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

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History

The genesis of the Regatta was the social and competitive gathering of “Putt Putts”, as they are now known, by the early builders, residents and boating enthusiasts of the district.

Regattas were often held at Davistown in the early 1900’s. Challenges between boat owners/builders were designed to determine who had the fastest Putt Putt or who could row the quickest.

Re-introduced as an annual event by a quorum of enthusiasts in 1996/1997, the Regatta is a principal event on the Central Coast calendar.

The structure of the Davistown Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival has evolved over the ensuing years and has been supported by a number of local organisations including: Coastal Patrol, SES, Rural Fire Brigade, Volunteer Fire Brigade, Andersons Boatshed, Mitre10, Davistown RSL, Bendigo Bank and many others.

The event has been blessed over the years and has only had to be cancelled or postponed on 2 occasions.

The original committee handed over the reins to the Lions Club of Green Pont Avoca who ran the event from 2012 to 2017. In 2018 the event was subsequently handed over to a small group of enthusiasts who now manage the event.

After the heart-breaking decision to cancel the event in 2018 due to the foreshore becoming unusable, the 2019 (and 20th anniversary) event was an outstanding success and attracted in excess of 60 boats and approximately 15,000 spectators.

The 2019 “Davistown Weekend” also saw the introduction of the inaugural Kids with Cancer Heritage Ferry Challenge in which a number of boats from the Sydney Heritage fleet and other privately owned vessels challenged each other over a course from Woy Woy to Gosford. They were joined by a fleet of Putt Putts who cheered them on. It is hoped that this event will occur again in 2021.

Along with many other Festivals and Events, the Committee had no choice but to cancel the 2020 Regatta events. This was a very disappointing decision but necessary due to the effects of COVID-19. We have now begun planning for the 2021 events but will again will be guided by the impacts of the pandemic and NSW Government regulations.

Meet the Committee

i. Neil & Doreen Mulcahy
Since moving to Davistown in 2011, Neil and Doreen have embraced the Putt Putt ethos and have entered boats in each years Regatta since. After becoming involved with the Lions Club, providing administrative and operational support to the Regatta since 2016, Neil has taken on the role of Chairman/Treasurer of the committee while Doreen has been the driving force behind the Putt Putt Charity Dinner and is the Committee Secretary.

ii. Leone Roach
David, Leone and family have been residents of the area for over 25 years. Since purchasing his first Putt Putt (Scallywag) in 2017, David & Leone have become avid Putt Putt enthusiasts. Scallywag is arguably the most used Putt Putt on Brisbane Water. Leone has become an integral member of the committee and provides further support to the Charity Dinner.

iii. David & Cheryl Hall
Cheryl & David Hall have been Davistown residents for over 32 years. While not Putt Putt owners, Cheryl and Dave are keen supporters of the event and are passionate about the area. Cheryl readily took on a role on the new committee and is working with Doreen and Leone to ensure that the 2020 Charity Dinner is a success. David has also taken on the role of Vice President.

iv. Brett Smith
Joining the committee this year is Brett Smith. Brett is a long time “boatie” and has been the driving force behind the inclusion of the Heritage vessels and the management of the Heritage Challenge.

 

Recent Posts

  • Brokenwood Wines Supports the Charity Dinner

    Brokenwood Wines Supports the Charity Dinner

    Campaign Brochure Once again the great people at Brokenwood Wines have provided their support for the Putt Putt Charity Dinner. Just “click” on the “Campaign Brochure” link above and follow the instructions for some great wines at heavily discounted prices. Brokenwood will then donate $20 per case ordered to our chosen charity – Kids With […]
  • Major Regatta Sponsor Home Loan Offer

    Major Regatta Sponsor Home Loan Offer

    Bendigo Banks`s Complete Home Loan offers all the features you expect from a great loan, and some you don`t. Like super- competitive rates, free redraw and a 100% offset account on fixed and variable rate home loans. Chat to a home loan specialist today. Call East Gosford Ph 43234559, Lisarow Ph 43285472, Kincumber Ph 43632133 […]
  • We’re back!! Planning begins for the 2021 Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival

    We’re back!! Planning begins for the 2021 Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival

    With the major impacts of COVID19 hopefully behind us, the Organising Committee has begun planning for the 2021 Davistown Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival and the related events of the Kids With Cancer Heritage Challenge and the Putt Putt Regatta Charity Dinner. The dates being planned for this year are: Putt Putt Charity […]
  • New Online Shop for Putt Putt Regatta Merchandise

    New Online Shop for Putt Putt Regatta Merchandise

    The Regatta Committee is pleased to announce the creation of an all new online shop for Regatta merchandise. All of our current and historic merchandise including polo shirts, T-Shirts (Adults and Kids), Stubby Coolers, Dry Bags and others are available for online purchase for as long as stocks last. Purchase of goods will help to […]
  • Regatta Major Sponsor announces New Home Loan

    Regatta Major Sponsor announces New Home Loan

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