Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Community Engagement Programs continue to be an important part of the Club’s relationship with the local community. This season SSCBC will again provide local schools with an opportunity for primary students to get down to the Club and benefit from the sailing and boating expertise available.



Volunteers are required for all these events and your involvement will be very rewarding. We need boat drivers, sailors and beach and jetty support people.

Volunteers please let Jorja in the Office know if you can be involved.

Balcombe Grammar

Each year Balcombe Grammar Year 4 students attend the Portsea Camp, 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 Clubs 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. This also highlights the community use of the club facilities and surrounding areas resources.

Baxter Primary School

As part of Baxter Primary School’s camping experience on the foreshore we extend an invitation for the teachers and students to utilise our facilities and we provide them with an excursion to the seal and dolphins. The children spend each afternoon playing in the sun and water on the beach in front of the clubhouse.


In collaboration with the Shire, SSCBC entered into an agreement upon which both parties significantly committed funds to repair and restructure the upper carpark. This rejuvenation project reduces erosion and flooding and provides stable access to the beach front.

Class Associations

SSCBC regularly provide 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.

Fire Commission / MPSC

SSCBC host a number of community meetings as requested and recently the fire services commission held a public meeting at the Club.

Friends of Collins Settlement

SSCBC is a member of the Friends of Collins Settlement and committee members attended the historical site information session which provided an understanding of the facilities and resources available for public viewing. This in turn provided further scope for our Club volunteers who visit the site as part of our schools program to broaden students understanding of the local history.

Jetty and Rescue Services not limited to the Coast Guard

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. For 2014, Sorrento was asked to step up and run one of the major courses from our own resources.

22 of our members all willingly provide their time and resources to represent our club at this prestigious event. And over seven days and 78 races, the SSCBC Race Management team delivered a virtually flawless performance in all weather conditions which rightly 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 team 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.

Special mention must be made of the younger members of the team. Luke Prior, Brendan Greer, Michael Johnson and Storm and Chance Bobridge all did a fantastic job throughout the week. Not only was their on-water performance impressive, but when there was a serious medical incident ashore, they showed great leadership skills by taking charge of a boat park full of Laser sailors and their boats to get access for the ambulance. All in all, very commendable.

Keilor Park Catholic Regional College

Keilor Park Catholic Regional College participate in sailing activities coordinated through our dedicated training centre whilst spending the week at The Portsea Camp.

Kids on Coutas

A highlight on SSCBC’s annual calendar is the Kids on Coutas event. Couta Boat owners and skippers of our class fleet provide the junior members with an opportunity to sail to Portsea and back on a Couta Boat and bestow an experience that is well received by the children.

Ladies Long Lunch

On a summers day in January our members organise the annual Ladies Long Lunch which is held in the SSCBC Dining Room. This is a sold out event which raises funds that are distributed to a local cause.

Moonraker Charters

SSCBC utilises and engages local businesses such as Moonraker Charters for our annual Opening Day celebrations to charter the Club’s guests on water to view the Blessing of the Fleet and assist our members with transport to and from Queenscliff during the Maritime Weekend celebrations.

Mordialloc Sailing Club

In early 2015 the Mordialloc Sailing Club participated in a sailing event ‘Sail around the Bay’. SSCBC supported MSC with on water safety observation from Sorrento to Point Lonsdale and provided sailors with accommodation.

Mornington Peninsula Shire

The Mornington Peninsula Shire utilise the facilities of SSCBC by holding meetings in the Clubs Committee Room with larger community meeting held in the Dining Room.

Padua College

Each year a group of 15-20 Padua students spend 10 days at SSCBC undertaking a powerboat handling course 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 licence. SSCBC also host the annual end of year Christmas celebrations for the staff of Padua College in our Dining Room.

Portsea Foreshore Advisory Group

The Portsea Foreshore Advisory group regularly conduct meetings in the Clubs Committee Room.

During the busy summer period, each year SSCBC staff and members volunteer their boats and time to enhance children’s lives who are disadvantaged or experiencing hardship through providing boat trips from The Portsea Camp. This opportunity allows us as a Club to make a contribution towards enriching and changing the lives of hundreds of children each year who previously have had little or no experience on the water, with Port Phillip Bay or the magic of our marine life especially the well-received seal and dolphin activity.

Portsea Sorrento RSL

SSCBC Committee members proudly attend the Portsea-Sorrento Dawn Service to lay a wreath on ANZAC Day in commemoration of all men and women who have served for Australia in war and peace keeping efforts.

Reclink Great Peninsula Paddle

SSCBC proudly supports the Reclink Great Peninsula Paddle who raise awareness about people living with disadvantage. SSCBC is now the home for the GPP and we provide facility usage for indoor registration, secure storage, a presentation area on the Western Lawn, the corporate event is held on the Western Deck, on water support, safety observation and monitoring from the Club tower, internet support and the event and safety briefings are overseen by Club staff, Club volunteers and our Race Management team.

Relationship with Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron and Rye Yacht Club

Commodore Andrew Plympton has actively developed cooperative working relationships with Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron and Rye Yacht Club to collectively provide the best outcomes with on water collaboration. This spirit of goodwill enables us to conjointly assist in the first instance the sport of sailing and respective clubs hence the bringing together of our community.

