership regarding any changes. Our brief to Hunt & Hunt was to ensure our Draft Rules maintain the critical elements of our existing Rules. After a period of review, members will be required to vote at a Special General Meeting with the New Rules as the only item on the agenda.

A great showcase The SSCBC continues to work closely with the Couta Boat Association in delivering its goals and objectives. This year’s National Championship will be hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Pittwater NSW. It will be a great showcase opportunity to further expand interest in our fleet of classic fishing boats.

Thank you I would like to thank Susie Di Pierdomenico for her work as House Chairman. It was a great summer of social activity and we look forward to a fresh new approach in the dining room with Damm Fine Food taking over from Sorrento Catering Co. Club Treasurer Philip Mellett and Club Secretary Philip Wise have both made an outstanding contribution in their respective roles. I cannot thank them enough for their support this season. Once again, I wish to congratulate all those younger Club members and their families who travel far and wide to compete at national and international regattas. It is amazing how well represented our Club is on the world sailing stage. Congratulations one and all. Richard Hurley SSCBC Commodore



CLUB CAPTAIN’S REPORT Summer’s end By the time of reading this publication, another summer season of sailing will have drawn to a close. However there will still be much activity around the Club, with several junior sailing programs and regattas being conducted and the popular Couta Boat Winter Series, all of which will conclude on the June long weekend.

Fun, Fair & Safe sailing To review the season in simple terms the word FUN comes to mind. The mantra of “Fun, Fair and Safe sailing” was established by our Sailing Committee some years ago when evaluating our sailing programs and protocols. This was to ensure that all of our sailing activities were focused on the enjoyment of our sport and to emphasise the importance of the sporting nature of how we all go about engaging in the competition. Like all sports and yacht racing is no different, having respect for our fellow competitors is of paramount importance if the experience is to be enjoyed by those participating. From a safety point of view, this goes without saying, however for our sport to be fun we must all show respect for our fellow competitors, the racing rules of sailing, race management


teams and support staff. Being more informed about the boats we sail, how to properly rig them, how to trim and tune them and how to obtain optimum performance, also makes the experience far more enjoyable, less stressful and more rewarding. Our junior sailors are introduced to the rules of sailing as part of their coaching programs and the delivery of the message is measured and integrated into the teaching process. The idiosyncrasies of the boats they sail and how to maximise their performance is also part of this process. All of our youth and advanced sailors familiarise themselves with the racing rules on an ongoing basis as part of their training regimes and utilise them during competition. For the rest of us, the onus is squarely on our shoulders

to familiarise ourselves with the Racing Rules of Sailing and to gain information on how to sail our boats more efficiently.

Couta Conversations To that end, an initiative was introduced early in the season, driven by Vice Commodore and Sailing Committee member Max Chester, to conduct several “Couta Conversations” sessions. These sessions were conducted over four Saturday mornings and were designed to cover a variety of topics ranging from annual maintenance and boat setup, sail management and trim, yacht racing rules, strategy and tactics and was to finish off with an on water session which was unfortunately abandoned due to bad weather.


CLUB CAPTAIN’S REPORT A special thanks to Andrew Skinner, Wayne (Moose) Johnson, Mark Rimington, Peter Gale, Ben Fels and Adam Hawkins for conducting these very informative and valuable sessions. I believe they were welcomed by all and I have no doubt our sailors are more informed and therefore able to compete at a higher level and with more confidence.

important if our sailing programs are to continue to prosper. To that end, may I thank all of the parents of our junior sailors who have consistently supported and involved themselves in our junior sailing programs and it is wonderful to see such a great group of families that are now an integral part of our Club and its future.

I am pleased to say that in general, our Couta Boat racing has been very competitive but importantly, our on water conduct has been excellent, with very few incidents, less angst and fewer protests. And Fun! We will no doubt be conducting our Couta Conversation sessions again next season and I encourage all sailors to attend and gain a valuable insight into the many facets of our great sport and the art of sailing our iconic boats.

We also hosted a number of class State Championships over the March long weekend, which although at times challenged our resources, was a great success. The regatta held over three days was for the 420, 29er, 49er, 49er FX and Tasar classes, sailed on two classes. A variety of sailing conditions were experienced over the three days however a full complement of races was completed for each class and the feedback the Club received from all of the class associations involved was that it was an overwhelming success. The quality of our race management team, event organisation and the welcoming nature of our Club made for a fabulous weekend enjoyed by all. A word of congratulations to our management teams, our Race Officers Mark Lloyd and Adam Hawkins and to all of our volunteers and staff that made the weekend such a success and once again proving that we are world class at hosting large and complex sailing events.

Sailing & more sailing Our sailing calendar was certainly a busy one and there were few weekends when we didn’t host an event of some significance. Our dinghy sailors had an excellent program and our racing was generally well patronised. A sharp increase in numbers in our Sailing Pathways coaching programs resulted in many more of our junior sailors racing on a regular basis. We also had many of our junior sailors travelling to events around the state with much success, the results of which were reported in our weekly newsletters. Congratulations to the many young sailors and their families for making the effort to travel to various events representing SSCBC and gaining extremely valuable experience racing in large fleets. I have mentioned previously of the importance of parental involvement in their child’s sailing activities. Whether it is simply encouraging them to go for a pleasure sail, engaging in the Sailing Pathways program via a volunteer role or making the effort to travel with their child to a regatta, parental involvement is vitally 06

Swarmed by WASZPS! The Club was also besieged by a swarm of WASZPS over the summer. I don’t mean that literally but I am sure you have all noticed these mini Moths speeding around our waters during the season. These new and innovative foiling yachts have taken the sailing scene by storm and our Club is reflective of this phenomenon. We are fortunate to have one of our great young sailors, Harry Mighell working as a design engineer with the company that designed the WASZP and he is intimately involved in the design and development of these

boats. With Harry’s assistance we were able to secure the loan of four demo boats at the Club for a period of time. Our sailors immediately fell in love with what these exciting boats have to offer and for the first time in a while, we have found a catalyst to enthuse and invigorate the many dinghy sailors we have at the Club, looking for an exciting boat to get them back on the water. We are looking at ways to cement SSCBC as the Port Phillip home of the WASZP which will further invigorate racing for this group of sailors, many of whom are coaches in our various programs.

Couta Boat racing The Couta Boat calendar was also jam packed. From the kick off with the Wooden Boatshop Series in early November until our final races held in late April, our fleet numbers were very good. We had some changes to our racing program with the addition of some new events and changes in the makeup and location of others. The GANT Portsea Cup was as always well patronised with strong fleets in both divisions. A special event being the 35th running of the race, the conditions were certainly testing for all sailors with an extremely light breeze and as often the case off Portsea, a very strong tide. Congratulations to Tim Phillips sailing Muriel, Col Mitchel on Rhapsody and Bernie O’Hanlon on Mystify for their 1st , 2nd and 3rd placings respectively. A fitting and well received victory for Tim who has worked tirelessly for so long to re-invent the class and provided much of the impetus for its continued success.

The Sorrento Regatta The Sorrento Regatta featuring the |Peroni Sorrento Cup was sailed for the first time in 103 years. SSCBC was thrilled to welcome back this iconic regatta to the sailing calendar after such a long period of time. SSCBC TIDINGS AUTUMN WINTER 2017





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CLUB CAPTAIN’S REPORT There is some perception that our fleet numbers have dwindled somewhat over the past few seasons however this is actually not the case. We are all aware that there are challenges ahead if we are to grow and invigorate our fleet, however this season realised more boats racing than in the past few seasons. The CBA welcomed James Mighell as its new President prior to the season and I know James is keen to work with others to find ways to continue this process. The Sailing Committee is also committed to work with the CBA in all elements of its charter to continually review and improve the sailing program where possible, implement sensible and measured change to the class rules where required and to find ways to attract new sailors to the class.

A great team! Being the second oldest sailing trophy on the bay and having its roots well embedded in our local waters, it was a fantastic day for all involved and we also welcomed Peroni as a major sponsor of the event. The unwavering determination by Ralph Wilson to resurrect this regatta and his being able to secure the original Sorrento Cup to be held at the Club on behalf of its benefactors, the Erlandsen family, gave background to what will now be a major event on the Club’s calendar for years to come. Ralph also organised three magnificent antique trophies for the handicap winners of each class. The race provided an opportunity to trial the splitting of our Division 1 Couta fleet into A and B fleets based on handicap.


