Sacred Heart Guild to Host Seventh Annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta on Oct. 7


Save the date for this year’s seventh annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta on Saturday, Oct.7 benefiting Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Volunteer Guild. The event features fun activities for the whole family, including face painters, Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters, and a scavenger hunt. The event begins at 10 a.m. with the duck race beginning at 1:00 p.m.

During the event approximately 3,000 ducks will race across the Lagoon at the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Prizes will be awarded to the owners of the first ducks to cross the finish line, including a $5,000 first place prize! Additional prizes include Walt Disney World passes, Southwest Airline passes and much more.  

Ducks are available for adoption at the Sacred Heart Hospital Gift Shop in Miramar Beach, online at or at Baytowne Wharf the day of the event. Make a donation of $10 or more to the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Guild to adopt a duck. Adopt one duck for $10, three ducks for $27, six ducks for $50 or 12 ducks for $100.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is building a 10-bed, level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to provide high quality, personalized care for babies who need special medical attention during the first days of a child’s life. Your donations to the 2017 Duck Regatta will help acquire an important and essential part of this Mission – a Giraffe Omnibed Carestation, which will provide the best possible care for our critically ill newborns and preemies.   

The Emerald Coast Duck Regatta is generously supported by many organizations in the community, including event sponsors; gift in kind sponsors and community sponsors. A full list of the sponsors and information about how to support this exciting event are listed at