For the first time in its history, Mornington Yacht club hosted the Victorian 2017 Couta Boat Championships over the weekend of March 11 and 12. Approximately 30 yachts competed in two divisions. Saturday was a great day of sailing, with the yachts racing from Sorrento to Mornington. Sunday the weather did not start off kindly with 30 knot easterly winds, lightning and storms, which delayed the start. However, by the end of the race, it was a 2-5 knot southerly and bright sunshine! Competitors from Sorrento, Mornington and Queenscliff yacht clubs competed for the titles, won by: Line Honours Division 1: Wagtail C86, Cam Miles; Division 2: Morning Star C157, Rhys Tucker; Handicap Division 1: Leeuwin C134, Phil Cooke; and Division 2: Lucy C31, Michael Golding.
Mornington Yacht Club welcomes new members and offers beautiful facilities for sailors and non-sailors alike. There are sailing lessons available for children as young as six and twilight sailing during daylight savings months for those with little or no experience.
By Sonja Dowdle, Mornington Yacht Club