Planning and Management of the Davistown Putt Putt Regatta includes a myriad of details to be planned and executed to ensure the safety of the very precious (and sometimes fragile) boats that enter the event. Not the least of these is the work done just prior to the day where our intrepid Rockhoppers contribute their time to ensure that the areas of rocks and old ballast along the shoreline are prominently marked to show the boat skippers where dangers may exist that could damage their craft. In previous years the job was ably managed by Mr Geoff Furniss who in 2017 handed the baton on to Stephen Hill and David Roach.
So in the days leading up to the event this year if you see two strangely dressed individuals placing warning signs along the waterfront give them a round of applause and if you watch for long enough one or both of them may end up in the water.
16’6″ putt putt built 1910 Clinker hull made of Huon pine. 5/7 hp Blaxland Rae engine in good working order. Trailer in good condition. Previous owner was the late Orb Rose well know small inboard engine restorer of Gymea Sydney. Regrettable sale due to ill health.
Greg Pike 0450238260, Macleay Island Queensland
The 2018 Davistown Putt Putt Weekend started on a high note with the running of the 2nd Charity Dinner. A great night was had by approximately 130 people who enjoyed music and dancing provided by Kristy Coote and her Band and Jamus the Mad Magician who entertained at and around the tables. A great meal was provided by the Davistown RSL and collectively the crowd raised approximately $7,000 to be donated to the Kids with Cancer Foundation Australia – a very worthy cause and a great result. The evening benefited greatly from the generous sponsorship of Ray White Saratoga, AC Fitness and the Dart & Feather Restaurant. We also sincerely thank the many local organisations that generously donated prizes and gifts for the raffles, auctions and balloon lucky dips which enabled us to raise such a great amount.
Saturday got off to a good start with the finalisation of layouts and erection of the stage, marquee and pop-up’s on the reserve and it appeared that Mother Nature was going to be a supporter. Saturday afternoon saw a number of Putt Putt’s enjoy a casual Putt About led by the Sydney Heritage boat – Protex. The attendees were then provided with light snacks and drinks at the Davistown Progress Hall. A very enjoyable afternoon was had and a final inspection of the Reserve had us well prepared for a great day on Sunday.
Alas, when Sunday morning came around we found that a deluge in the early hours had rendered the Illoura Reserve unusable. After some perseverance it was decided that the event would have to be cancelled – a very tough decision after 10 months of planning and preparation. To continue would have caused considerable damage to the Reserve and jeopardised the approval of future events. While there were some breakdowns in communications regarding the cancellation, the general feedback from the general public, boat owners and stallholders has been positive and the Committee trusts that you will all join us again for the 2019 Regatta where we will again try to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of this great event.
We also take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of our sponsors for their ongoing support both financial and in kind.
After a short break, planning for 2019 will commence.
Only 37 sleeps to the Davistown Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival
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.
- Times departing Woy Woy to the Regatta 9:30am, 10:45am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:45pm and 4:45pm. Fares are $4 one way and $8 return concession + children 5-16, $7.50 one way and $14 adult. Fares are Woy Woy to Davistown (Central).
- Times departing Empire Bay to the Regatta 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:20am, 1:20pm, 2:30pm and 4:15pm. Fares are $3 one way and $6 return concession + children 5-16, $4 one way and $8 return adult. Fares are Empire to Davistown (central) only.
- Terms and conditions apply. See www.centralcoastferries.com.au for more information.
- Catch the train or bus to Woy Woy, short walk to Woy Woy public wharf where you can catch the ferry “M.V Sorrento” to the iconic Davistown Putt Putt and Wooden Boat Festival. No need to drive, no fuss, no parking, just jump aboard the ferry!
Hope to see you there…
A highlight of the Regatta is the judging of the various entry classes and the awarding of the respective trophies. The committee plan to continue with the historic awards but are looking to expand the entry categories to attract more and different types of Wooden Boat.
We will continue with Most Original Putt Putt, Best Boat Under 5 years, Gentlemen’s Launch, Best Diesel, Best Putt Putt (Glass Over), Best Half Cabin, the People’s Choice Award and of course awards for the Diesel and Petrol Challenges
We also look to encourage participants to dress up both themselves and their boats to contest the Best Dressed Boat and Best Novelty Boat & Crew category. This has always proved popular and provides light and colour to the event.