Community Engagement

Community Engagement

SSCBC’s Community Engagement Program continues to be an important part of our longstanding relationship with our local community. We engage with local schools as well as other community organisations to provide on-water and off-water programs throughout the year, as well as allowing other local groups to utilise our Clubhouse facilities, as detailed below.


Schools Program (Balcombe Grammar, Baxter Primary School, Keilor Park Catholic Regional College, Sorrento Primary School and St Joseph’s Primary School).

Each year, primary and secondary school children from around Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula, conduct their beach programs at SSCBC. Some attend the Portsea Camp; a local facility for disadvantaged, special needs and rurally isolated children. On their final day the students join us at SSCBC for an experience to visit the seals and dolphins. The Club also provide the students, teachers and volunteer members with a BBQ lunch on the lawn when they return from the water. Through the Club’s strong affiliation with the Friends of Collins Settlement, Club volunteers guide the students through the settlement, providing them with an understanding of the local history.

SSCBC also supports St Joseph’s Primary School by hosting their annual Oaks Day fundraiser. This sold out event generates significant funds for the local school.


Class Associations

SSCBC regularly provides usage of the Club training facilities and resources to accommodate class associations to run workshops, training and high performance sessions.

Club tower usage for on water safety and observation

SSCBC Members volunteer their time to oversee the safety and on management of our class fleet, Dinghy Sailing, Junior Sailing and Specialised training sessions. These highly skilled volunteers also assist and coordinate sea safety in the area through radio communication with boats, Race Management, other sailing clubs, Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad, Coast Guard, Water Police, Life Saving Victoria and other emergency services.

Community Meetings

SSCBC hosts a number of community meetings at the Club, such as the Fire Services Commission and Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.

Conference Facility

Some of our sponsors have enjoyed the bonus of conducting a staff meeting or conference at SSCBC. During our quieter months, groups have set up a conference environment in the Dining room, with tv screen, white board, buffet lunch and morning and afternoon tea. It’s certainly a beautiful location for a staff conference!

Friends of Collins Settlement

SSCBC is a member of the Friends of Collins Settlement and Committee Members attend the historical site information sessions, which provide an understanding of the facilities and resources available for public viewing. This in turn provides further scope for our Club volunteers who visit the site, as part of our schools program, to broaden students’ understanding of our local history.

Jetty and Rescue Services 

As part of our facilities SSCBC built and maintains a public access jetty which is used by many members of the community. SSCBC and local rescue services have working relationships which enables Club resources to be utilised if the need arises to support any on water incidences along with the use of tower and radio observation. This working relationship is pivotal to the community in times of an emergency and actively displays the sense of community.

ISAF Sail Melbourne

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup, part of the Sail Melbourne regatta, is the Oceanic leg of the International Grand Prix series for Olympic class boats. Sail Melbourne is hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club, with 800 competitors from 30 countries competing in 29 classes on six courses. Delivering this event is clearly beyond the resources of any single club. The organisers have for several years invoked the support of the other major clubs around the bay, generally teaming two or three clubs to manage a course. SSCBC is regularly asked to step up and run one of the major courses using our own resources.

Up to 30 of our Members willingly provide their time and resources to represent SSCBC at this prestigious event. Held in December over 5-7 days, the SSCBC Race Management team deliver a virtually flawless job in all weather conditions, which recently earned the highest praise from the senior ISAF representatives. Our preparation, training and delivery of race management was assessed as among the best to be found anywhere in the world – and the response from the 49er, 49er FX, RS-X Men and Women for the quality of racing provided by our mat h on Charlie Course was most gratifying. It is especially worth noting that our dedicated and committed Flag Officers lead from the front line in addition to their other commitments of time for the Club.

Kids on Coutas

Kids on Coutas is a highlight on SSCBC’s annual calendar. Couta boat owners and skippers join a large group of our junior Members for breakfast at the Club before jumping aboard to provide the children with the unique experience of sailing on a Couta boat to Portsea and back.

Ladies Long Lunch

On a summer’s day in early January, during the peak season at SSCBC, our Members organise the annual Ladies Long Lunch, held in the SSCBC Dining Room. This is a sold-out event which raises funds for a women’s charity every year through silent and live auctions, donations and raffles. Attendees are treated to a three course lunch, a glass of Pommery on arrival, live entertainment and guest speakers.

