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

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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 heartbreaking 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 2020.

The committee is continuing to plan for the 2020 event but will be guided by government regulations relating to the gathering of large numbers of people as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 will also see the Regatta weekend become events under the banner of the annual Lakes Festival which provides some 20 events over a 10 day period.

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. David & 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 has become an avid Putt Putt enthusiast. Scallywag is arguably the most used Putt Putt on Brisbane Water. Dave is officially the Public Officer of the Davistown Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival Inc. and 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

  • ***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 […]
  • Providing support to the community

    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
  • The Regatta program is locked and loaded

    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.
  • Ride the Ferry to the Putt Putt Regatta

    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 […]
  • …only 12 more sleeps to the Davistown Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival

    …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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