THE tricky Wagonga Inlet tide played havoc on the New Year’s Day duck race organised by the Narooma Surf Life Saving Club.
The plan was to wait for the incoming tide and run the little yellow rubber ducks from the Apex Park area down to the Narooma Bridge.
But the inlet has a mind of its own and organisers had to wait for the tide to eventually change with a large crowd gathered on the Narooma boardwalk to watch proceedings.
Locals knew to watch the moored yachts that give an indication as to which way the tide is flowing.
The 500 ducks were eventually released but their progress toward the bridge was painfully slow.
They all eventually made it with the winning duck, No. 188, belonging to a Canberra man who graciously agreed to give his $500 winnings back to the club.
The tickets for the race are sold to visitors in the local Narooma caravan parks, even though a few locals commented on the Narooma News Facebook that they wanted to get tickets.
The next chance to get duck race tickets will be for the annual Australia Day duck race organised by the Narooma Rotary Club.