Bruce Watterson, President of the Guernsey Round Table said: ‘The Mini Duck Race is one of the highlights of Harbour Carnival and watching them being released into the sea from a giant net at the mouth of the harbour on the Crown Pier is always very impressive.
The duck that travels the furthest in five minutes with be crowned the winner and receive a £250 cash prize.
‘Ducks will be sold in town (outside Next) each Saturday from 23 May until 13 June and also on the day of the event, Friday 19 June. We’ll also be selling at the Island Youth Games at Footes Lane on 13 June and at Beau Sejour Leisure Centre from Monday 25 May up until the event. The money raised with be split between our main beneficiary, Lihou Charitable Trust, and other local good causes - we’re hoping the mini ducks are a sell-out.’
The organisers are also encouraging primary schools to go quackers over the ducks. Lisa Barnett, from RBC Wealth Management, sponsors of Harbour Carnival said: ‘This year, as Harbour Carnival is taking place during term time, we’ve launched a competition to get all the Island’s Primary schools involved, including Herm. Pupils are invited to ‘dress up’ their ducks which will then be entered into the Mini Duck Race. The designer of the best dressed duck will be awarded a day out at Lihou for his or her whole class and personally invited to officially open the Carnival on the night. As long-term sponsors of Harbour Carnival, we’re glad to be reaching out to young children and hope their imaginations will run wild, decorating their mini duck as creatively as possible.’
Further details on the Mini Duck Race, Best Dressed Duck competition and entry forms to the races can be found at harbourcarnival.gg