20 years anniversary
“Regattas have been held at Davistown since the early 1900’s and celebrate the boat building history of the region”

Welcome to the Regatta

The Davistown Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival is not only a great event but also an opportunity for the people to celebrate the Central Coast, Australia and the culture that is a part of our history, heritage and local character.

20 years anniversary

A Day for all the Family

Join us for the 2018 Regatta on Sunday 21st October

It was out of the respect and knowledge of the enthusiasts – otherwise known as the “Black Hands” who formed the heart of the annual event, that the charter of the Davistown Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival is drawn.

“To promote an annual event to showcase Putt Putt engineering and timber boat skills in a family friendly, free to the public Festival, promoting and drawing on the camaraderie among Putt Putt enthusiasts and timber boat owners generally.”

In addition, the aims of the Wooden Boat Association – “To promote an active interest in all matters relating to the history, development, building, restoration and preservation of Wooden Boats” has been adopted.

While the heart of our charter is to display and promote the wooden boat community, we also look to provide a family focussed day where the local community and visitors can have an enjoyable day in a safe and family friendly environment.

Along with the water focussed activities there will be on-shore entertainment and activities to appeal to all ages.

The Regatta has the reputation of being the largest event of its kind on the eastern seaboard.

About the Boats

Many putt-putt boats are still in use on Brisbane Water today. In the Davistown area over 30 of the classics can be seen on their moorings.

Putt-putt boats usually range in length from 14-18 feet and are powered by either single or twin cylinder 2 to 10 hp Blaxland/Chapman, Simplex or Clay inboard petrol driven engines all of which make the very familiar putt-putt exhaust sound. Boats today will also often be powered by small one or 2 cylinder diesel engines.

Reintroduced as an annual event via a quorum of enthusiasts in 1996/1997, the Regatta is now one of the principal events on the Gosford City calendar.

The Davistown Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival attracts a huge amount of quality putt putts travelling from as far as Queensland and the ACT. The 10th Anniversary event in 2007 attracted a field of over 100 Putt Putts.

about the boats
about the putt putt boats

Sponsors

The Regatta could not proceed without the generous support of our sponsors. Local government and Corporate support has been an essential ingredient to our success. The Committee sincerely thanks the following organisations.

Recent Posts

  • 2017 Category Winners

    2017 Category Winners

    2017 saw entrants across all the historic classes. The winners were: Best ½ Cabin Putt Putt – Zimbawe – Mr Jeff Prendergast Best Dressed Crew – Lady Frisco – Mr Andy Moran Best Novelty Boat & Crew – Grand Tourer – Neil Mulcahy Most Original Putt Putt – Scallywag – Mr Dave Roach Best Diesel […]
  • 2017 Regatta introduced some format changes

    2017 Regatta introduced some format changes

    The 2017 Regatta introduced some format changes to the water based activities including shortening of the Putt Putt Challenge to enable the spectators to be involved for the duration of the event and a change to the course for the Grand Parade. These changes were strongly supported by the boat owners and spectators alike. The […]
  • Viking Boat

    Viking Boat

    A highlight of the Regatta is the judging of the various entry classes and the awarding of the respective trophies. The committee plan to continue with the historic awards but are looking to expand the entry categories to attract more and different types of Wooden Boat. We will continue with Most Original Putt Putt, Best […]

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