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Alison Marcotte / KPLU

Capt. Larry Kezner blows the horn of the Fremont Avenue passenger vessel and undocks his boat from South Lake Union Park. Andy Kim’s popular ‘70s tune “Rock Me Gently” plays through the speakers as Kezner steers the boat around the southern shore of Lake Union. “Funky” background music is a staple of Kezner’s tours.

“Welcome aboard the Fremont Avenue,” he says over the intercom to the 24 passengers on board. “Thank you guys for coming out. Good sports for the cloudy day here.”

Mallory Kaniss / KPLU

Summer is underway, and with it comes a long-standing Seattle tradition: the Duck Dodge. Nearly every Tuesday night, dozens of sailboats and dinghies do laps around a triangular course on Seattle's Lake Union. The Dodge has been around for 38 years, and it draws anywhere from 50 to 90 boats each week.

Captain Jiri Senkyrik, a Duck Dodge regular, says the prizes are dignity, pride, and a little gold duck sticker to display on your mast.

The weather forecast for Friday is sunny and a high of 76 degrees! It’s the perfect day to come out to South Lake Union for the 7th Annual Block Party at Denny Way & Westlake Avenue, beginning at noon.