Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's Tuesday - Time for the Duck Dodge

In this case, maybe it should be called the Dog Dodge!
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 there was some concern that people wouldn't "get it" if it was just called it the Duck Dodge.

It is an informal sail boat race on Seattle's Lake Union Tuesdays all summer long! On warm days we love to take our lawn chairs and a picnic, and watch.

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