On the morning of the race, the fleet was split in half with both groups having their own start and competing with boats of similar handicap for the win. It was a popular trial and certainly provides food for thought for the Sailing Committee when considering the make-up of our racing program for next season. Congratulations to the three winners, Chris Jackson sailing Jocelyn in Mal Hart’s absence in Division 1A, Merv Baird on Leeuwin in Division 1B and Andrew Creek on Duchess for Division 2 honours. There is no doubt, being the first to have their names engraved on the trophies in 103 years will be a great honour for all of them.

We are in an enviable position at our Club to have been able to assemble what is a great sailing operations and management team, led by Phil Hall. Adam Hawkins stepped up to the important position of Sailing Operations Manager prior to the beginning of the season and has done a fabulous job in his role. His knowledge and ability to manage all aspects of the Club’s boating operations has raised the Club to a new level and his capabilities and efficient style have been evident throughout the season. We were fortunate to be able to recruit David White from far away Ireland to fill the newly created position of Sailing and Development Manager and Head Coach, hitting the ground running in early November.


CLUB CAPTAIN’S REPORT a great success with over 60 participants and some 48 boats. The weather was perfect and the management of the event was first class, the result of which was a great time had by all. Congratulations to Sarah and her team of Emma May, Charlotte Barnaby and Jorja Crowe for managing these great events so efficiently and I am sure they will become an integral part of our program in the years ahead.

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David was well known to some of our dinghy and junior sailing fraternity, having spent time here in Melbourne several years ago in the State Optimist class coaching program. When we began the search for a suitable candidate to fill the position, David was a clear choice and we were thrilled when he accepted the offer to come and work with us on a three year contract. His presence was felt immediately and his work over summer to continue to develop all of our coaching programs and work closely with our group of Club coaches has had fabulous outcomes for all involved. The vast amount of knowledge and IP he brings to the Club has been invaluable and the growth in our junior sailing programs, increased participation and satisfaction levels of all of our stakeholders is certainly proof that we have made the right choice. We look forward to further strong growth and development in all of our sailing activities in the years ahead under David’s and Adam’s guidance. I must also make mention and congratulate all of our Club coaches on a doing such a great job during the season. Under David’s guidance, the quality of coaching, commitment to the job and care taken in nurturing all of our 10

junior sailors was commendable. The results are quite evident in the increase in numbers on the water we are seeing, but importantly the development of all of our junior sailors over the season has been amazing.

WOW, what a success

Our Race Management teams as always did an amazing job and I thank all of our volunteers who worked tirelessly over the season both on and off the water on behalf of all of our membership. Running races in our neck of the woods is never an easy task, with varying wind conditions and an ever present influence from strong tides, our racing was always well managed and our courses well laid. Also to our great team of bosuns who continue to get better at what they do under the guidance of Adam. Thanks again for your enthusiasm and passion for the job.

The WOW Active partnership with Sarah Blanck was launched prior to the season and was another great success story for the Club. The collaboration between the Club and Sarah, a two time Olympian and three time Laser Radial world champion, to create this wonderful brand, provided an innovative and exciting new initiative specifically tailored for women. The events included yoga, group fitness training and paddle boarding – all held at the Club.

Congratulations to the many sailors who once again represented SSCBC both locally and overseas in various regattas and events. We are very lucky to have such a committed group of sailors eager to continually test themselves at the highest level. As a Club, we are committed to supporting them and importantly to uncover the next generation of elite sailors who wish to travel the world representing SSCBC and our country on the big stage.

We were also fortunate to have Sarah bring her very successful Sarah Blanck Regatta to us which was conducted over the weekend of the 4th and 5th of March and run under the WOW Active brand. This all female regatta provided on and off water coaching sessions as well as providing great racing in the afternoons, supported by a number of leading coaches. The regatta for women, run by women was

In closing, may I thank all our members for the support they have shown for our sailing management teams, the Sailing Committee and importantly for getting out on the water and having fun. After all, that’s what it’s all about. See you next season. Drew Marget SSCBC Rear Commodore | Club Captain



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» Racing at national andd international levell » Laser (4.7, Radial, Full Rig), 470,, 420, 49FX, 49er and 29err » Ages 15-21 yrss

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» Racing at Club and state level » Laser 4.7, Radial, 420, 29er » Ages 15-18 yrs


» Racing at national levell » Optimists & Minnowss » Ages 11-15 yrss


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» Beginning the journey at Club and state level » Optimists & Minnows » Ages 7-14 yrs


» Learning how to race at Club levell » Optimists & Minnowss » Ages 7-12 yrss

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» Tackers 1 (20 hrs) & 2 (20 hrs) » Ages 7-12 yrs

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» Holiday programs (10 hrs) » Ages 7-12 yrs

TRAINING CENTRE REPORT The Training Centre has had a great summer period with a very active schedule keeping the sailors, parents, volunteers, coaches and bosons. I would like to thank them all for what has been a very successful summer and the Club simply would not run without your help.

Training Courses Since I arrived in late November I wanted to focus my attention on grass roots sailing and work my way up to understanding the majestic Couta Boat. The first task was to update the Sail & Play courses. Working alongside Mark Tonner Joyce we developed the new training syllabus and coaching manual to maximise benefits in the SSCBC environment. The feedback the Club has received has been very positive and with a few tweaks we can do a better job in the 2018 summer. Over the six summer courses SSCBC put 237 kids through a high quality sail and play program, which is an outstanding credit to our dinghy instructors who had the right balance of fun and learning. This will be carried over to younger sailors with the new Cara Na Mara course, which is aimed at 5, 6 and 7 year olds. One of the primary aims of the Club is to convert as many of the 237 kids into the Green fleet and further more into Couta Boat sailors along the track. One of the new initiatives was the Optimist lease charter program. The sailing committee gave permission to buy 4 new Optimists which Club members could rent (for $400 per month). If the sailor and their family like the Optimist, the rental paid is reduced off the cost of buying the boat which made it a great stepping stone. All four boats have been sold along with another 4 Club member boats. On that note, if there are any dormant Optimists lying around the Club that you would like to see sailed again, please get in touch with me at the office and I will try find them a new home. 12

With these initiatives I am very pleased to say that our Junior fleet has increased from 12 Optimists in Course 1 to 32 signed up for February through to April courses, who are regularly training. Furthermore, SSCBC had 18 sailors travel to the final Lidgett Trophy which took place in February. As great as our training and structured time on the water is, the greatest moment for me over the summer was seeing a bunch of Opti mates go out on their own for a cruise down to the Baths, which is now occurring on a regular basis. The group has doubled in size, and now even tripled, which is just awesome to see. This has led to the creation of the Free Sailing Guide, thanks to Ben Fels. This guide tells people the steps to take in order to go on the water without a direct coach boat with you. 1. Check the weather (make sure the conditions and future conditions are what you are over comfortable with) 2. Understand the limit marks where to sail 3. T ell a staff member and show you understand the weather, tide and limit marks 4. Have someone on shore supervise with a radio just in case assistance is needed 5. If you are to practice capsizing, tie up to an unoccupied mooring so you don’t drift 6. Have fun.

Summer racing The summer racing season kicked off at RBYC with the George Mac Regatta followed by the world Sailing Cup Final which was a great set up for the National Championships which took place in various classes in South Australia. SSCBC had many sailors represent the Club with over 25 sailors traveling interstate. We had a number of state champions in the Club over the March long weekend and I would like to congratulate them all for their effort representing their Club and state in their respected classes.

A great reason to get that new car! Don’t forget, for every Mercedes-Benz sold to a SSCBC member or associate of SSCBC through Brighton or Mornington dealerships, $500 is donated back to the Club’s Training Centre to further develop our junior sailing program. Thank you to Mercedes-Benz Brighton and Mornington for their ongoing support.

