Under blue skies and fair winds, more than 600 business leaders sailed into 2012 on board the KPMG Couta Boat Classic in Sorrento today.
The first business event of the year attracted the who’s who of corporate Australia to race against each other in a friendly yet competitive sailing event at Sorrento, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
First across the line in the smaller Division 2 boats was Morning Star, with the unfair advantage of Tom King – winner of an Olympic gold medal in the Sydney 2000 Games. In the larger Division 1 class, first line honours went to Wagtail, despite John Bertram, winner of the America’s Cup, a World Championships and Olympic bronze medal, crewing for Darney, which won the handicap.
KPMG Victorian Chairman, Rob Bazzani said that the 2012 KPMG Couta Boat Classic demonstrated the focus and teamwork required between business leaders to get the job done, heralding a buoyant start to 2012.
“Last year was tough across business and the uncertainty in the global economy continues, Australia is better placed than any other developed economy to weather this turbulence,” Bazanni said.
“Beyond business and networking the Couta Boat Classic is about focusing on friends, clients and the community. This is the event where business leaders talk about the outlook ahead for the year, catch up with friends and bounce ideas around as far from the boardroom as possible.”
KPMG partners were joined by national and international heads of business from major companies such as Qantas, Westpac, OneSteel, Wesfarmers and key industry figures from sport and media such as:
- Ahmed Fahour – CEO of Australia Post
- Eddie Maguire – President of Collingwood Football Club
- Leigh Clifford – Chairman Qantas
- Harrison Young – Chairman NBN Co
- Graham Kraehe – Chairman BlueScope Steel.
KPMG and the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club (SSCBC) are proud to continue their partnership to deliver this event for the 14th consecutive year.