Putt Putt Regatta

2016 Putt Putt Regatta and Wooden Boat Festival

On Sunday 23rd October, large crowds were attracted to our spectacular Davistown waterfront for the annual regatta. Although the sun was shining for us there was a very brisk cool wind which probably kept numbers down a little. Once again our Village Ambassadors operated an LCA stall handing out sales material, carrier bags and balloons for the children.
Robin A from our village attended and took the following photos of the days activities.

Okey Doke’s pirates from Davistown
Okey Doke’s pirates from Davistown
Norm’s Leaf Blower Cannon
Norm’s Leaf Blower Cannon
Three Generations of Pirates
Three Generations of Pirates
Preparing for Action
Preparing for Action
An Oldie …. Wensum
An Oldie …. Wensum
Hold on to that umbrella
Hold on to that umbrella
Always Ready to Assist
Always Ready to Assist
Jag doesn’t need help.
Jag doesn’t need help.
It’s safer here
It’s safer here
Puddle is looking good
Puddle is looking good
Off we go into the wind
Off we go into the wind
Susan from Andersons Boatshed was assisting the flotilla
Susan from Andersons Boatshed was assisting the flotilla
Local Putt Putts
Local Putt Putts

Apart from the boats which of course were the centre of the attention, there was also a range of stalls and many other things of interest…

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Is that a leaf blower? No, it’s a cannon.
Is that a leaf blower? No, it’s a real cannon used to start the races.

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The Deepwater Dragon Boat Club added a splash of colour
The Deepwater Dragon Boat Club added a splash of colour

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Central Coast Historic Car Club
Central Coast Historic Car Club

Stalls full of goodies…

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A Familiar Face (Justine is a Personal Care Assistant at Alloura Waters.)

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The machinery clubs were there again..

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Boat Modelling Display

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Hand Shearing of Merinos
Hand Shearing of Merinos

AND just to show that we have a sense of humour, alongside the shearing was this sign that was somehow snuck into a strategic position……

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And a variety of rides for the children…

Can you spot the dog watching the action on our dog-friendly reserve?
Can you spot the dog watching the action on our dog-friendly reserve?

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The Saratoga Ferry, with spectators, followed the flotilla at the 2016 Putt Putt and Wooden Boat Festival.

The sky was blue, the water was blue AND the refreshingly cold, south-westerly turned many spectators and competitors blue, as well.

Congratulations go to all who helped to make the Festival a great success. We are so lucky to be able to enjoy these colourful activities on our spectacular waterfront.

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Davistown Putt Putt Regatta, October 2015

Davistown’s Putt Putt Regatta and Wooden Boat Festival is an annual event which is enjoyed by thousands of young and old who come from near and far. The Regatta is held annually in October and spectators gather on Illoura Reserve, just a short walk down to the waterfront from our village. It is always well attended by our residents who enjoy a family fun-filled day out along with members of the local community.

As well as the watercraft, there are many tented stalls, live bands, displays, and general entertainment.

Along the Davistown Waterfront
Along the Davistown Waterfront
A family day out
A family day out
Beautifully maintained craft
Beautifully maintained craft
Welcome to Davistown
Welcome to Davistown
Wait.. where is your pass??
Wait.. where is your pass??

But of course the main event is the Putt Putt race…

The cannon fires to start the race
The cannon fires to start the race

 And away we go!!!!

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We are in no hurry!!
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A royal wave

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Here are your shoes dear!!!

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Numerous ferries, wooden boats ….. including putt putts …. are still in use on Brisbane Water today, with many moored in the Davistown area.

Apart from the wooden boats a wide range of other watercraft also made an appearance..

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The Sorrento operates a regular public ferry service out of Woy Woy to various stops around our waterways, including Davistown. The renamed Sorrento came from Queensland’s Runaway Bay where she was called Runaway.
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Defence Force display

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Dragon Boat racing
Dragon Boat racing
Not watercraft but an interesting land display...
One of the non-watercraft displays…

The event is sponsored by local Central Coast businesses and on Sunday 18th October 2015 the regatta was, once again, capably and enthusiastically organised by the Lions Club of Green Point and Avoca.