The Club is trying to facilitate any on water activity to encourage 16+ year olds to stay active in sailing. SSCBC has linked up with the new upcoming foiling WASZP and has had several demo days ranging from free foiling sailing to fun running races. Another activity that has worked really well has been team racing. The format that we have been running is having coaches and more advanced senior sailors as helms and the juniors as crews, with other juniors looking after race management. They have been working towards the Victorian State Team Racing Titles where SSCBC are sending 6 teams (comprising 40 members) which make up just short of half the teams. The measure of success of the Training Centre in my opinion is to get as many sailors moving from one boat into the next and build up a solid foundation of skills along their journey. I think the Training Centre is going in a great direction and I look forward to implementing more fun activities in the next season, such as a fun day sail followed by a camp at Rye for a night and raft building days. On a personal note, I would like to thank everyone for welcoming me to the Club. In particular, I would like to thank Mary Paula and Rob for hosting me over the summer. Dave White Head Coach & Development Manager





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HOUSE REPORT Spruced! What a great season this has been! We have implemented new aspects to the Club that have been met with an enthusiastic response from the members. During last winter we spruced up the Club with a lick of paint and Jos Law re-hung the trophies in the members’ lounge. We were then lucky enough to add new furniture supplied by our wonderful sponsor, Coastal Living, to create a very comfortable and welcoming space. The Galley was updated at the same time with new cabinets and roller door. Thanks to Adam Hawkins for the lovely olive trees which give us a gorgeous Italian feel. Another innovation was the Below Deck family dining in the Marquee. It was wonderful to see so many families staying at the Club when the weather was beautiful, enjoying eating together with other families.

A great line-up of events

A big thank you to all who donated gifts and services including Mercedes-Benz Brighton and Mornington, Ross Nichols from Coastal Living, Karli Crowe, Emia Fashion, Jos Law, Pam McLeod, Olivia Stewart, Siren Jewellers, Emerald Hill Hotel, Lemonade Factory, Barry Iddles and many more.

A fond farewell... and a welcome It is with great sadness that at the end of this season we wish our catering partner for the last 11 years, Barry Iddles and his Sorrento Catering group, farewell. Barry is a Club favourite and we wish him well with his many ventures including 360Q at Queenscliff, Elk at Falls and Tarnuk at Cranbourne Botanic Gardens. Barry is one of the most generous people I know, he will always put his hand up to support charity. I was honoured to help out at the inaugural Skinny Duck and I am continually inspired by his can do attitude and amazing work ethic. Good luck to our dear friend.

After a long process we have certainly discovered that Melbourne is indeed the gastronomic capital of Australia. The committee interviewed many talented chefs, caterers and restaurateurs. We have secured the service of well known caterer and radio restaurant critic, Georgina Damm and her Damm Fine Food group. Georgina stood out to us during the interview process as we felt she understood our Club and will slot in beautifully. She has been a major player in Melbourne food society since starting Damm Fine Foods in 1996. She is also known to many as Honey Galore for her appearances on the breakfast show on 3AW. Georgina is a very approachable and warm person and is looking forward to meeting members and thrilling our taste-buds with her divine culinary creations. So in closing, we are in the process of planning some fun events over winter so we will keep you informed via the weekly newsletter. Susie Di Pierdomenico

There were many social events this year, including the Annual Golf Day, the inaugural Summer Drinks party, Durance Ladies Lunch, Commodore’s Cocktail Party, Jazz Night, WOW Active program and the GANT Portsea Cup Shed Party to name a few. The Durance Ladies Lunch was a lovely day and we were able to donate the proceeds to our charity partner this year – Ovarian Cancer Australia. Thank you to Ovarian Cancer Australia Ambassador Nicky Buckley, for sharing her story of her mother’s journey with ovarian cancer, and also inspiring us as a group to be aware of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. The event would not be the same without our sponsor, Durance Australia and the divine Sara Langford. Their generosity is amazing. The gift bags are certainly the loveliest and best scented I have ever received. SSCBC.COM.AU



WOW Active was held in January this year and proved to be a great success! Women of all ages enjoyed fitness in the sun on and off the water. WOW Active was designed to provide women with an experience on and off the water to entice them to be active at the Club and to sail. This year SSCBC has been very fortunate to have the wonderful Sarah Blanck as the ambassador for the program. Three times Olympian, Sarah and her team provided extensive knowledge, fun and fitness to the WOW Active movement. Sarah, it was such a pleasure working with you and we look forward to our partnership in the years to come and creating the WOW factor together! Three fitness events were organised to cater for women of all ages including sessions of yoga, F45 fitness training and SUP boarding.


The format of each event was similar, with the main difference being the style of each session which were carried out near the ‘Below the Deck’ marquee with the fitness session being on Lavender Hill for the yoga and the F45 and SUP boarding directly in front of the marquee on the beach. The fitness session was carried out for 45 minutes, followed by a delicious breakfast in the marquee. SSCBC would like to thank Barry and his team for the food and beverage for each of the sessions, and for getting up super early to provide brekkie for all! SSCBC created ‘theatre’ at the events by organising ‘pop up’ shops, including brands from Karlie Crow and Emia who are well-known in fashion. DJ Rutherford was also involved at each event and provided ‘hype and vibe’ to each session.

Participants could exercise, have breakfast, shop and be pampered by Endota Spa, a perfect way to start your day in the holidays! A sponsorship agreement was undertaken with Endota spa (Williamstown and Yarraville). Beauty therapists were available at each event along with a presentation of their product and in store ‘look’. Participants were able to sample product as well as receive a hand massage or shoulder/ neck massage. Endota spa provided each participant with gift bags which included hand and foot lotion, a voucher and sachets of product. Endota spa also provided photographs that we utilised on the WOW Active Instagram and SSCBC Instagram and Facebook pages. These photographs were beautiful and a very good selling tool to engage participants. Generous support from Club members Mandy and Andrew Gray from Raw Materials along with Ross and Lou Nichols from Coastal Living strongly supported each event. Once again, SSCBC would like to thank our sponsor, Endota spa and supporting partners for their contribution and support for the events. Your products were so appreciated and a very generous gesture. SSCBC engaged Brodie Harper, Channel 9 Postcards presenter, to host the fitness events. Her experience and flair in communicating to the participants was excellent as was her delivery of the key messages for all events, particularly highlighting our sponsor and major partners, with details of their products.


An extensive PR and marketing strategy was undertaken to entice members and non-members along with a media release that was written and dispatched in November 2016 to announce the WOW Active concept. This was distributed to local and metropolitan newspapers and magazines with a full page editorial written in the Mornington Peninsula Magazine December issue. A WOW Active Instagram page was set up with a daily post in the lead up to and during the program. This was a great foundation to start the WOW Active ‘movement’. Key messages were also communicated through the SSCBC website, Facebook and Instagram.

Brodie’s support of these events on social media saw our WOW Active initiative reach her 15.1k Instagram followers. Kylie Clark was the photographer for each event. Pictures were captured of the set-up of the event, the fitness session, breakfast and the interaction of the pop up stores and DJ. Kylie’s photographs were of a very high standard and will be used for future promotional material.

Flyers were created and distributed through Endota spa Williamstown and Yarraville stores. Along with distribution through supporting partners, local primary schools, cafés and the Club. Emanuella from Emia posted several photographs and videos of the events reaching approximately 9,000 followers. Overall, the fitness sessions were enjoyed by all participants, providing a new extension to WOW Active.

The other major part of the program was the sailing, with two sailing days held in January and the response was fantastic. Women of all ages enjoyed sailing with our well trained instructors in the pacers. Both mornings consisted of sailing in pacers and on Couta Boats. We look forward to WOW Active being incorporated into the Club calendar again next summer. Go girls! Charlotte Barnaby, Sarah Blanck and Jorja Crowe SPONSORED BY ENDOTA SPA YARRAVILLE & WILLIAMSTOWN

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Day 1 was blown out and the Race Committee (RC) decided early to abandon racing for the day and Friday’s re-sail was likely to be used. Day 2 was rescheduled to an 1100hrs start and racing got underway with a beautiful 12 knot northerly. Half way through the race the breeze dropped and then swung and the RC jumped to shorten Div 2 at the top mark and Div 1 at the gate in an attempt to salvage a race result, if possible. At the gate, Volunteer displayed S Flag over Pennant 1 and lined up to get the first two boats times as they crossed the new finish line (the gate) and then picked up the right gate mark on her bow so that boats would not try to finish between her and one of the gates. The rain came in to white-out the fleet and a few that appeared though the rain were confused by what they saw with some finishing between Volunteer and the previously positioned finish mark astern of her. There was no improper action by the RC, but the obsolete finish mark was promptly removed. With the rain squall the breeze swung and boats were now beating to the leeward gate to finish. It became clear that from observation and reports from the course that the breeze had flipped the positions of a lot of boats and it was unfair to those with lower handicaps, that had not been able get on the new breeze. The thunder got closer and it was getting dangerous. After considering the consequences for all boats, the RC abandoned and sent the boats ashore to await further signals.

