Duck Dodge is a weekly, Tuesday night sailing race series from May through September. Sailers from around the Seattle-area participate in this event held on Lake Union.
Races are divided into ~4 “heats” based on the speed and performance of the boats participating. These heats include: 1) Fast Boats (PHRF < 127). 2) Half Fast Boats (PHRF < 216), 3) Cruising/Slow Boats (PHRF >= 216), and 4) Dinghies. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners within each heat receive a gold, silver, or bronze duck stickers. Each weekly race has a special theme (i.e; “Tropical Night”, “Toga Night’ etc.) so please dress up! The boat with the best decorations and/or costumes may win an honorary black duck sticker.
Once all of the sailboat races have finished, boats “raft-up” — anchor and tie up together to celebrate the race (this is completely optional)! At the raft-up, club members can grill food and meet the crew of neighboring boats. Once the raft-up ends, club members sail back to the WAC, and come back next week.
- Duck Dodge races happen every Tuesday night from May through September.
- ~1 week before the Duck Dodge race — Sign up to participate in a WYC Duck Dodge group.
- — Day of Race —
- 5-6pm — Meet at the WAC to prepare and load boats.
- 6pm — Pick up additional members from Ivar’s Fish Bar dock (may be possible only if pre-arranged with boat skippers).
- 7pm — Duck Dodge races begin.
- ~8pm — Duck Dodge races finish, and raft-up beings (optional)
- 10 pm — Raft-up ends, return to WAC, and de-rig boats.
Waterfront Activity Center (WAC)
Ivar's Fish Bar
- Duck Dodge Facebook Group — Current source where Duck Dodge information is shared.
- DuckDodge.com — Duck Dodge’s website (out of date). Contains in-depth information of the history of the event, racing rules, and past themes.
- Duck Dodge King5 Article (2018) — A King5 news article describing the event and its history.