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.
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 structure of the Davistown Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival evolved between Putt Putt enthusiasts together with the support and “man power on the day”. Offers of assistance have been received and carried out by others, not limited to, but including, Coastal Patrol, SES, Rural Fire Brigade, Volunteer Fire Brigade, Andersons Boatshed and St John’s Ambulance.
In 2010, the original date chosen for the regatta had to be abandoned due to extremely heavy rain. At very short notice, the event was moved to the following weekend and attracted a large turnout of boats as well as stallholders and spectators. Estimates of spectator numbers were in the vicinity of 8,000 over the course of the day.
In 2011, the committee decided to change the format to a biannual event as the numbers on the committee had dropped to a level that made it difficult to successfully undertake the event annually. Later in the year, the committee met with the Lions Club of Green Point Avoca Inc., with whom they had had some involvement in previous years and asked the Lions Club to formally take over the running of the Davistown Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival Inc.
As a result of this, the Lions Club very successfully presented the Davistown Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival from 2012 – 2017. Over this time average crowds have been estimated by Police and Tourism authorities to be in excess of 10,000 over the course of the day, with 2015 being approximately 12,000. The weather in 2016 militated against the usual large crowds, with gale force winds keeping some people at home. Notwithstanding, crowds were estimated to be around 8,000 and those who attended enjoyed the day. The 2017 Regatta was run in fine weather and again attracted crowds in excess of 10,000.
The Lions Club of Green Point Avoca have made a decision to discontinue their management of the Regatta and a new committee of Putt Putt enthusiasts has been formed to provide the continuity of this iconic Central Coast event.
Regrettably the committee had to make the heart breaking decision to cancel the 2018 event on the morning of the Regatta due to an extremely heavy rainfall in the early hours of Sunday morning which rendered the Davistown foreshore unusable. This was a tough call and had adverse effects on stallholders, boat owners and spectators alike.
Planning is now underway for the 2019 Regatta which will still be the 20th Anniversary of the event and we look forward to welcoming all comers to the Regatta weekend.
Meet the Committee
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, over the past 2 Regattas, Neil has taken on the role of Chairman/Treasurer of the new committee while Doreen has been the driving force behind the Putt Putt Charity Dinner.
Stephen & Sharon Hill
Stephen and Sharon have been residents of Davistown for over 15 years. As former part owners of Russ (one of the original Regatta winners in the 1990’s), they are no strangers to the Regatta or to Putt Putt’s. They each own a Putt Putt (Dodi and Imp) and are enthusiastic boat owners and participants. They offered their services to the new committee as Vice Chairman and Secretary respectively. Sharon also works closely with Doreen on the Charity Dinner.
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.
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 Sharon to ensure that the 2018 Charity Dinner is a success.
The 2019 Committee welcomes the formal inclusion of Leone Roach and David Hall who were both great contributors to the planning of the 2018 event and we also welcome Rod Thompson to the committee. Rod is a long tome Davistown resident who provided us with volunteer support in 2018.