Sailing Regattas

As part of our Statement of Purpose we actively promote sailing and good seamanship. To this end we host many sailing regattas including local, national and international regattas, which in turn bring many visitors to the Mornington Peninsula, furthermore this generates great financial benefits to the local area. Media coverage of these events highlights the Mornington Peninsula, SSCBC and the sport of sailing not only locally and nationally but on an international platform via social media and press publications including ABC Australia and CNN. The success of our regattas relies upon on the support provided from SSCBC members who work tirelessly alongside our staff to produce world class events and who hold qualifications at a Club, State, National and International recognised level. Over the previous summer SSCBC proudly hosted the World Foiling Moth Championships with the support of over 130 Club volunteers with an estimated $495,000 generated to the economy.

  • Moth Worlds
  • 420’s
  • 470’s
  • 49er’s
  • 29er’s
  • Minnows
  • Lasers
  • Optimist

Southern Peninsula Probus

SSCBC supports the Southern Peninsula Probus group who endeavour to meet the needs of semi and fully retired persons by providing opportunities and activities for an active mind and a healthy lifestyle. The Probus Annual Christmas celebrations are held at the Club along with frequent meetings conducted in the Clubs committee room throughout the year.

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.

Rosebud Secondary College

Each year a class of 30 students from Rosebud Secondary College undertake an outdoor education program in powerboat handling and marine safety with the support of SSCBC staff, resources, Club member volunteers and facility usage. This involves 20 x 2 hour sessions where students are taught by experienced volunteer instructors in both theory and on-water rules, regulations and boat handling. The culmination of this course is the passing of the licensing requirements to obtain a recreational boat licence. We continue with employing up to 4 students in the following years to further their boat handling experience.

An SSCBC committee member attends the Annual Excellence Awards night for Rosebud High School. At this event SSCBC presents the recipients of our scholarship with a marine pack to those who have achieved notable results during the Outdoor Education Program.

Rotary Club of Sorrento

Portsea – Sorrento Rotary hold meetings and events which are supported by the Club by way of facility usage. Our current members also support Rotary by attending the local scholarship awards presentation evening to give due recognition of young community future leaders.

The club has agreed to host the Sorrento Rotary Club major fundraiser for the 2016 year. A sports themed lunch in early January has passed planning stage and the program is well underway. The lunch is expected to draw a crowd of three hundred, with sporting stars from AFL and Olympic Sports attending.

The Sorrento Rotary Club is led by members of SSCBC, this will be a benefit to all sporting codes in the area.

SSCBC has been awarded both Australian and Victorian Yacht Club of the Year 2015 – 2016

The award was judged on the following criteria:

Hosting an important world event (Moth Worlds)

Continued growth in membership in particular family membership

Dedication to sail training with the employment of leading sailing coach

Dedication of strong Volunteer Group

Ability to run multiple events in peak season (Moth Worlds, KPMG Day, Portsea Cup)

Presentation of club and surrounds to members, visitors and public

Sorrento Football Club

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’.

Sorrento Foreshore Advisory Group

The Sorrento Foreshore Advisory group regularly conduct meetings in the Clubs Committee Room.

Through a working relationships with local Clubs this also allows SSCBC to utilise and support other local locations where appropriate such as our annual golf day which is held at The Sorrento Golf Club before returning to SSCBC for lunch.

Sorrento Red Cross

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.

Sorrento Primary School

For many years SSCBC has worked with Sorrento Primary School to provide a beach day experience for the Grade 5 and 6 students. The children experience both on and off water activities and have the opportunity to participate in a sailing lesson, enjoy a boat trip to visit the seals and dolphins, SSCBC provide a BBQ lunch and volunteers from the Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club provide nipper activities and overseas water safety. Sorrento Primary School are also provided with the opportunity utilise the Club for their Grade 5/6 triathlon event.

Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club

SSCBC has an ongoing relationship with SSLSC, each year the surf club utilise 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 clubs annual fundraiser, The Sorrento BaySwim, which is also conducted in the waters out the front of our Clubhouse.

Blessing of the Fleet at SSCBC Opening Day

The festivities of our Annual Opening Day Celebrations mark the beginning of a new season and we are always honoured to host the local Catholic priest from St Mary’s Star of the Sea in Sorrento who resides over the Blessing of the Fleet, to ensure a safe and bountiful season. Ironically this blessing is said to have originated with fishing boats which Couta Boats were originally used for.

Beach Day Program

For many years SSCBC has worked with St Joseph’s Primary School, Sorrento to provide a beach day experience for the Grade 5 and 6 students. The children experience both on and off water activities and have the opportunity to participate in a sailing lesson, enjoy a boat trip to visit the seals and dolphins, SSCBC provide a BBQ lunch and volunteers from the Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club provide nipper activities and overseas water safety.

Oaks Day – St Joseph’s Primary School

SSCBC support the annual major fundraiser for St Joseph’s Primary School in Sorrento. This sold out event provides a significant financial fundraising profit for the local school and in held in the Club’s Dining Room.

Women and Girls in Sailing

Yachting Victoria introduced an initiative, Women and Girls in Sailing, to attract more females to the sport of sailing. Two enthusiastic and encouraging female SSCBC members coordinate these events which are conducted throughout the summer period and have been attended. It not only introduces women and girls to sailing and a physical activity, it allows provides a social setting which members and their guests can enjoy.


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.

Victorian Institute of Sport High Performance Program

The club has become a training base for young aspiring elite sailors via the Victorian Institute of Sport High Performance Program. This joint venture between the Victorian Government, Yachting Victoria and SSCBC will see training camps and coaching located at the club.

The club coaching staff will be utilized, Sorrento will provide both on water and off water facilities. Importantly all the aspiring young sailors will become members of the club and when interstate and or overseas competing, they will represent SSCBC.

This major initiative occurred during the 2015 year and was recently announced to our members.