The Duck Boat Derby has been run by various organisation in Waiuku since the 1980's.
Franklin Young Mariners run the event as a fundraiser to support their activities throughout the year. They are a volunteer organisation providing opportunities for fun, friendship and adventure for girls between the age of 8 and 18. The event is turning into something of the rugby sevens for Waiuku with crews and spectators dressing up for the occasion.
Duck boats shallow flat bottom boats used for duck shooting.
Franklin Young Mariners currently have 10 duck boats that were previously built for this event.
All boats are much the same ensuring a more fair competition between crews, although some are still bound to blame their tools.