The 2018 Davistown Putt Putt Weekend started on a high note with the running of the 2nd Charity Dinner. A great night was had by approximately 130 people who enjoyed music and dancing provided by Kristy Coote and her Band and Jamus the Mad Magician who entertained at and around the tables. A great meal was provided by the Davistown RSL and collectively the crowd raised approximately $7,000 to be donated to the Kids with Cancer Foundation Australia – a very worthy cause and a great result. The evening benefited greatly from the generous sponsorship of Ray White Saratoga, AC Fitness and the Dart & Feather Restaurant. We also sincerely thank the many local organisations that generously donated prizes and gifts for the raffles, auctions and balloon lucky dips which enabled us to raise such a great amount.
Saturday got off to a good start with the finalisation of layouts and erection of the stage, marquee and pop-up’s on the reserve and it appeared that Mother Nature was going to be a supporter. Saturday afternoon saw a number of Putt Putt’s enjoy a casual Putt About led by the Sydney Heritage boat – Protex. The attendees were then provided with light snacks and drinks at the Davistown Progress Hall. A very enjoyable afternoon was had and a final inspection of the Reserve had us well prepared for a great day on Sunday.
Alas, when Sunday morning came around we found that a deluge in the early hours had rendered the Illoura Reserve unusable. After some perseverance it was decided that the event would have to be cancelled – a very tough decision after 10 months of planning and preparation. To continue would have caused considerable damage to the Reserve and jeopardised the approval of future events. While there were some breakdowns in communications regarding the cancellation, the general feedback from the general public, boat owners and stallholders has been positive and the Committee trusts that you will all join us again for the 2019 Regatta where we will again try to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of this great event.
We also take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of our sponsors for their ongoing support both financial and in kind.
After a short break, planning for 2019 will commence.
For the Regatta last weekend I was all set to have a special offer of the day for a PT pack. Sadly Mother Nature had other ideas!! However I don’t want you guys to miss out, so I am still going to offer it, as part of my November challenge! For all people who join the November challenge, if you purchase 3 PT sessions, you will receive 3 PT sessions free! 6 sessions for the price of 3, jump on it peeps!!
This November I am running a 4 week challenge. The challenge will run from Monday 5th November, through to Sunday 2nd December.
Each week there will be 3 challenges, as follows:
They will be things that are easy to incorporate into your life. I’m not requesting you to take anything out of your current life, rather I’m adding things in, things that are achievable and will leave you feeling empowered and confident you are doing something to feel healthier and happier!
The challenge is completely free! As part of the challenge you will receive the following:
* Weekly emails detailing the challenge of the week, and interesting info around them to help you succeed.
* Be part of a closed Facebook group, where you can interact with other challenge members (not mandatory) and get support from me and the other members.
* Access to a PT pack special offer, only available to challenge members.
To join the challenge, either comment below, private message me, or click on the Facebook group link below to request to be added. Any questions feel free to ask!!
Only 7 more sleeps to the best Putt Putt & Wooden Boat Festival on the eastern seaboard.
Join us on 21st October for a fun filled family day on the Davistown Waterfront. 40+ Putt Putt & Wooden Boats, the Sail past of boats from the Sydney Heritage Fleet, 90+ market speciality stalls, childrens rides and amusements, premium food outlets, Dragon Boat races, Scout raft races, the NSW Corp of Marines (Redcoats), On-stage musical entertainment all day, the Putt Putt Challenge and the Grand Parade .. the list goes on.
A day not to be missed. All funds raised on the day through gold coin donations, amusement rides and raffles go directly to Kids with Cancer Foundation Australia – a very worthy charity supporting many families on the Central Coast.
Ticket sales for the Putt Putt Charity Dinner on Friday 19th October at the Davistown RSL will close on Thursday 18th October. Get in quickly to lock in your seat for a fun filled evening celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Putt Putt Regatta. Tickets still available at the Davistown RSL.
Enjoy a delicious meal while being entertained by the music of Kristy Coote and her Band and some other entertainment surprises. There are raffles, balloon prizes and a silent auction from which 100% of the proceeds go to the Kids with Cancer Foundation Australia.
The Charity Dinner has been also supported through the generous sponsorship of Ray White Saratoga, AC Fitness and the Dart & Feather restaurant.
Only 37 sleeps to the Davistown Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival
Why not eliminate any parking worries and ride the Ferry. Central Coast Ferries has been a long time supporter of the Regatta and this year is no different. The MV Sorrento will be providing services throughout the day.
- Times departing Woy Woy to the Regatta 9:30am, 10:45am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:45pm and 4:45pm. Fares are $4 one way and $8 return concession + children 5-16, $7.50 one way and $14 adult. Fares are Woy Woy to Davistown (Central).
