Last updated on March 24, 2020
A cool southerly didnt deter wooden boat enthusiasts in the Sutherland Shire who stepped back in time again on Sunday for the annual Port Hacking Putters Regatta.
Over 50 Putt Putt, Classic and Wooden vessels lined up at Hungry Point to celebrate the history of boating on Port Hacking and help raise awareness about local boating safety, particularly Logging On with Marine Rescue NSW.
James Glissan ESM, QC and Board Chair of MRNSW rang the bell to send off the colourful Parade of Vessels who navigated around the bays from Hungry Point to Lilli Pillli Point. Spectators watched on from the ferry Tom Thumb III and prominent vantage points to enjoy the flotilla of classic vessels.
Cronulla MP Mark Speakman awarded “Little Miss Chatterobx” with the Pride of the Port award and “Little Prince” received the coveted Heritage Award. Mayor Carmelo Pesce was also on hand to present “Vasco Da Gama” with Best Dressed for their inventive construction site theme and Burraneer Bay Marina’s Marley Cutbush identified “Michelle Louise” as the Best Putter on the day.
Deputy Unit Commander Jan Borgelt selected the vessel ‘Swanee’ for the Commanders Commendation for Boating Safety and ‘Narrabeen’ won the Commodore’s Call, presented by the RMYC’s Steve McManus.
Commodore of the Port Hacking Putters, Brad Whittaker said the support of Cronulla Ferries also generated funds for Marine Rescue Botany Port Hacking volunteers, who do a great job of watching over the large boating community on the area’s busy waterways.