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Our September tugboat race draws an enthusiastic crowd to Manhattan's Pier 84.

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21st Annual North River Tugboat Race & Competition

Another magnificent and memorable day
on the river! Thank you to all in attendance
and all of our supporters.

Top Left: (c) Diane Storm Top Right & Bottom Right: (c) Jhoneen Preece-Doswell Bottom Left: (c) Mitch Waxman

The 1st day of September proved to be an amazing and record breaking day for the Annual Tugboat Race.  12 Tugboats and 1 retired Fireboat raced along the Hudson from Pier I at 72nd Street to Pier 84 at 44th Street.  The fireboat John J. Harvey was not in the competition but lead the Parade of Tugs up the river and raced along side them in exhibition and encouragement.  Also along side the tugs racing down the river was the Circle Line Spectator Boat.  On board these spectators had the best seat in the house as they watched a record breaking finish by tug Resolute of McAllister Towing with a time of 5 minutes.  In fact the race as a whole was the fastest overall in the 21 years of the competition.  There was one exception and also another record broken, the slowest finishing time of 30 minutes went to Lt. Michael MurphyLt Michael Murphy broke down mid race but did not quit.  After some repairs, owner Scott Keon and his crew made it past the finish line and were awarded 3rd Place in Division C.  In addition to all this excitement, Miller's Launch Tug Debora Miller brought the best mascot we have ever seen in tugrace actual live donkey.  Indeed the donkey won the award for best Mascot. 

Image (c) Jhoneen Preece-Doswell

To See Race Results and Complete Awards List Click Here

This event made possible by the generous support of:

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
NYC Economic Development Corporation
Friends of Hudson River Park (co-sponsor)
Hudson River Park Trust (our host venue)
Reinauer Transportation
McAllister Towing
Miller’s Tugs & Barge
Kirby Offshore Marine
(formerly K-Sea)
Metropolitan Marine Transportation
Bren Transportation
Vane Brothers

P.D. O’Hurleys (food & beverage)
Chritina Sun - (tee shirt art)
and Capt. Jerry Roberts, Founder of Race & Chief Judge/Announcer
US Coast Guard (permitting & support)
US Coast Guard Auxiliary (support vessels)
Thunder - Raritan Riverkeeper (race committee boat)
FDNY (fireboat water display)
US Army Corps of Engineers (finish line vessel)
Allens Inc – Popeye Spinach (cans of spinach for spinach eating contest)
Whole Foods (bowls for spinach eating contest)
South Street Seaport Museum (hawser for amateur line toss)
David Cunningham, Architect (assembly permit drawings)
West 44th Street Block Association (volunteers)
Meg Black, WHC Program Director
Capt. Betsy Frawley Haggerty (alternate chief judge & publicist)
Capt. Steve Bendo (port captain and judge)
Nelson Chin, Capt Maggie Flanagan, Mike Abegg, Lee & Ben Wellington, Renee & Gordon Stanley (maritime volunteers & contest coordinators)
Jean Preece (Spinach Eating Contest)
Plus the many volunteers of the Working Harbor Committee







Winning Line Toss (c) Mitch Waxman

Click here to see more of WHC Photographer
Mitch Waxman's Tugrace 2013 Photos

Check Out These Great Blogs
and Photo Sites of the Tugboat Race:

Working Harbor Commitee Blog

Wind Against Current


Tugster: Part A

Tugster: Part B

Tugster: Part C

Tugster: Part D

Mitch Waxman Photos

Tugrace Video on YouTube

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