Volunteer remained on the course waiting for the weather to settle down to attempt more racing when a severe weather alert was issued by the BOM, so Volunteer returned to moorings. Storm cells ended up passing us on both sides and once they passed, Volunteer was out on the course again, hunting a stable breeze. AUTUMN WINTER 2017

Around 1515hrs it looked really promising and the AP/H was lowered ashore. Boats were given a bit of extra time to get out the course and at 1600hrs racing got away. Three boats were OCS and only one did not return. The breeze built to 18 knots on the last leg and the fleet headed ashore. Up in town, the weather had not been so kind with flooding and damage across Melbourne. Friday’s forecast predicted little breeze for the 1000hrs start and many boats believed the statistics. Volunteer was out on the course early to get the actual conditions and at 0920hrs announcements were made that there was breeze and racing would start when it settled to a steady direction. This caught out a few boats that didn’t envisage a suitable racing breeze and were late leaving for, and arriving to, the race course. Two quick races were fired off with clear starts in great conditions. Three laps for Div 1 and two laps for Div 2 with downwind hook finishes enabling the RC to roll into the next sequence with just a brief respite for the crews to gather themselves; with the best weather of the season, this was not a day to stop for lunch. For the third race the flood tide had built and was ascending up the Sorrento elevator, dragging the fleet to and across the line, the pin was obscured when the 1 minute signal was made. The RC discussed blowing the start with an AP but the line was true. It was startline fever for the whole fleet. With fingers crossed, the 1st substitute was in hand and the RC held on to the start signal when the start pin appeared astern of the fleet bar one. All boats on the course side were identified in accordance with rule 29.1 and an individual recall was signalled. The radio announcement took a moment to sink in for most of the fleet. “Individual, individual recall for all boats except C70”. A cheer erupted from Jennifer and the Couta Boats eased sheets and returned to the pre-start side of the line.

The annual GANT Portsea Cup breakfast was held under the KPMG marquee and a very good turn – out attended to listen to the life-story of Robert (Bob) Clifford founder and Chairman of Incat Australia. Incat is world renowned for its’ construction of fast lightweight passenger and vehicle ferries and is based in Hobart, Tasmania. Bob was interviewed by our own very entertaining Andrew Plympton. It was a fascinating insight into this business which is so important to Tasmania’s economy. Naturally, Bob is also a Couta Boat owner and sailed with Tim Phillips on Muriel to win the 2017 GANT Portsea Cup.

Kate, having been too high on their approach had to abort their start and circle around, then sailed past Volunteer at speed and clear air and although 20 seconds late, effectively won the start with unique style. With good speed, clear air and owning the right hand side of the course, Kate was set up to take second place in the race and seal her victory in the series with a 2 – (6) – 6 – 2 score line, dropping her 6th in race 2. The Div 2 start was delayed a few minutes with so many of Div 1 boats heading back to restart. Div 2 had seen the effect of the tide in the previous race and they were all careful to stay back from the line. Morning Star got a great start and never looked back, winning the race and taking out the series with an impressive (2) – 1 – 1 – 1 scoreline; The first race proved to be a great warm up! Back ashore, the deck was abuzz and apart from one spectator, the crews were unanimous that the individual recall for the fleet was the right call. It was pretty clear that a general recall would only have succeeded in adding a bunch of UFDs and BFDs to boats’ scores and it had already been a long day.

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Centenarian Couta takes out GANT Portsea Cup The man responsible for the resurrection of the vintage car of the sailing world, the Couta Boats, raced his own 100 year-old Muriel to a handicap win in Saturday’s 35th GANT Portsea Cup hosted by the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club. Division 1 handicap and heritage honours went to Tim Phillips’ Centenarian Muriel and Rhys Tucker’s Morning Star (built 1935) top scored in division 2, while Malcolm Hart’s Jocelyn set the quickest time around the course. Light and fickle eight knot easterly breezes off Portsea’s Quarantine Station on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula separated the 45-strong fleet early on and made for leisurely and sometimes frustrating progress, which in turn set up a second weather challenge – an outgoing tide that cost some the chance to record a finish time.

“We were racing all the other competitors but the greatest competitor was the tide,” Phillips said. “The Sydney boys reckon it’s like sailing in a river entrance, and they are probably right.” The laid triangle course race of 7 nautical miles is the event of the year for the popular Couta Boat class. It’s the day most owners prepare methodically for and bring their best crew combinations to, from Olympic gold medallists, around-the-world yachties and Sydney Hobart winners to everyday sailors. Class president James Mighell said afterwards, “The GANT Portsea Cup is our big annual race and tends to attract very good sailors sprinkled across the front end of the fleet. Handicaps get tweaked with loadings in the morning, depending on which hot sailors are on which boats. The strong ebb tide added another dimension this year.”

Also belying the class’ old school façade is the ultra-modern practice of on-water umpiring, which sorts out infringements as they occur rather than later in the protest room, and keeps things very gentlemanly. Chief umpire Ben Fels and his colleagues handed out three penalties during the 2017 GANT Portsea Cup, two of which involved Muriel and David Currie’s Bella, the latest Couta Boat to be built to an original design by Tim Phillips’ Wooden Boat Shop at Sorrento. The penalty tally was one apiece. Phillips is only the third owner of Muriel, his custodianship spanning 30 years, and before him Andy Johansen’s ownership stretched a lifetime – 65 years. Phillips knows the story of the boat’s launch well: “The date was March 5, 1917 and the original owner Gus Johnson thought he might have to choose between the birth of his son and celebrating his new pride and joy’s first taste of saltwater, but he managed to attend the birth of the lad in the morning and the launch in the afternoon.

They were the bitter and divided years. It was a pretty thin time and there must have been a lot of misery in the papers about WWI and the deaths on the Somme. They were dark days in Australia when Muriel was built and launched,” Phillips reminisced. “She’s a lovely old boat and with a fifth over the line on Saturday we like to think we are competitive for line honours as well. We had a good team on for the GANT Portsea Cup including Robert Clifford of Incat fame, Chris Maxted who was on Perpetual Loyal for the Sydney to Hobart and David Ham, a very good Flying Dutchman sailor.”

Wagtail and Lucy take out Couta States The Couta States were scheduled over the Labour Day weekend at Mornington, with the final heat to be sailed in conjunction with the Queenscliff Fishing Boat Festival. The regatta began with a light airs passage race that eventually started off the Rye Pier, racing to Mornington Harbour. Conditions were very tricky and patience prevailed. After close to three and a half hours Bella was first home in Div 1 with Jennifer taking out the chocolates. Morning Star beat them home in Div 2 with Lucy winning the race. After convivial drinks we regrouped on Sunday morning and the wind was hooting in from the north east. But the weather models all had it dropping out so eventually the fleet was sent out for a 1130hrs start. The wind cramped dramatically quickly and finished in a drifter. Wagtail was first across AUTUMN WINTER 2017

and took out the double while Lucy won for the second day in Div 2. Many boats could not complete the course within the time limit so the day was called to a close. Whilst the weather had been a little disappointing, the CBA is most grateful to MYC for hosting the regatta and to their manager Rod Austin for the hospitality. The final heat was sailed in the waters off Queenscliff on Saturday 25th March, again in lightish airs. Jocelyn was first across in Div 1 with Kate continuing her excellent season run to finish first.

