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The San Diego Duck Derby

Ready to set sail around the San Diego Bay every Friday night? Join us for an adrenaline-fueled pursuit-style sailing race followed by a raft up afterparty!

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This event pays homage to the Seattle Duck Dodge for creating these important rules of conduckt.

Registration Form

✅ Thanks a Duckload for Submitting!

Rules & Regulations

Rule 1: Adhere to COLREGS Section II, Rule 12

  • Starboard Tack has Right of Way

  • Windward gives way to Leeward (if both on Starboard)

  • Follow the Rules of the (Nautical) Road aka COLREGS

Rule 2: No hitting one-another (with or without boats)

Rule 3: Take all marks to PORT unless noted on Race Course

Rule 4: No hitting one-another

Rule 5: Bribing the committee is against the rules while anybody is looking

Rule 6: No hitting one-another

Rule 7: There is no rule number 7

Rule 8: No hitting one-another

Rule 9: Follow all the rules

Rule 10: No hitting one-another

Rule 11: Never make a duck change its course (Dodge the Duck)

How-to Guide

How: Fill out the form to receive your start time. On the day, sail by the committee boat (on starboard) before the start and call out your start number. Make sure the committee acknowledges you, then sail away from the area.

Where: The start will be in front of Bali Hai on Shelter Island.

When: Every Friday evening at 6:00 pm (starting March 31st, 2023)

Race Type: Pursuit Race

Cost: Free


Ok, really though... what is this "Race" about?


Alright, listen up, folks. We're about to tell you about the coolest event in the bay - the San Diego Duck Derby. This one-of-a-kind event brings together sailors from all over the galaxy... but mostly from San Diego.

Basically, the San Diego Duck Derby is a fun pursuit style sail race around the bay, where the slowpokes start first and the speed demons start later. It's a game of duck, duck, goose but on the water! And don't worry about your skill level - this race is open to anyone who wants to have some fun. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or a newbie, you're welcome to join us. We don't discriminate here.

Oh, and did we mention the after-party? Yeah, we're gonna have one of those, too. We'll be hanging out, drinking, and having a good time. If you're lucky, you might get a trophy, but it won't be cool.

So, if you want to be part of the coolest event in San Diego, then mark your calendar and join us. But if you're not interested, then that's cool, too. We'll just be over here, having a blast without you.

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