Couta Events
Couta boats in SydneyThistle Cup – Sydney Harbour7th October 2016
Couta boats in SydneyMuriel Trophy – Sydney Harbour8th October 2016
Couta boats in SydneyWattle Cup – Pittwater15th October 2016
Couta boats in SydneyWattle Cup – Pittwater16th October 2016
Couta Boats at ISAF MelbourneMornington to RMYS – Dec 3
RMYS twilight race – Dec 6
Corporate challenge – Dec 8th
Stadium course race – Dec 10
3rd – 10th December 2016
National Championships – SorrentoMercedes-Benz Mornington Couta Boat National Championship28th, 29th (30th provisional) December 2016
CBA Portsea Cup – SorrentoGant Portsea Cup7th January 2017
CBA State Championships – Mornington – QueenscliffCBA State Championships11th March 2017 (Race 1 Mornington)
12th March 2017 (Race 2 & 3 Mornington)
25th March 2017 (Race 4 QCYC)

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The 2016 Couta Boat Association Annual General Meeting was a well attended and enjoyable event and well worth a read is the President's Report.

PRESIDENTS REPORT
President Wayne Parr, presented his report as follows:

It gives me great pleasure to present the 14th President’s Report for the Couta Boat Association (Club). I would like to thank everyone who participated in Couta Boat Association events over the past season. Special thanks to the team at Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club led by outgoing Commodore Andrew Plympton, Club Captain Drew Marget and the Club’s administration for the successful running of a number of our key events including the 2015 Couta Boat Nationals and our flagship event the Portsea Cup.
Portsea Cup Weekend 2017 will be receiving a timely overhaul. It is envisaged that a presentation party will be held on the Saturday Night after the race. The details of this event will be finalised in the coming months. SSCBC Commodore Richard Hurley and his team will be working with the CBA to create an event to remember. Richard has outlined a number of ways in which his committee will be enhancing existing events and introducing some new events to ensure an exciting season ahead.

Congratulations to the winners of the following major regattas.
Couta Boat Nationals Handicap Honours
Div 1 1st place
Rhapsody Greg Chisolm and Colin Mitchell
Div 2 1st place
Lucy Michael Golding
Portsea Cup Handicap Honours
Div 1 1st place
Matilda David Angus
Div 2 1st Place
Joan Robert Tucker
State Titles Handicap Honours
Div 1 1st place
Zephyr Max Chester
Div 2 1st place
Fiona Tim Collett

There will be a number of new crews racing in the season ahead, including Rip, The Sisters, Minerva, Sam, Marlena and a new boat for David Currie and his crew.
The NSW crews are preparing for another October regatta, this year’s Pittwater regatta with the feature event the “Wattle Cup” will be supported from Victoria by Colin Mitchell and his team with Rhapsody and Russell Barrett and crew with Wattle getting some extra practice in preparation for the 2017 Couta Boat Nationals.

The Gen Y Day oriented towards getting more younger sailors aboard our Couta Boats was coordinated by Sam Phillips and Sally Law and supported by SSCBC. This day turned out to be a resounding success. I am pleased to announce that SSCBC has taken ownership of this event and calendared it for the forthcoming season.

Recognition of heritage boats in our regattas has been an area that we need to address with priority. We trialed presenting a heritage prize early in the season with some success. Discussions relating to the parameters and how these winners are to be determined across the 2 divisions created some obstacles. We are committed to finding a way to run these important prizes in the coming season for key events and series.

The Couta Boat State Titles 2017 will include a regatta at Mornington Yacht Club. It has been proposed by Rod Austin, new owner of Couta Boat Marlena (again) that we will passage race to Mornington (Labour Day weekend in March) on the Saturday, party on the Saturday night and have 2 races at Mornington on the Sunday. Presentation of the State Titles will take place after Heat 4 which will be sailed at Queenscliff.

Congratulations and thank you to Robert Tucker and Tony Westcott and his team for running the Couta Boat Association/SSCBC ‘Catch a Fish & Cook it Day’, once again a significant donation in over $4,500 was raised for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Looking forward to Good Friday 2017.

Michael Golding has been a terrific supporter of the Couta Boat Association and as a committee member has made many contributions. Michael has worked hard at helping a number of Division 2 crews improve their boats and sailing. Michael has been contributing with these activities among sailors in various classes for decades and recently was this year awarded by Black Rock Yacht Club a life membership. Michael is stepping down from the committee and on behalf of all the CBA committee and members, we wish you all the best, and good luck with future endeavours. We welcome James Mighell to our committee, a Couta Boat sailor who well knows the ropes having been sailing Couta Boats, Pearl and Margarita for many years. We are honoured to have another past SSCBC Commodore in our ranks and look forward to James’ contribution in the future.

To the rest of the CBA committee I would like you to join me in thanking them for all their hard work and we look forward to working with you all in the future.

Wayne Parr
President
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