Morning Star had her third bullet in Div 2 as did Lucy on Handicap. Results can be found at but congratulations to both Lucy and Wagtail for becoming the 2016/7 State Champions. Skins

Phillips is one of the Victorian owners committed to trucking his boat to Sydney in October for the class’ first nationals to be held outside the state, and he’s hoping for a combined Sydney/Melbourne fleet of 30. Second in division 2 on Saturday January 7, 2016 was Colin Mitchell’s Rhapsody and third went to Bernard O’Hanlon’s Mystify which pulled off a daring port tack start, executed perfectly until a right wind shift foiled the skipper’s plan to cross in front of all the starboard tackers and steal the early lead. Rhys Tucker kept his focus and gained enough speed advantage with Morning Star in the last leg to wrap up the division 2 win, beating Mal Bamford’s Harriet and Graham Cunningham’s Fiona on corrected time. “You have to keep concentrating right until the end” Tucker said. He skippered his father’s Couta and beat his dad, who was crewing on board Joan, to the finish line by a place and three places on handicap.

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CBA members fly the flag at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival

It was great to attend the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart during February. President James and I flew in for the weekend and were warmly welcomed with a cold beer by Tim and Sally on Storm Bay. Rafted up to her were the beautiful Tideways and Mary Mine. Jane Kerr was there too as was Minindi and Torea, Lady Kaye and Steve Wirtz with his new boat also. The CBA once again hosted a cocktail party at the Henry Jones Art Hotel. It was pretty well attended, but probably time we moved on to a new venue after three successful gatherings there. Melinda Piesse had an exhibition of her amazing Batavia Story tapestry at the nearby University and it achieved a lot of publicity. On the following page of this issue is a snapshot of the history. To everyone who took the time to take boats to the Festival, it was wonderful to be a spectator on the dock. Hopefully in two years I can join you there with the Gullwing.


A stitch in time the island of Texel in northern Holland on her maiden voyage, bound for Batavia, (now Jakarta) the VOC entrepot at the heart of the rich spice trade in the colonial Dutch East Indies. The flagship of a fleet of seven ships, Batavia was under the command of the VOC’s Senior Merchant, Commandeur Francisco Pelsaert. His subordinates, the Junior Merchant Jeronimus Cornelisz and the ship’s Master, Ariaen Jacobsz, would later emerge as the ringleaders in a plot to seize Batavia and use her arms and cargo to found a pirate base from which they planned to attack the gold and silver-laden Spanish and Portuguese galleons returning home from the South American colonies.

After six years of meticulous handembroidery the highly acclaimed Victorian textile artist Melinda Piesse has at last completed her masterpiece, an enormous mural in wool and fine silk appliqué on linen, vividly depicting the events surrounding the wreck of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) flagship Batavia off the West Australian coast in 1629. The exhibition of the 3m x 5m sail-shaped mural promises to be one of the highlights of the 2017 Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart this month. Bruce Stannard had the privilege of a preview at the artist’s studio on the Mornington Peninsula. Melinda Piesse has long had a profound fascination with shipwrecks, seafarers and pirates. Not the hideous Hollywood caricatures with their outsized earrings, bandanas and lashings of camp black mascara, but the real buccaneers, the cruel and desperate men (and women) who between the 17th and 18th centuries, succumbed to an unquenchable lust for blood, booze and booty as they seized and plundered treasure-laden ships on the high seas. And in the annals of piracy they don’t come any more terrifying than the acts of barbarity – rape, mass murder, infanticide and more – perpetrated by the rampaging madmen among the crew of the Dutch East Indiaman Batavia, wrecked on the Houtman Abrolhos off the West Australian coast in 1629. Why a shy and sensitive person like Melinda should concern herself with such a mayhem remains something of a mystery, even to the artist herself, but we must all be thankful that for her Master of Arts degree at Monash University she chose to depict the Batavia AUTUMN WINTER 2017

shipwreck and to tell the tragic, heroic story through the high art of her remarkable tapestry. Her work is not only beautiful; it is minutely accurate in every historical and nautical particular. And for that she gives due credit to the experience of her husband, the master boat builder and rigger Wayne Parr, manager of the Wooden Boat Shop in Sorrento. Wayne not only advised Melinda on details of rigging, flags and sails of historic ships, he also built her the lovely 3m x 1m embroidery frame and the light box that dominated the living room in their Mornington home come studio during the project. The result of their collaboration is an entirely realistic depiction, so much so, that viewing the enormous tapestry is a bit like being a latter day ‘Alice stepping Through the Looking Glass’ into a storybook world where the embroidered images take on vivid lives of their own. It is all rather unsettling, especially to one who knows the dreadful details of this truly grotesque true life story. Few Australians would be aware of the Batavia saga so let me quickly recount the story as told in Western Australian historian Hugh Edward’s excellent book Islands of Angry Ghosts. The 1,200 ton Batavia was built in Amsterdam in 1628 as the flagship of the VOC, which was then the wealthiest and most powerful trading company in the world. She was 56.6 metres between perpendiculars, 10.5 metres on the beam, and had a draft of 5.10 metres. She set 1,180 square metres of canvas and was armed with 24 cast iron cannon. Her complement, 341 men, women and children, were no doubt well aware that she was deeply laden with silver specie and valuable trade goods. On October 27, 1628 she departed

Cornelisz, a bankrupt pharmacist from Haarlem was a devotee of Johannes van der Beer, a painter-heretic who espoused an anything goes belief in sexual freedom, a philosophy punished by the full wrath of the deeply conservative 17th century Dutch Protestants who tortured him and sent him into exile in England. After their departure from the Dutch colony at the Cape of Good Hope where the fleet was resupplied, Jacobsz deliberately ordered that Batavia be steered off-course, taking her away from the other ships of the VOC fleet. Jacobsz and Cornelisz had already gathered around them a small group of disaffected soldiers and arranged for an incident designed to trigger the mutiny. This involved the indecent assault of a high ranking young woman passenger, Lady Lucretia van der Mylen, who was on her way to join her husband in Batavia. Masked men held her by her ankles upsidedown over the side of the ship. The assault was a calculated attempt to provoke Pelsaert into harsh disciplinary action against the crew.

A stitch in time


Their idea was to paint his discipline as harsh and unfair and thereby encourage more sympathetic crew members to join the renegades. Although Lady van der Mylen subsequently testified that she recognised the voice of the boatswain Jan Evertsz as one of her attackers, Pelsaert, who was suffering from some mysterious illness, took no action. But then, on June 4, 1629, Batavia, under full sail on a moonlit night and in calm seas, struck coral at Morning Reef, in the Wallabi Group of the Houtman Abrolhos, off the north west coast of what was then New Holland (Western Australia). Forty were drowned when they abandoned the ship, however everyone else was safely ferried ashore in Batavia’s longboat and yawl. After an initial survey found no fresh water and only sea lions and sea birds on the islands, Commandeur Pelsaert with Skipper Jacobsz and all of his senior officers took the nine metre longboat to the arid mainland coast in search of water. Having discovered none, Pelsaert undertook a daring and hazardous journey north toward the only possible source of rescue at Batavia. In what still ranks as one of the world’s greatest open boat voyages, the longboat and all her crew survived to reach the Dutch settlement at Batavia after 33 days at sea. There, on Pelsaert’s evidence, the boatswain, Jan Evertsz was executed for “negligence and outrageous behaviour” for his involvement in the loss of the ship. Batavia’s Skipper Jacobsz was arrested and imprisoned. The VOC Governor General at Batavia immediately gave Pelsaert command of a small yacht, the Sardam, and ordered his return to rescue the survivors and punish the pirates. Indian free-divers from Gujarat were sent with him to help salvage Batavia’s precious cargo which included two chests of silver coins (Rijksdollars) and other art treasures. Unfortunately, Pelsaert took 63 days to make the return voyage. During his prolonged absence the megalomaniacal Cornelisz and his followers seized the opportunity to establish their own powerbase.

