Duck race is a real quacker!

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Eager duck 'owners' wait patiently for the ducks on their way down the Black Lynn at Stevenson Street. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn
Eager duck ‘owners’ wait patiently for the ducks on their way down the Black Lynn at Stevenson Street. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn

Unlike last year, when the weather on the day had rain beyond belief, this year’s Oban Rotary Club duck race took place in benign conditions with very little water or flow in the Black Lynn.

Indeed, the ducks had to be ‘encouraged’ by three brave Rotarians, who took up residence in the burn, to reach their destination in Oban Bay.

The slowness of the ducks, however, made it more of a spectacle as the large number of onlookers, especially the children, were able to appreciate the procession in what was a rather sedate form!

The event was, as usual, a great success with more than £2,000 being raised for local good causes and Oban Rotary is grateful to the continuing generosity of locals and the many visitors who bought ducks.

Rotary member Chris Sutton retrieves the first duck home - yellow number two. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn
Rotary member Chris Sutton retrieves the first duck home – yellow number two. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn

Fundraising aside, Oban Rotary sees the annual duck race as a fun event which provides entertainment for both locals and visitors during the summer season.

The event involves dropping 500 ducks in four colours – blue, green, red and yellow – in to the Black Lynn at the Combie Street bridge with the first three to appear in Oban Bay the winners.

The winners were yellow duck number two (two winners who each received £50), blue duck 110 (one winner getting £25) and green duck 74 (three winners who each received £15).

Oban Rotary president Iain MacIntyre launched the ducks and feathers into the Black Lynn to be received by their guardians, Rotarians Chris Sutton, Tommy MacQuade and Roger Parry.

All 500 ducks were safely retrieved from Oban Bay by Chris Sutton using a rowing boat which was a spectacle in itself.