Race Results

Send corrections, updates and boat information to info@duckdodge.com.

  • The following is a list of results for DuckDodge racing, going back to 1997.
  • Every attempt is made to identify the make, model and phrf-rating using a registry of active PHRF members (Local Registry). What are PHRF Ratings? (Info|PDF)
  • Note: PHRF ratings are not 100% translatable to lake-racing, however, they help to establish a benchmark of a boat's performance relative to other racers.
  • It is our hope that this will help to raise the visibility of boats which drastically out-compete other boats in their class and aid in making a more competitive race for every participant.
  • Date  


    Race Statistics

    After evaluating the results for the given time period, we've looked at all the winning boats for their start and compared the boat's PHRF rating against the start's range of allowed ratings. If the boat was found to out-class all other boats in the start, they are included below.

    Super Yachts with a PHRF rating <= 60, that choose to compete are also included, as they are the initial trigger for boats starting in 2nd start (as they can't be beaten by normal 1st start boats).

    Start # Boats Outclassing Start % Boats Outclassing Start
    1 0 out of 0 0.0%
    2 0 out of 0 0.0%
    3 0 out of 0 0.0%
    4 0 out of 0 0.0%

    Based on this information, it is recommended that Super Yachts should not be included in race results, as they are the catalyst for other boats moving up a start in an effort to have a more competitive race. In addition, boats that outclass their start should be moved into a faster start.


    Start Times

    Shortly before the race, the committee boat will display the course from a sign on the side of the boat. Besure to note how many laps, as it change depending on the wind.

    NOTE: Collisions are on the rise, especially in 2nd start (which contains a majority of the boats). If you're a racer, regardless of your start, please remember not everyone on the water knows the rules or how to maneuver in tight conditions, try to give room and be aware of different skill-levels.

    CLASS BREAKS: Kevin Dolan's Distance (Buchan 37 with PHRF:126) is considered the slowest boat in 1st start. Any boat faster or equal to this boat should be in 1st start. If you are racing in any other start, please move up.

      Start Time Boat Types Speed (Info|PDF) Comment
    Use good judgement, if you win all the time, maybe you should move up a start.
    1st Start 7:00pm Fast Boats PHRF < 127 Race Boats and Boats with Race Crews (Kevin's Dolan's DISTANCE is the cut-off)
    Farr 30, Flying Tiger 10m, J30/37/80/100/105, Olson 30, etc
    2nd Start 7:05pm Half Fast Boats PHRF < 216 Flying Sails, Semi-Competitive
    J22/24/27, Hotfoot 27, SC27, Ranger 26/29/29/30/32/33/37, etc
    3rd Start 7:10pm Cruising/Slow BoatsPHRF >= 216 Slow, Non-Flying Sails, Non-Competitive
    Catalina 27, Newport 28, San Juan 24, Columbia 26, Santana 20, Ranger 22/23, etc
    4th Start 7:15pm Dinghy Class   Give'em a Beer


    Race Schedule (Themes)

    Every week, a theme is assigned for the given race with a "Black Duck awarded to the best boat. Unless you have a fast boat for your start, this is your best chance for a sticker.

    Date Race Theme
    May 7 Committee Appreciation (Skippers Choice)
    May 14 Game of Thrones
    May 21 Star Wars (and other out of this world things)
    May 28 Smells like....Team Spirit
    June 4 Crazy Wigs
    June 11 Decades (50s, 60s, 70s....you pick)
    June 18 Mardi Gras
    June 25 Prom
    July 2 NO DUCK DODGE
    July 9 Pirate
    July 16 Pajama
    July 23 Christmas in July
    July 30 Welcome to the Jungle
    August 6 Toga
    August 13 Tropical
    August 20 Great Gatsby
    August 27 Pink Boat
    September 3 Committee ReAppreciation (Sesame Street)
    September 28 Rum Run


    Race Rules

    Registration: Sail by the committee boat before the start and hail with your START NUMBER. Ensure that they acknowledge you, sail out of the area. Thanks it! There are no customers, unless you go really way off course.

    Rule #Rule Desc
    Rule 1 COLREGS Section II, Rule 12
  • Starboard Tack has Right of Way
  • Windward gives way to Leeward (if both on Starboard)
  • Rule 2 Rules of the (Nautical) Road aka COLREGS
    NOTE: These are not that same as the rules for driving a vehicle on roadway.
    Rule 3 No hitting one-another(With or without boats)
    Rule 4 Take all marks to PORT unless noted on Race Course
    Rule 5 No hitting one-another
    Rule 6 Bribing the committee is against the rules (while anybody is looking)
    Rule 7 No hitting one-another
    Rule 8 There is no rule number 8
    Rule 9 No hitting one-another
    Rule 10 Follow all the rules
    Rule 11 No hitting one-another
    Rule 12 Never make a duck change its course (Dodge the Duck)


    Raft Up Information

    After the race, about 50% of the boat choose to raft-up with the committee boat and continue their revelry. It's worth doing once. But mostly, it's for people that are more interested in dressing-up and drinking.

    Warning: The raft up is overwhelmingly represented by Bro's and Bra's who sometimes need adult supervision to keep boats from being broken, damaged or items stolen.


    Historical Information

    Click to Enlarge

    Actually, the original name was the "Tenas Chuck Duck Dodge". Tenas Chuck is the native american name for Lake Union (Chuck means "water", as in the Pilchuck, Skookumchuck, Chuckanut, Saltchuck, etc.) Duck Dodge one would assume means that in order to navigate the course one must either duck Dodges or dodge ducks. Since there are probably more ducks on Lake Union than Dodges, it is safe to assume the latter.

    The original handbill announcing the first (technically second) Duck Dodge in 1974 actually has a sub-title of "Lake Union Beer Can Regatta". This was included because a friend of mine was worried that people wouldn't "get it" if we just called it the Duck Dodge.

    Anyway, just some worthless trivia for you. I have much much more if anyone cares.

    Ron Lloyd,
    Co-founder of the Duck Dodge
    (With Mike Rice and Bruce Gilbert)