Dressed in looted finery and plumed hats, they went on an unbridled rampage of murder, rape and plunder fuelled by alcohol looted from Batavia’s shattered hold. In a diabolical plan to improve their own chances of survival, Cornelisz had disarmed the VOC soldiers and ordered them to search for water on the “high island” now known as West Wallabi Island, a desolate limestone cay where he assumed water would not be found. However, the soldiers did find water and set about building defensive fortifications once they learned that Cornelisz’s henchmen had slaughtered over 100 of the shipwreck survivors, including women and children. The mutineers’ expected Pelsaert would eventually return and their aim was to seize the rescue ship, execute her officers and set about their new lives pirating the Dutch East Indies. The mutineers’ ‘Captain General’ Cornelisz did not bloody his own hands but gave orders for executions and drownings which his henchmen needed no encouragement to carry out. When the Sardam eventually appeared on the horizon there ensued a desperate race to be the first to board her. A loyal soldier, Wiebbe Hayes took a small boat and came from West Wallabi while Cornelisz’ henchmen attempted to intercept the Sardam first. Fortunately, Hayes reached the ship just before the mutineers, alerting Pelsaert of the pirates’ plan. As the mutineers came within range of the Sardam’s guns, Pelsaert called upon them to surrender, an order they promptly obeyed without a shot being fired. They were immediately seized and interrogated. After the briefest of drumhead courts, gibbets were erected and each of the mutineers was quickly hanged. As befitted the enormity of his crimes, Cornelisz suffered the further punishment of having both his hands struck off at the wrists before he too was hanged. After so much bloodshed, Pelsaert eventually relented when it came to two teenage soldiers who had been part of Cornelisz’s gang. Wouter Looes and Jan Pelgrom were instead marooned on the mainland, near Kalbarri, at the mouth of the Murchison River, where they were instructed to make contact with the indigenous people. No trace of them has ever been found. How Melinda Piesse slept at night with all these gory details not only running through her head but taking on a life of their own on her embroidery frame, I really cannot imagine. The result of her six years of meticulous attention to detail is now there for everyone to see.


If the exhibition at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival is a success, and I have no doubt that it will be, Melinda hopes that the tapestry will go on a touring exhibition, throughout Australia and perhaps around the world. We must all hope that it does so and that she receives the recognition she so clearly deserves.

For further details on Melinda Piesse’s artwork visit her website

This article appeared in the magazine ‘Afloat’ February 2017.

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The overall winner of the 2016 Etchells World Championship is John Bertrand (AUS) with a crew of Paul Blowers (GBR) and Ben Lamb (AUS). “It’s been a roller coaster ride.” said Bertrand winning his second Etchells Worlds at 69 years of age. “This is a team that was only put together for the worlds and it is so nice to gel together and get better and better. Tom Slingsby was on the bow when I won in 2010, this year, we have Ben Lamb, who grew up with Tom, and he has been incredible this week. Paul (Blowers) 24

knows these waters so well. Winning the worlds is fantastic because of the people who compete, there are sailors from all over the world and from every aspect of the sport. Thanks should go to the organisers and supporters of the Etchells Worlds, especially David Franks who should be running every world championship. They have produced a fantastic, well run and very enjoyable event.” Runner up at the Etchells Worlds for the second year in a row, was Steve Benjamin (USA), representing the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, with a crew of Michael Menninger, Ian Liberty and George Peet (all USA). “The best team won, you can’t say fairer than that.” said Benjamin. “I love coming to Cowes, it is one of my favourite places to sail anywhere in the world and this week, we have had a real mix of conditions, well done to John and his team, they deserve it.”

Third was Noel Drennan (AUS), representing the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, with a crew of Brian Hammersley and Andrew Mills (both GBR). Race 9 was won by John Bertrand’s team. In 2nd was Pedro Andrade (POR), with a team of Henry Bagnall and Charles Nankin, representing the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, Germany. In third place was Ante Razmilovic (GBR) representing the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Italy, with a team of Chris Larson and Stuart Flinn. The Justerini & Brooks Champagne Reception was held at the Royal London Yacht Club and the Grand Prize Giving & Gala Dinner at the Royal Yacht Squadron. Credit: news/article/bertrand-on-top-of-the-world


SARAH BLANCK REGATTA SSCBC hosted the third Sarah Blanck Regatta this year with 60 female sailors making the most of the women and girls coaching event. This year’s event was supported by 10 female sailing coaches including six Australian Sailing Olympians. 2016 Rio Olympic Silver Medallist, Lisa Darmanin and Rio Olympian, Ashley Stoddart both travelled to Victoria for the regatta which provided a program for participants that included on and off water coaching. The Race Management team was brilliant and included SSCBC members and women from Melbourne clubs. I was thrilled with how the event unfolded, the weather was amazing, all of the coaches were accommodating, the race team were supportive and encouraging and we had such a diverse range of participants who were all extremely motivated and willing to learn. The event would not have been such a success without the devotion from SSCBC staff, and a very big thank you to Jorja for being by my side all weekend, the SSCBC Committee for taking on the regatta and the bigger picture of WOW Active. I cannot thank you all enough for your time and energy. The Sarah Blanck Regatta was a part of a broader strategy, firstly to accommodate participant demand and also secondly to encourage women and girls to be physically active, The Sarah Blanck Regatta sits under the umbrella of the WOW Active events which were launched this summer at SSCBC. The aim is to provide opportunities for women and girls to be physically active and social in Club life, this year SSCBC offered, yoga, SUP, group fitness and sailing. There was a clear path, where women were able to gain confidence in being active on or by the water and enjoy participating in the variety of events, some chose to join one event and it was exciting to see many enjoy the opportunity to join every event offered, including the Sarah Blanck Regatta. Sarah Blanck



STATES AT SSCBC SSCBC hosted the Tasar, 49er FX, 49er, 420 and 29er state regattas over the long weekend in March. Sailors travelled from near and far with many interstate sailors coming down to SSCBC for what was a big weekend of racing. The SSCBC Race Management team along with onshore and onwater volunteers took advantage of the perfect sailing conditions to provide the 86 boats and 172 sailors 54 races over 3 days on two 2 courses. Mark Lloyd and Adam Hawkins led the two on water race management crews to successfully provide an amazing weekend of sailing. The feedback has been fabulous and the classes are looking forward to returning to our Club in the future. Winners Nicholas Joel / Hugo Llewelyn 420 Class from SSCBC Dance / Chris Jeremey Elmslie Tasar Class from Mordialloc Sailing Club Harrison Sly / Brandon Demura 29er Class from Sandringham Yacht club Tess Lloyd / Elisa Sulley 29er FX Class from SSCBC Sam Phillips / George Davies 49er Class from SSCBC

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The History of The Sorrento Regatta The regatta was held in two principal divisions, one for yachts and one for fishing styled sailing (Couta) boats. Later in 1908 the regatta broadened to include races for motor launches which was most popular. Throughout the years, festival type events in addition to sailing were held. Aquatic sport events comprised the greasy pole competition, swimming races, diving, sea-horse races, rowing dinghy races and even an umbrella dinghy race for gentlemen with their ladies. Early sponsors were the Continental Hotel and the Sorrento Hotel. Spectators journeyed from Melbourne on the steamers Hygeia and Ozone to be part of the fun. The idea of holding a regatta at Sorrento was a popular discussion amongst yachtsmen and local fisherman alike over five years from 1887 to 1891 culminating in the first documented race held in 1892.

the regatta starting often at 8.00 am from the Breakwater Pier, Williamstown on Easter Friday to race down to finish at the Sorrento pier, with some of the fleet not finishing until after nightfall.

The Sorrento Regatta was always raced in the waters off the Sorrento pier spanning 22 years from 1892 to 1914. It was sailed each year during Easter. The regatta grew in popularity with many city yacht club members entering with the first race of

The local supporters of the regatta formed a club called the Sorrento Regatta Club, perhaps linage to the Sorrento Sailing Club and its transition to the now Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club. So our SSCBC has heritage back to 1892, wow.

After the Sorrento Regatta concluded on Easter Saturday, many yachts and boats sailed across to Geelong on the Easter Sunday, ready to take part in the Geelong Easter Regatta commencing the following Easter Monday. This was a popular undertaking, however, disaster was to strike in 1899 when the Queenie and all her crew of seven were lost at sea the day after the Sorrento Regatta, when she set off from Sorrento for Geelong where they were to compete in the Geelong Cup the following day. In 1905 there was much excitement when a 10 foot long shark was spotted during the time of the regatta, just twelve yards from the bathing boxes on the Sorrento foreshore. By 1909 the Sorrento Regatta had become a great success and was widely regarded as one of the most successful regattas held outside Melbourne. The Motor Launch Race grew in popularity and entertainment and picnics were held at the Sorrento back beach after the regatta; the throng of party-goers enjoying the tram ride up the main street to the back beach.



