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

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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.

A Day for all the Family

Join us for the 2020 Regatta on Sunday 8th November (COVID-19 restrictions dependent)

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 Central Coast 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.

2019 saw the re-introduction of the Saturday afternoon Putt About and added the spectacle of the inaugural Heritage Ferry Challenge in which a number of Heritage vessels challenged each other over a course from Woy Woy to Gosford. All proceeds raised were directed to the Kids With Cancer Australia Foundation

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

  • ***2020 Davistown Regatta Cancelled***

    ***2020 Davistown Regatta Cancelled***

    It is with a great deal of regret that the Organising Committee has reached a decision to cancel the 2020 Davistown Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival. The Committee has been monitoring the current situation regarding the outbreaks of COVID-19 in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, the changing public health measures and the […]
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    Providing support to the community

    Our Sponsors Bendigo Bank Kincumber are open and happy to assist with all your financial needs or with hardship support. They have currently also been busy assisting First Home Buyers under the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme and would welcome any new enquiry. Support the Bank that Supports your Community. Phone 43632133
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    The Regatta program is locked and loaded

    The detailed program for Sunday has been locked down. The following images will show you the overall boating program and also the Entertainment program on the main stage. The weather gods appear to be looking at kindly so see you on Sunday for a great day on the Davistown Waterfront.
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    Ride the Ferry to the Putt Putt Regatta

    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. Catch the Train or Bus to Woy Woy, a short walk to Woy Woy Public Wharf where […]
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    …only 12 more sleeps to the Davistown Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival

    Planning has reached the feverish stage as we put the final touches on this years event. After last years disappointing cancellation we are looking to celebrate our 20th Anniversary in style. Come to the Davistown Waterfront on Sunday 20th October and join us to celebrate the boating heritage of this great part of the NSW […]

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