Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club is located at the southern end of the Mornington Peninsula and is easily accessible from Melbourne. The Club enjoys a very strong and friendly, family-based membership with large and competitive fleets of off-the-beach dinghies and catamarans, as well as large and active couta boat and keelboat fleets. The Clubhouse is a large and modern with extensive facilities and infrastructure which will be openly available to competitors, visitors and officials during the championship. With extensive deck for viewing, ample shower and changing facilities, catering and on-site function rooms and offices, the Club can easily accommodate the anticipated numbers attending the event.
The expansive lawns and sandy beaches allow safe, all-weather boat storage and a relaxed, comfortable environment for sailors, families, visitors, supporters, coaches and spectators.
We enjoy easy access from convenient boat and trailer drop-off area and free public car parks close to the beach. We can secure sufficient protected beach access within and adjacent to the Club’s leasehold land for launching and recovery and for trolley and boat storage.
With prevailing offshore sea breezes, flat water, ideal for competitive fast sailing conditions, Sorrento is a great place to sail a Moth. During summer months, there are many days when we are able to conduct racing when sea and wind conditions at the northern end of Port Phillip are too severe.
A wide range of single and family accommodation is available in nearby hotels, motels and foreshore or inland camping areas.
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Facilities available on shore
The Club features expansive decks and upper level lounges which look over the race areas so as to provide excellent spectator viewing over the entire course, and from a range of other vantage points close to the clubhouse on adjacent beaches and cliffs.
Numerous social functions for all competitors, coaches, family and friends will be arranged at the Club.
Yacht Club Bars
The clubhouse and bar facilities will be open and freely available for supporters and family members of competitors.
The Club employs a number of experienced, professional and dedicated full time and casual staff able to provide assistance to competitors at any time.
Free Internet Access
Free of charge internet facilities will be available for competitors at the Club, including computers and access to a wireless network throughout the competitors’ lounge.
A shuttle bus will be available for competitors use to and from selected pick up drop
Excellent facilities and conditions around the Club include:
• flat water, easy and safe launching, excellent prevailing ‘sea breeze’ winds and great climate
• ample beach space for boat storage
• clean white sandy beach for launching immediately in front of the clubhouse
• jetty, mooring and marina facilities available for on site storage of coach, media, race management and spectator boats
• close proximity to the heart of the Sorrento township including a range of accommodation options, shopping, tourism activities and attractions
• on site catering for breakfast, lunch and dinner within the clubhouse function room
• ample free car spaces and general public car parking
• access to public transport including buses and ferry services
• The successful and extremely popular junior sailing program conducted from the Club that regularly see large number of junior sailors enjoying themselves will be keen to be spectators
• an unparalleled fleet of more than 60 historic Couta Boats that provide a charismatic and friendly atmosphere to the Club and surrounds
Existing rooms and facilities comprising part of the SSCBC clubhouse will be used as a regatta office.
A room within the clubhouse will be fully equipped as a press office for local and visiting media.
A fully equipped and exclusive jury room is available at the Club for jury meetings and hearings.
PA systems at the Club allow announcements to be made to all areas.
Existing facilities within the clubhouse including disabled facilities and ample showers, toilets and urinals, will be made available for competitors as well as temporary facilities if required.
Competitors’ Marquees or Shelters
Undercover and weather protected areas will be provided at the Club for competitors for relaxation, socialising and shelter from the elements while not racing.
Breakfast, coffee, lunch, snacks and dinner are available.
The clubhouse will feature a large kitchen with full-time staff for the duration of the championships and internal and external serving areas.
The clubhouse has function room space for up to 220 people sit down or 300 people standing plus additional space outside on the decks.
There are additional outside BBQ’s and lawn.
Drinking taps supplying pristine safe drinking water are freely available throughout the rigging area for competitors to remain hydrated.
The Club will offer their facilities prior to and after the event as bases for
storage and training. These include briefing rooms with AV equipment.
Capacity for up to 200+ boats to be stored within the existing yard and on the beach with 24hr surveillance, lighting and bore water hoses for washing boats down.
Equipment left with beach trolleys and within the rigging enclosure will be safe from the general public while valuables may easily be stored within a secure storage area monitored by volunteers at the Club.
Existing rooms and facilities within the clubhouse will be used as a measurement hall for sails and registration.
Repairs and Parts
Ships chandlers, sail makers and boat repairers are located within close proximity of the Club. A sail maker will also be available on site.
Specialist parts will be available through an arrangement with KA Sails / Mach2.
The Club has available ample lawns and the beach for secure rigging areas during the event.