- Times departing Empire Bay to the Regatta 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:20am, 1:20pm, 2:30pm and 4:15pm. Fares are $3 one way and $6 return concession + children 5-16, $4 one way and $8 return adult. Fares are Empire to Davistown (central) only.
- Terms and conditions apply. See www.centralcoastferries.com.au for more information.
- Catch the train or bus to Woy Woy, short walk to Woy Woy public wharf where you can catch the ferry “M.V Sorrento” to the iconic Davistown Putt Putt and Wooden Boat Festival. No need to drive, no fuss, no parking, just jump aboard the ferry!
Hope to see you there…
Tickets for the Davistown Putt Putt Charity dinner are now on sale at the Davistown RSL. Round up some friends and put a table together or buy individual tickets and join in with other local people for a great night of food, music, dancing, auctions and raffles. The entertainment for the evening has been kindly sponsored by Ray White Saratoga (thanks Gabe and company) and by AC Fitness (thanks to Amanda). Once again through the generosity of local companies we have some great prizes on offer and all takings will once again be donated to the Kids with Cancer Foundation Australia who do such a great job supporting families who are going through some very tough times.
Get in early to avoid disappointment. The Davistown RSL can be contacted on 4363-0199.
To help us celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Regatta we will be joined this year by a number of boats from the Sydney Heritage Fleet. Joining our own Codock II will be the Protex, a doyen of the fleet, along with the Banksia, the Girrakool and the Macleay. It is intended that these boats will be available for cruises (details to follow later) around Brisbane Water during and after the Regatta. All of the Heritage Fleet will perform a “sail past” on the morning of the Regatta and the Protex will lead the fleet for the Grand Parade. The Protex has a long and varied history including time spent on the Central Coast.
Originally named Waikara, a New Zealand Maori name for ‘smooth water’, she was purchased in 1934 by the Sydney ferry and tug company, Nicholson Bros. In line with their usual policy of naming their craft using words beginning with ‘Pro’ she was called Protex after a popular brand of soap. No wonder she was often called the ‘soap boat’. It was fitting that her duties included ferrying goods and people from the Palmolive factory at Balmain to various city wharves.
Protex nearly ended her life in 1952 when she collided off Balmain East with her sister ferry, Provide. She suffered serious damage and sank. But it was decided to salvage her and extensive repairs were necessary before she could return to service. The repaired Protex continued her service on the harbour and in 1968 passed into the ownership of Stannard Bros., another ferry and tug company, when they took over Nicholson Bros.
In 1970, at the age of 60-plus, Protex took on a new life when she was leased to Mr Terry Hodgson who used her as a ferry operating out of Woy Woy and Toukley, and later between Brooklyn and Dangar Island on the Hawkesbury River.
Protex joined the Sydney Heritage Fleet in 1981, presented by Mr Chris Stannard of Stannard Bros. She has been faithfully restored, is still in regular use with the Fleet and can carry up to 20 people
Looking back through photos of previous Regattas I am reminded that this is not just about the iconic Putt Putt’s but it is also a celebration of wooden boats of all types. Previously we have been joined on the day by a number of different wooden boats – both on the shore and on the water. The Committee wants to encourage owners of all sorts of wooden boats to join with the Putt Putts and other heritage boats to make this 20th Anniversary event a day to remember. Enter the “Wooden Boat – non-Putt Putt” judging category, pickup a Skipper’s Pack and go in the draw for a $150 Gift Voucher. Application Forms are available by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the Contact Us facility on this website.
Please come and join us for a great day and help us maintain this great community event.
Put Putts are alive and well on Brisbane Water. Some of the most used Putt Putts in the area are Grand Tourer, Scallywag, Imp and Dodi. Each Friday – rain, hail or shine – one of these boats along with a normal (some might say abnormal) crew of 3 all dressed in Hawaiian Shirts can be seen heading to a different Brisbane Waters venue. From the Gosford Sailing Club to Koolewong Marina and the BoatHouse to Hardy’s Bay Bistro and RSL, these boats wile away a Friday afternoon while the crew discusses Bars, Beer and Bulls*!t. Anyone who wishes to join in, either in their own boat or aboard one of the ones listed (numbers restricted) is more than welcome. The BBB cruise departs the Putt Putt Wharf at Scandretts Boatshed, Davistown around 2 pm each Friday.
A long popular judging category at the Regatta is the “Best Novelty Boat & Crew” category. Sadly there has been a reducing number of entries in this crowd popular category over recent years. The Committee would like to encourage boaties to dress up their boats and crews and provide some light, colour and competition on the day. Some previous entries have been a Mississippi River Boat, a Viking Long Boat, the Batmobile, a Gondola and a number of Pirate Ships. Join in the fun for the day