Congratulations Congratulations to all who participated in the historic racing of The Peroni Sorrento Cup held on Saturday 4th February. This was the first time in 102 years this historic race had been sailed. Peroni generously provided stylish polos and caps for couta boat skippers, crew and staff, as well as a refreshingly ice cold Peroni for sailors as they came ashore. The weather was hot, and despite the wind disappearing for a short while, a decent breeze kicked in to produce some competitive sailing. The results were:

Some of the fishing boat names that had good success were the Mermaid, Thetis, EGM, Queenie, and Venture. And some of the more interesting names to race were Nymph, Lulu, Athlete, Volunteer, Scud, Nepean, Cooeeana, Two Sisters and even Swastika.

We were thrilled to bring this once popular race back to life in February 2017, 102 years after it was last sailed and we pay tribute to the sailors and supporters that served and supported the war effort of World War I which bought this fabulous sailing event to its untimely interval.

No regatta was held in 1915 due to the outbreak of World War I (1914-1918) when leisure time activities were curtailed as a show of respect to those men and women serving and by the Australian community who were then on a war-footing.

Ralph Wilson, SSCBC Member


Div 1A 1st 2nd 3rd

Jocelyn Bella Margarita

Div 1B 1st 2nd 3rd

Leeuwin Matilda Cloudy Bay

Div 2 1st 2nd 3rd

Duchess Claire Joan

For more information on the history of this iconic SSCBC event, keep an eye on our website for the full history, photos from the early days and more. Thank you to Ralph Wilson who has dedicated a lot of time to researching and writing this material to ensure this important piece of Sorrento’s history is not lost.


PRESENTATION NIGHT 2017 After another enjoyable and competitive season of racing, the winners of our Club Championships and other various regattas were all worthy recipients and deserving winners. Once again all of our winners sailed consistently and it was great to see that two older boats in our Division 1 fleet taking out both line honours and handicap trophies in our Club Championships and proving once again that we all have an opportunity to win on any given day. The Tucker domination continued in Division 2 with both teams sharing the spoils on most occasions. Congratulations to all of our winners and we look forward to another busy and fun season at SSCBC. Results as follows:

Club Championship

Passage Race Series


Div 1 1st: Jennifer Richard Brearley 2nd: Whisper Stephen Gillon 3rd: Kate Ralph Wilson

Div 1 Overall Winner: Kate Ralph Wilson 2nd: Georgia Jeffrey Richardson 3rd: Leeuwin Peter Osbourne Line Honours Champion: Wagtail Cam Miles Div 2 Overall Winner: Morning Star Rhys Tucker 2nd: Claire Stephen Davies 3rd: Joan Rob Tucker Line Honours Champion: Morning Star Rhys Tucker

GANT Portsea Cup Div 1 Handicap Winner: Muriel Tim Phillips Line Honours: Jocelyn Mal Hart Div 2 Handicap & Line Honours: Morning Star Rhys Tucker

CBA Mercedes-Benz Mornington National Championships Div 1 1st: Kate Ralph Wilson 2nd: Cheviot Sam Haysom 3rd: Leeuwin Peter Osbourne Line Honours Champion: Wagtail Cam Miles

Div 2 1st: Sarah Alex Zadnik 2nd: Claire Stephen Davies 3rd: Morning Star Rhys Tucker

Tornado Foreignor Trevor Gray and Ivan Powell

CBA Victorian Championships Handicap Div 1 1st: Wagtail Cam Miles 2nd: Jocelyn Mal Hart 3rd: Mystify Bernie O’Hanlon Line Honours: Wagtail Cam Miles Div 2 1st: Lucy Michael Golding 2nd: Fiona Graham Cunningham 3rd: Morning Star Rhys Tucker Line Honours: Morning Star Rhys Tucker

Yanmar Trophy: Club Captain’s Award Claire Stephen Davies

Div 2 1st: Joan Rob Tucker, 2nd: Morning Star Rhys Tucker 3rd: Claire Stephen Davies Line Honours Champion: Morning Star Rhys Tucker SSCBC.COM.AU



Thank you to all members, guests and sponsors for attending the inaugural Summer Drinks night on 29th December. It was so much fun and such a pleasure to have you come along to the first annual Summer Drinks party at SSCBC. A night to remember for so many reasons. Thank you especially to our sponsors: • Peroni for beverages and special mention to the Peroni boys! • Special thanks to Entourage Finance for their support and attendance and to our

major supporting partner Coastal Living for their beautiful furniture. • Thank you to Tori Allen Events, DJ Rutherford and to our acoustic guitarist Pete Miller. Dancing, cocktails and a fantastic night to catch up with friends and family to start the summer at the SSCBC 2016/2017. We look forward to seeing you next year, same date, same place for another fun night together. We will always remember dancing to George Michael’s ‘Freedom’!

Nav Rally A beautiful day was held on the water for the annual Nav Rally for wooden launches. The fleet of 12 boats enjoyed near perfect conditions in the waters off Sorrento and concluded with lunch on the Western deck. Thank you to all who participated. The results were: 1st Richard Toye in Grace 2nd Milton Green in Sandpiper 3rd Peter McKeand in Menindee



SUMMER EVENTS Mercedes-Benz Drive Day Thank you to Mercedes-Benz Brighton for supporting Ovarian Cancer Australia with their Drive Day held on Friday 10 March. 12 lucky participants hopped on the bus from Sorrento to Moorabbin, then drove in the beautiful Mercedes-Benz vehicles from Moorabbin to Yabby Lake where they enjoyed a delicious three course lunch. From the nimble and popular A-Class through to the high tech executive S-Class and performance AMG, they had everyone covered. Participants then hopped back onto the bus from Yabby Lake to SSCBC. $3,500 was raised for Ovarian Cancer Australia. Thank you to Mercedes-Benz Brighton for their ongoing support.

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Gen Y Day... Next Generation Sailing Such a beautiful day to be out on the water. Thanks to all who participated and enjoyed a fabulous afternoon back on the deck. A special thanks to those who supported the event: Tonya Grimshaw-Lloyd The Wooden Boatshop CBA and SSCBC To Sam Phillips, Sally Law, Harry Mighell and Georgie Skinner... thank you for organising a great day. We look forward to doing it all again next year!

Andys Antics Thank you to Andy’s Antics who has entertained the children around the Club on numerous occasions throughout the season. From the moment Andy arrives he has the children (and adults alike) enthralled and following his every move. From beach games to water bombing, music and general hilarity, Andy delivers good old Aussie entertainment every time. Check out the sheer delight on the kids’ faces in these images.



SUMMER EVENTS We raised $6,330 for the Good Friday Appeal!

Our donors included Damm Fine Foods, Hotel Sorrento, C99 Joan, Lightfoot Wines, Baked in Sorrento and Sorrento Catering. Special thanks to Prosser’s Seafood at Rye for the fish and calamari, supplemented by Moose’s gummy shark. To Tonia and Mark Lloyd with Tonia’s secret mussel recipe and great fresh mussels from Harry the mussel farmer at Flinders.

At the annual Couta Boat Catch a Fish & Cook it Day on Good Friday we raised a substantial $6,330 for the Children’s Hospital Appeal – an amazing result once again. This event is growing as a significant event on our calendar, and I encourage everyone to get involved next year.

Championed by Rob Tucker and his sidekick Tony Westcott it was very well organised thanks to their team of volunteers, and Club Manager Phil Hall and SSCBC staff. There was spirited and generous bidding on our auction prizes, and thanks everyone for opening your wallets.

