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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.
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 Boats||PHRF >= 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|
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.
|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|
|July 2||NO DUCK DODGE|
|July 23||Christmas in July|
|July 30||Welcome to the Jungle|
|August 20||Great Gatsby|
|August 27||Pink Boat|
|September 3||Committee ReAppreciation (Sesame Street)|
|September 28||Rum Run|
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|
|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)|
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.
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.
Co-founder of the Duck Dodge
(With Mike Rice and Bruce Gilbert)