Morin wins by a beak in Ducky 500

5,850 rubber ducks came thundering down the Courtenay River in the 25th anniversary edition of the Comox Rotary Applebee's Classic race.

COMOX ROTARY CLUB members scoop brightly coloured yellow ducks from the courtenay river for next year's Ducky 500 race.

COMOX ROTARY CLUB members scoop brightly coloured yellow ducks from the courtenay river for next year's Ducky 500 race.

In one of the fastest and most furious finishes in Ducky 500 history, Dean Morin raced from behind to beat Margaret Bono by a beak, as 5,850 rubber ducks came thundering down the Courtenay River in the 25th anniversary edition of the Comox Rotary Applebee’s Classic race.

As usual the raft of ducklings were startled from the gate at the confluence of the Puntledge and the Tsolem rivers by the crack of the HMCS Quadra cannon at 1 p.m. sharp.

Excited cheering youngsters lined the riverside and punters tried in vain to purchase a Ducky 500 ticket, which were sold out before noon.

The yellow horde threatened to overwhelm the brave Rotarians, scooping madly in every direction in their tin boats, but very few of the rubber rapscallions escaped and they will return in 2013 for the 26th running.

Congratulations to the winners (in order of first to 10th place): Dean Morin, Margaret Bono, Marvin Haave, Carla Lee, Terri Shukin, Baz Baclinski, Blinds, Billiards and Baubles, Jackie Carlyle, L. Aucoin and Myra Wilson and Trevor Shoesmith sharing the 10th prize.

Comox Rotary president Garry (Duck Tape) Steele, thanked all the sponsors and ticket holders and everyone who helped make the race a success and pointed out that every penny earned by the Comox Rotary Club from the sale of Ducky tickets goes to help the people in the Comox Valley who need the help the most.

— Comox Rotary Club