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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Ducks back ready to race Narooma Australia Day

One thousand Narooma ducks will be off with a flying start from Narooma Bridge at 4pm this Thursday 26 January for the Great Australia Day Rotary Duck Race.

“The race is tide dependent and the most convenient outgoing time on that day is late afternoon, hence the 4pm start,” said Narooma Rotary Race Coordinator Julie Hartley.

With the assistance of onlookers, 1,000 ducks will be dropped off Narooma Bridge.

“‘We’re hoping for perfect weather, good crowds and a quick race downstream to the Apex Park boat ramp finish line,” Mrs Hartley said.

“Many of the ducks have been in training so it should be a tight race.”

All tickets are now sold. The first duck across the line wins $1,000 for the person whose ticket corresponds to the number on the duck. The last duck across the line wins $100.

Nominated independent judges will determine the first and last across the line.

Proceeds this year will go towards Carers’ Accommodation at the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital (the Carers’ Accommodation is a Eurobodalla Rotary initiative) and prostate cancer research through the Narooma Prostate Cancer Support Group.

Mrs Hartley said over the last few Australia Day Duck Races, not a single duck has been lost at sea.

Above: Ducks ready to go for the start of the 2022 Great Australia Day Rotary Duck Race with the help of onlookers. It’s always a fun event.

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