To our tireless chefs Phil Mellett, Peter Wishusen, Don Campbell, Terry Francis, Gary Whitten, our servers Westcott Family, cashiers Ann Wishusen, Agnes Campbell and Anne Tucker, bartenders Colin Bibby and Nick Lightfoot jobs well done. To our fishing fleet that departed at 8am many thanks April, Tideways, Morning Star, Lucy, Viking and Sea Mist. Altogether, just another fantastic Good Friday on the Western Lawn. Skins

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SUMMER EVENTS Melbourne Indigenous Transition School SSCBC was delighted to host a group of 34 students from the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) for a ride on Couta Boats and timber cruisers on 19 February. Brought about through SSCBC member David Heaton’s position as Board Member at MITS, the Club was thrilled to be able to offer students a sailing experience on Port Phillip Bay. MITS has developed a new model for education of Indigenous students from remote and regional communities across Australia. Each year 22 Indigenous boys and girls (around Year 7 age) come to live at the MITS campus in the Vaucluse, Richmond. Each day they to go school inside the Richmond Football Club, where they study an intensive curriculum focused on numeracy and literacy. MITS provides a warm home-style environment that celebrates culture and understands the challenges of transitioning from remote community to big city. At the end of their MITS year, students move into scholarship positions at high-performing Melbourne Partner Schools. Throughout their MITS year, every student is involved in extracurricular activities at Partner Schools, providing genuine transitional learning for both student and school. An initiative by dedicated individuals within the education sector and the Indigenous community, MITS receives standard Federal and State funding as a registered school, and is also


be supported by its Partner Schools and private benefactors. Now in its second year, MITS aims to bridge the gap between remote and capital city standards, executive officer Edward Tudor says. “Often a step from a home community to a big Melbourne school was just too great,” he says. “Each of the students at MITS has the innate capability to go well at school, but sometimes they haven’t had the opportunity to really soar academically.” MITS was founded by Edward’s parents, veterinarian Liz Tudor and Rick Tudor, the former headmaster of Trinity where Junior now goes to school. Both of them have spent a lot of time in Indigenous communities, including Gunbalanya. Edward says they noticed an increasing demand for greater opportunities. For students, MITS is much more than a school. It is a warm, nurturing environment in which students are encouraged to embrace their studies, explore and celebrate their identity, and make the most of all that life in inner-city Melbourne has to offer. Thank you to the skippers who donated their time and boats to give the MITS students a day out on the water. Just the smile on their faces says it all.


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Say hello to... In this issue we say hello to a student from Padua College, Rosebud who first became involved with the Club in our Community Engagement Program and is now a boson at the Club. Edward Brownlee Age: 16 years old How did you become involved with SSCBC? I became involved when I heard about a 4 day course to get your boat license at the Club. It was a great experience, very informative and I would highly recommend doing something like this as you do practical training on boats with teachers and also theory from instructors at the Club. After I attained my boat license, I emailed the Club and asked about becoming a bosun. I committed to 40 hours of training and am now a bosun at the Club. What do you do at the Club? We drive members to their boats on moorings; we assist with maintenance to the Club’s boats; lay the course buoys for both Couta Boat and Dingy courses. Also we become rescue boats on the courses during racing and training. It is a lot of fun and it is great working with the team at the Club. What are your favourite aspects of being involved with the Club? The two best things are being around the people there, and of course, being on the water! And I love the fun stuff like driving the boats around. Do you have a favourite boat and why? My favourite boat is of course – a RHIB! I love these boats as they are very fast and manoeuvrable. They have a very simple cockpit and are probably one of the easiest kind of boats to drive. 38

What are the easiest and toughest part of your role at the Club? There are many aspects to the role of a bosun. The easiest would probably be ferrying the people to their boats, although whenever you’re onboard, it demands that you concentrate, especially on a busy summers’ day it can be quite tricky driving around the swimmers off the pier and in the shallows. Not to mention boats tied to the pier. The hardest would be setting the course as it involves some maths work laying at the right angle from either the start boat or another mark, and some physical work dragging marks or picking them up. Sometimes you can be under the gun laying the course on time. Although there can be long days and it can get quite serious at times, there are many fun times and I wouldn’t change any of it!

What are your personal interests? My personal interests include sailing and boating in general. I have a fascination on how things work such as ships, aircraft and other kinds of machines. I am obsessed with ships. And I love maths, science and history at school. I also love travelling (especially when a boat is involved) and learning new things. What are your career aspirations? Right now, my goal is to become a Navigator onboard a cruise ship and hopefully one day become a Captain onboard a vessel like that. I know it is a lot of work and study but I believe with hard work at and after school I can accomplish my dream of one day being in charge of a cruise ship. For now, I am just loving being a bosun at SSCBC.

What is the most interesting thing you have seen while out on the water? I wouldn’t say that I have seen anything strange but I have loved spotting the dolphins, seals and other marine life. I remember coming back from Portsea and a pod of dolphins came right alongside – something that other people pay for and here I am right next to them. It gets exciting when different kinds of vessels come past, such as naval vessels and ships carrying crazy things such as oil rig platforms from Bass Strait. It is also good fun when a large cruise ship comes by as these appear so massive. Do you have any funny stories about your time spent at SSCBC? There are many funny stories such as people falling in (although we laugh when no one is hurt or when they laugh as well), friendly laughter and bad jokes (mostly by me) are usually funny. No names mentioned of course…!


SPONSOR NEWS Thank you to all of our fabulous sponsors for their incredible support this year. Kicking off the season was the Wooden Boat Shop series pre Christmas, followed by the Yabby Lake Twilight series from Boxing Day. The CBA Nationals were proudly supported by Mercedes-Benz Mornington and Brighton, which despite ordinary weather for sailing, was completed using the provisional day on 30th December. A spectacular event worth mentioning was the GANT Portsea Cup Shed Party. Bringing back the traditional shed party, sailors and non-sailors alike enjoyed a beautiful night amongst the boats at the Wooden Boat Shop. Party goers were treated to a delicious display of oysters, incredible spit roast dinner with all the trimmings, live music, drinks, trophy presentation and loads of fun. This brought to an end a long day which started at 9am with the GANT Portsea Cup breakfast in the marquee, followed by the race itself, and then the GANT Portsea Cup Shed Party. Well done to all who lasted the distance. Many thanks to GANT for their support. The Durance Ladies Lunch raised over $10,000 for Ovarian Cancer Australia – see Susie’s House Report for a full run down. New to the Club sponsor board this year was Peroni, supporting the inaugural Summer Drinks event as well as the resurrection of the Sorrento Cup. We were also thrilled to assist with the transportation of the Peroni VIPs from SSCBC to the Portsea Polo, via David Currie’s spectacular boat, Transition, as well as Mal Hart’s Palm Beach 50 Florence and David Hendy’s Monte Rosa. Thank you so much to David, Mal and David for the generous use of their beautiful boats. Adam and the bosuns are to be commended for their professionalism, skill and efficiency in getting the Peroni VIPs on and off boats, onto the beach at Quarantine Station, without so much as wet feet most of the time. SSCBC.COM.AU


SPONSOR NEWS Not an easy task when it’s blowing a gale and most of the girls are in killer heels. Thanks guys. We couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather for the Pope’s Eye Cup which is proudly sponsored by Coastal Living. Club member, Ross and partner Lou, entertained their guests on the Western Deck that was styled in Coastal Living furniture. Sailors enjoyed post race catering on the Western Lawn which saw race winners presented with generous gifts by Ross and Lou’s gorgeous little boy, Sunny. Club Captain, Drew Marget, also took the opportunity to thank Ross and Lou for the generous support they have provided over the summer to events that were held at the Club including Summer Drinks in the marquee and the WOW Active events. Many thanks to all of our generous sponsors for their ongoing support. Members – please remember to support our sponsors as they support us. Max Chester and Hollie Hick Sponsorship

2016-2017 Committee, Flag Officers & Club contact details Commodore Richard Hurley

General Manager Philip Hall

Vice Commodore Max Chester

Sailing Operations Manager Adam Hawkins

Rear Commodore | Club Captain Drew Marget Club Secretary Phillip Wise Treasurer Philip Mellett Committee Scott Llewelyn, Charlotte Barnaby, Susie Di Pierdomenico, Shaun Chalmers, Rollo Wright


Head Coach & Development Manager Dave White Administration Manager Jorja Crowe Catering Manager Cathy Bastos Sponsorship Manager Hollie Hick Accounts Manager Rosemary Trevethan Sailing Administration Manager Ben Fels

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SSCBC Tidings Autumn Winter 2017  

Official magazine of Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club

SSCBC Tidings Autumn Winter 2017  

Official magazine of Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club