Whaling Days ducks “Catch the Wave”

Silverdale Rotarian Bob Cathcart uses a leaf blower to help the ducks make their way toward the finish line in Sunday’s Great Kitsap Duck Race. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Silverdale Rotarian Bob Cathcart uses a leaf blower to help the ducks make their way toward the finish line in Sunday’s Great Kitsap Duck Race.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

Gray clouds hung over Silverdale as more than 24,000 bright yellow rubber ducks raced for the shoreline in Dyes Inlet at Silverdale Waterfront Park during the Whaling Days celebration Sunday.

Cheers echoed along the water as many “duck owners” waited in anticipation, hoping theirs would be the first to arrive at the shoreline. With the tide in and winds blowing from the southwest, the Great Kitsap Duck Race was over shortly after it began.

“They lined up with the tide so the race was quick,” said Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer with a laugh. “No ducks were AWOL this year.”

Although every year brings its own set of challenges, Silverdale Rotarian Bob Cathcart said the race lasted approximately 10 minutes, moving the ducks at a quicker than normal pace. Flocking to the finish line, each and every duck behaved itself with no escapees recorded.

“Every year (of the duck race) is different,” Cathcart added with a smile as he dumped a crate full of saltwater-covered ducks into a freshwater bath. “Every year has its own individual challenges.”

Patricia Roberts, chairwoman of the duck race and more affectionately known as “Madam Duck” said she was pleased with the speed of this year’s race.

“I thought (the race) went very well,” she added with a smile. “I was very happy with the results ... we raised around $90,000, that was my goal.”

With a majority of the proceeds going toward Hospice of Kitsap County, funds raised at the race also will benefit various Rotary projects in Silverdale.

“The duck race is more than raising money,” Roberts said. “It’s become an institution and is part of Whaling Days ... I really like how the community comes together.”

Scott Slocum, immediate past president of Whaling Days, said more ducks were sold this year than in any past years.

“It was a short race ... raising more than $92,000 in ticket sales themselves, we’re excited about it,” he said.

Although every duck had their “eye on the prize,” it was Barb Botkin’s, of Bremerton, yellow, feathered racer that got her the grand prize of the race, a 2007 Nissan Frontier king cab truck or $16,000 cash.

Slocum said that the bulk of the awards can be picked up at American Marine Bank at 9490 Silverdale Way. Winners should ask for Mechelle Hoerer and must appear in person with their proper ID, including their duck adoption certificate number. Prizes are available for pickup now. This year’s winners and their prizes are:

• Barb Botkin, Bremerton. Nissan Frontier King Cab pickup truck or $16,000 cash donated by Advantage Nissan, Bremerton.

• Florence Lovelace, Silverdale. Seven-day cruise for two donated by Holland American Line Westours, Inc.

• Patty Oviatt, Gig Harbor. Coleman spa donated by Four Seasons Pools & Spas.

• Angela Henderson, Bremerton. Diamond tennis bracelet donated by Ben Bridge.

• Cyd Wadlow, Silverdale. Furnace or electronic air cleaner donated by Quality Heating.

• Mary WHitman, Bremerton. $1,000 cash prize from Kitsap Credit Union.

• Mark Kuehn, Pfaff 200c Sewing Machine donated by Sound Sewing.

• Holly Meier, Port Orchard. 25 yards of 3/4 min or 11/4 min gravel donated by Penny Creek Quarry.

• Mary Gero, Silverdale. Six hours in limousine rides including gratuities donated by Galaxy Limousine.

• Darlene Kerr, Silverdale. EE savings bond for American Marine Bank.

• Douglas White, Bremerton. Waterfront view hotel room and spa service certificate donated by Suquamish Casino & Resort.

• Kristen Showalter, South Colby. Barbecue grill donated by Home Depot.

• Ben Funai, Bremerton. Wine tasting and dinner for eight at Grape Expectations Wine Shop and Tony’s Italian Restaurant.

• B. Wheeler, 12 yards of topsoil donated by Asbury’s Topsoil, Inc.

• Debbie Holm, Bremerton. Mojave off-road bicycle donated by Silverdale Cyclery.

• Michael Hanson, Bremerton. $250 Macy’s gift certificate.

• Melisa Smith, Silverdale. $250 gift certificate to Clear Creek Nursery.

• Shannon Ray, Silverdale. First day service at Wagner Family Chiropractic Center.

• Bernice Rinell, Poulsbo. Six Coldstone Creamery cakes (one per month).

• Dr. Schapp, Bremerton. Sports memorabilia from Guay & Sons Enterprises.

• Bill Vale, Suqamish. Sports memorabilia from Swell and Wacky Collectibles.

• Barbara Johnson, Port Orchard. Three-month membership to Silverdale Fitness Center.

• Cynthia Deare, three-month membership to Silverdale Fitness Center.

• Pat McCotter, three-month membership to Silverdale Fitness Center.

• Mary Trundeau, Silverdale. Custom framing certificates from Old Town Custom Framing and Gallery.

• Victoria Chaplin, Kent. Massage from Old Town Massage.

• C.W. O’Hara, designer cut, style and spa pedicure from Kenneth L. Salon and Spa.

• Randi Strong-Sodorstrom, gift certificate to Wild Bird Center.

• Bernice Rinell, Poulsbo. Gift certificate to Poulsbo Dream Dinner.

• D. Tucker, Port Orchard. Gift Certificate to Camp Union Cookhouse.

• Hazel Senior, gift basket by Turie’s Seabeck Espresso.

• Alex Johnson, Kingston. Gift certificate to Silverdale Cleaners.

• Nate Carter, Bremerton. Gift certificate to Turie’s Seabeck Espresso.

• J. Davis, Silverdale. Medium pizza combo from Seabeck Pizza.

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