Last updated on March 24, 2020
It was a return to a simpler time when more than 60 classic vessels lined up for the Port Hacking Putters Regatta, an event that was brought back to life to celebrate the history of boating on the Port Hacking River.
On a perfect Putting day, with a slight nor-easter pushing the competitors along, all got into the spirit dressing up for the occasion and lining up for the “slow sprint” along the Hacking river.
The slowest boat was also the most vocal letting off its steam whistle intermittently as it followed the historic fleet around the course.
After a morning dip at the Shark Island Swim, Cronulla MP Mark Speakman sent the putters on their way.
He acknowledged the outstanding service of the local Marine Rescue Unit’s 133 volunteers committed to helping keep boaters safe on the water, before ‘ringing the bell’, sending the colourful flotilla off on a course that skirted the Port Hacking’s scenic waterways.
Given boating safety was a key message from the event, vessels were logged on and off with Marine Rescue Botany Port Hacking who provide a 24/7 rescue service to the local boating community on the Port Hacking and Georges rivers, Botany Bay and offshore waters.
Commodore of the Port Hacking Putters, Brad Whittaker, was overwhelmed with the turn out for this year’s regatta and acknowledged the efforts of all involved in making the day a great success.
” There was a great community atmosphere out on the water, we were surprised to see that a great number of spectators had lined the shoreline” Brad Whittaker
“There was a great community atmosphere out on the water, the weather was perfect and we were surprised to see that a great number of spectators had lined the shoreline, at key vantage points, along the route,” Mr Whittaker said.
“Support from RMS and local businesses including Colortile, Burraneer Bay Marina, Cronulla Ferries and others was a key factor in the success of the regatta.”
Participants and guests on the Tom Thumb 3 raised $800 that will be presented to Lewis Stockbridge representing Marine Rescue Botany Port Hacking .