Captain Quacker will not be defending his crown at the Ducky 500.

Captain Quacker will not be defending his crown at the Ducky 500.

Coffee with … Captain Quacker

Ducky 500 champ retired

Captain Quacker will not be defending his championship.

Hey, Kentucky Derby horses retire after their wins; why can’t he?

Besides, it’s a young duck’s race. One duck year equals 18 human years, at least according to Captain Quacker.

“I’m old now. I’ve done my duty. It’s time to step aside and let someone else take the glory.”

He’d like to keep it in the family, however.  Captain Quacker promises to be wading in the reeds, cheering for his off-spring in this year’s 28th Annual Rotary Club of Comox Ducky 500.

“My sons Wingston and Bill, will be racing this year, as will my daughter, Feather. I’ve been training with them since April and I think they could be the dark-ducks, so to speak.”

Last year’s Ducky 500 was one for the ages.

Captain Quacker  remembers it like it was yesterday.

“I got such a good first kick,” he said. “I led wire-to-wire. I looked over my shoulder after the first 30 metres and I already had a 10 duck-length lead. From there I caught a current and there was no one catching me. It was a race for second.”

His adoptive family, Gayln Franklin and Kelly Shopland, were the big benefactors of Captain Quacker’s historic swim.

They won the grand prize – a cruise vacation.

Oddsmakers were not fooled. Captain Quacker was one of the favourites going in, mostly due to his genes.

He comes from a long line of rubber duck-racing phenoms.

His grandfather, Major Mudhen, won the inaugural Rotary Duck Race in Maple Ridge in 2011.

His great uncle Donald won the 2010 Quacker 5000 in Campbell River. His great-great grandfather, Moses Mallard, won that same race in 2006 and his third cousin, twice removed – Woody – won the Pincher Creek Rotary Duck Race in 2013.

“Our family was built for speed,” said Captain Quacker.

There is still time to buy a duck for the 2015 Ducky 500. Rotarians will be at locations throughout the Comox Valley until race day, July 1.

The grand prize this year is, once again, a cruise vacation (or $5,000 cash). Second prize is a Disneyland family vacation (or $3,500 cash). Third prize is four days at the Flamingo in Las Vegas.

For a complete list of prizes, as well as contest rules, go to ducky500.ca

Quality Foods Comox will have tickets for sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday this week, and tickets are also available at the Comox Valley Record office (765 McPhee Ave. Courtenay). Other sale locations can be found online at ducky500.ca. Get yours today.

With any luck, you’ll draw Wingston as your duck. Or Bill.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Courtenay–Alberni MP Gord Johns says 12 million Canadians do not have dental insurance. Photo by Bofu Shaw, courtesy of Unsplash
Courtenay–Alberni MP, CDA consider dental care for all Canadians

Gord Johns has initiated a mail-out that asks constituents the date of… Continue reading

A 407 Squadron CP-140 Aurora, along with a Halifax-Class frigate enforce United Nations sanctions against North Korea in support of Op Neon in 2019. Canadian Forces photo/submitted
407 Squadron defends Canada for 80 years

The Comox-based squadron celebrating special anniversary

Jasmine Francoeur from Comox is an aviation technician for the Snowbirds air demonstration team. Photo by Canadian Forces/submitted
Comox’s Jasmine Francoeur’s career comes full circle with the Snowbirds

“To fly out here, fly into my hometown, it’s very special and I feel very lucky”

The school board is endorsing a national coalition for healthy food in schools. Screenshot, Comox Valley Schools
Comox Valley school board backs national healthy food initiative

Coalition for Healthy School Food wants federal government to invest in food program

Comox Valley RCMP have responded to an increased amount of calls last year within the Town of Comox. File photo
Policing calls for traffic, domestic assault increasing within Town of Comox: RCMP

There were 2,806 calls for service within the town in 2020

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. to start releasing neighbourhood-specific COVID numbers after data leak

Documents obtained by the Vancouver Sun show cases broken down by neighbourhoods

Ladysmith RCMP safely escorted the black bear to the woods near Ladysmith Cemetary. (Town of Ladysmith/Facebook photo)
Black bear tranquillized, relocated after wandering around residential Ladysmith

A juvenile black bear was spotted near 2nd Avenue earlier Friday morning

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix update B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count creeps up, seven more deaths

445 people in hospital, 157 in intensive care

Summerland’s positive test rate is much higher than surrounding local health areas, according to internal BC CDC documents. (BC CDC)
Summerland 3rd behind Surrey, Abbotsford in daily per capita COVID-19 cases

Interior Health is rolling out additional vaccine availability to the community

Amazon is pausing its Prime Day marketing event in Canada this year amid ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at its facilities in Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Amazon Prime Day halted in Canada due to COVID-19 outbreaks in warehouses

The event was postponed to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, the company says

Ally Thomas, 12, seen in an undated family handout photo, died on April 14 from a suspected overdose. Her family says they are frustrated more public supports weren't available when they tried to get her help. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Minister says suspected overdose death of 12-year-old pushing B.C. to ‘do better’

Minister Sheila Malcolmson of Mental Health and Addictions says the government is working ‘as hard as we can’ to build a system of care for youths

Most Read