Planning for the 2019 Davistown Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival is proceeding at pace. With 5 months to go to 20th October there are still a myriad of items to be finalised to make this the best Regatta ever. The Committee have divided responsibilities covering items from line marking, hiring of portaloos, arranging for rubbish removal, confirming entertainment, planning for a huge variety of boats, co-ordinating the market activities through to liaising with the Central Coast Council, Roads and Maritime Services and all of our generous sponsors.
This year we are looking to focus the event into 4 specific precincts – Children’s Amusements, General Markets, Premium Food and Marine. We are most excited about the Marine Precinct which will bring together all of the Boating and Boating related service areas from Norglass (speciality paints and surface coatings) to Sub-Aqua Services (Hull cleaning and servicing). This area will also incorporate our historic car displays, vintage farm machinery, Buckle Sports cars and many others.
Along with the traditional Putt Putt’s, we will also be highlighting the Wooden Boat part of our charter with the appearance once again of a number of boats from the Sydney Heritage Fleet (remember the Protex from 2018) and a series of other historic timber boats (more about these later). There will be opportunities to take a ride on these fantastic old vessels. Central Coast Ferrys will again be present with the venerable old Codock II.
Watch this space for details as they develop over the next few months and put the weekend of 18th (Regatta Charity Dinner), 19th (special event – more to follow) and the 20th (Regatta) October in your calendars.
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
2017 saw entrants across all the historic classes.
The winners were:
- Best ½ Cabin Putt Putt – Zimbawe – Mr Jeff Prendergast
- Best Dressed Crew – Lady Frisco – Mr Andy Moran
- Best Novelty Boat & Crew – Grand Tourer – Neil Mulcahy
- Most Original Putt Putt – Scallywag – Mr Dave Roach
- Best Diesel – Finally – Mr Paul Aarts
- Best Putt Putt Glass Over – Swanee – Mr Neil Presant
- Best Boat Under 5 years – Wholly Wood – Mr Alan Graham
- Gentlemen’s Launch – Lady Frisco – Mr Andy Moran
- People’s Choice Award – Nymphus – Mr Geoff Furniss
- Petrol Challenge – Wholly Wood – Mr Alan Graham
- Diesel Challenge – Finally – Mr Paul Aarts