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The Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club has joined forces with Australia’s leading official watch specialty store Watches of Switzerland and Swiss watch brand Panerai to stage a new sailing event.

The inaugural Watches of Switzerland Perpetual Sailing Challenge, held on February 12, saw more than 40 teams hit the water at the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club.

Watches of Switzerland , one of Australia’s leading official luxury Swiss watch retailers with more than 20 brands and more than 4000 references of Swiss watches, has described the event as a “rousing success”.

The event brought together a sailing club steeped in a long and proud history of traditional and high performance sailing, with a specialty watch store and a Swiss watch brand that both represent timeless quality.

The Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club’s sailing classes have changed over many years according to world trends and modern designs but many traditions remain and family participation is of utmost importance.

Couta boats use traditional sailing methods and techniques and do not rely on technological aides such as navigation systems.

The Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club was decked out in classic Italian fashion for the day of sailing and revelry, while guests of Panerai and Watches of Switzerland had the chance to see and handle some exquisite Panerai timepieces on display, before being treated to an Italian inspired lunch.

The afternoon’s festivities were hosted by television personality and long-time ‘Paneristi’ Hamish McLachlan, who introduced guests to Watches of Switzerland Chairman Eric van der Griend, Panerai’s Alban Fauchille and Club Commodore Andrew Plimpton.

Guests were invited to board spectator vessels for the afternoon to watch the action unfold as sailors competed for the prize of a Panerai PAM000 timepiece. The second division winner was awarded a Panerai Barometer, a rarely seen piece of machinery out of the brand’s Swiss factory.

Organisers say the event was blessed with “perfect weather and just enough wind to make the sailing exciting.

“We can certainly look forward to the next Watches of Switzerland Perpetual Sailing Challenge next year. There are big shoes to fill, that’s for sure,” they said.

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