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The Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club (SSCBC) has just won the prestigious Yachting Australia Club of the Year award, which certainly is a distinguished ‘badge’ to be worn.

Some new faces have had a significant impact since Commodore Andrew Plympton took the reins a while ago. They include a former Olympic coach and a round-the-world yachtsman. When combined with a reinvigorated Sailing Committee, there is now a more amenable and desirable on water offering for both male and female sailors of all ages. 

New procedures ashore have also helped too, yet overall it is great events, the efforts of both past and existing members, officials, volunteers and staff, along with a truly engaging community spirit, that have seen the club reach this mark.

Speaking with SSCBC’s General Manager, Phil Hall, we get to appreciate some of the feeling being enjoyed, “I have worked on the peninsula for 30 years. This current post has got to be the best job I have ever had! The people, the place itself, events and smiles just make it so worthwhile. This award is to be shared by the whole club and I sincerely hope that they also feel richly rewarded.”

Others from far away and also very local have sung the club’s praises recently. During last season’s Moth World Championship, Christopher Rast was one of the 40 international sailors billeted at members’ homes. After hearing of the win, he said via social media, “Our best regards and thanks to the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club for hosting an amazing event. The club, its members and all of the volunteers did an impeccable job. You totally earned this award.”

Now many felt upset after the sad burning down of Sorrento’s iconic, The Baths. Especially so for the wedding parties, some of whom were booked in for the very next weekend. Yet it has also highlighted the club’s depth and compassion. The Baths’ owners, James Gibson and Helene Johnson, had no problem expressing their sentiments; “We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the committee, staff and members for your tremendous support at this difficult time. The speed of response was fantastic and the couples were extremely grateful for this.”

So set your mark, take up their mantra to ‘just get people out on the water’ and come check out sailing for yourself. More information is available at 

John Curnow

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