The profiles listed in this Register have been documented from the stories and photos contributed by custodians and others who willingly shared information. Readers who have additional information about the history of any Couta Boat are invited to forward it to so that it can be added to the Register.

Morning Star C123

Boat Details

Sail Number:
Boat Location:
Mornington, Victoria.
Current Custodian:
Andrew Guiney
Year Built:
Length: 24 ft.


Early Years
It is believed that Morning Star C123 was a Lacco built boat, built in 1933, but little is known of her early days until the 1980s.

Custodian: Unknown; Early 1980s
Sorrento boatbuilder Tim Phillips reports that he first saw the boat when she was pulled up at the little jetty north of Sandringham Yacht Club and the plate was out of her. At the time, he tried to buy her but was unsuccessful as the custodian had no interest in letting her go.

Custodian: Rod Morris; Early 1980s – Unknown
In the early 1980s, Morning Star was taken to Tim’s workshop in Sorrento for repairs; she was then owned by Rod Morris.

The location of Morning Star over the next 30 years is not known.

Custodian: Anthony Guiney; 2016 – Present
Anthony Guiney purchased Morning Star in 2016 and restored her at Mornington Yacht Club.

Unfortunately, in April 2018 she was wrecked in a gale at Mornington.


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