Charities supported in the past include:

2019 – Mary Jane Lewis Scholarship Foundation

2018 – Maddie Riewoldt Foundation

2017  – Ovarian Cancer Australia

2016 – Rosebud Women’s Refuge

2015 – Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club Patrol section

2014 – Rosebud Hospital

2013 – Sorrento Wig Library

2012 – Maddie Todd


Powerboat Handling Courses for Secondary Students

Each year, groups of students from Padua College and Rosebud Secondary College both spend 10 days at SSCBC undertaking a powerboat handling and marine safety program. The students are instructed in both theory and on-water rules, regulations and boat handling. The culmination of this course is the passing of their licensing requirements to obtain a recreational boat license. A Committee Member from SSCBC attends the Annual Excellence Awards night for Rosebud Secondary College to present a scholarship to those who have achieved notable results during the Outdoor Education Program. SSCBC also hosts the end of year Christmas celebrations for the staff of Padua College.


Close Working Relationships With Other Local Organisations

SSCBC is proud of its close relationships with other local sailing clubs, including Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron and Rye Yacht Club. We share best practices and collaborate to conduct on-water activities that meet the needs of each of our Clubs. This spirit of goodwill enables us to work together to benefit the sport of sailing and bring together our community.

SSCBC is privileged to assist the children who attend The Portsea Camp. SSCBC Members volunteer their boats and time to provide the children of the camp with boat rides, some of whom have never been on the water before. They thoroughly enjoy their time on Port Phillip Bay, in particular their visit to the seals (and often dolphins) on Port Phillip Bay.

SSCBC supports the Portsea Foreshore Advisory Group and the Sorrento Foreshore Advisory Group, by welcoming them to conduct meetings at the Club. SSCBC also attends the annual ANZAC Day commemoration dawn service and supports the Portsea Sorrento RSL. SSCBC supports the Southern Peninsula Probus group, who provide activities for our semi and fully retired locals to assist them in maintaining an active mind and healthy lifestyle. The Probus annual Christmas celebrations are held at the Club, along with frequent meetings throughout the year.

SSCBC supports the Rotary Club of Sorrento by hosting their major fundraising event for the year – the Rotary Summer of Sport Charity Lunch, held in early January. We also attend the Rotary scholarship awards presentation evening to give due recognition to young community leaders.

Many SSCBC Members have a strong association with the Sorrento Sharks Football Team, both at a senior and junior level. We actively seek their involvement within our own Club by hosting Sharks players to sail on Couta boats on a day over the summer named ‘Sail with a Shark’.

SSCBC hosts the Annual General Meeting of the Sorrento Red Cross and provides morning tea to those in attendance who work tirelessly for the needs of others in our community.

SSCBC hosts its annual golf day at Sorrento Golf Club before returning to SSCBC for lunch and prize giving, supporting local organisations where possible.

SSCBC has an ongoing relationship with Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club. Each year the surf club utilises the facilities of our Clubhouse to conduct water safety and bronze medallion courses for its members. We are also involved with the safety plan for the surf club’s annual fundraiser, The Sorrento Bay Swim, which is also conducted in the waters out the front of our Clubhouse.


Reclink Great Peninsula Paddle

For many years, SSCBC proudly supported the Reclink Great Peninsula Paddle, raising awareness about people living with disadvantage. This popular event involved facility usage for indoor registration, secure storage, a presentation area on the Western Lawn, a corporate event held on the Western Deck, on water support, safety observation and monitoring from the Club tower, internet support and the event and safety briefings were overseen by Club staff, Club volunteers and our Race Management team.

The Rip Swim

On water support and course laying is provided by Race Management volunteers and Club staff for the Portsea to Point Lonsdale Rip Swim. Assistance is provided by the Club due to well-known knowledge of the local waters with a focus on rips and tides crossing The Heads.


Vicswim seeks to ensure that all children are provided which access to learn and attain the ability of water knowledge and, swimming and safe water practises. SSCBC provides Vicswim with a secure storage location and facility usage whilst these vital water safety programs are conducted on the foreshore. SSCBC also actively promote the Vicswim program to our members.