More Tugboat Race shots from our own WHC official photographer, Mitch Waxman, photographing from the Safety Boat for you to enjoy.
Kudos to anyone who can take photos from a small vessel during the Tugboat Race. I tried doing that from a small vessel one year (Thanks Carter Craft!), and let me just say – Serious WAKE! I spent more time holding on than taking pictures.
I’m not sure if many of you know, but come Tugboat Race day, we don’t even know exactly which tugs will be chugging up the North River to participate in the Big Race!
Of course everyone wants to be there, but since tugboats work around the clock, who can make it to the race, depends on work rosters and schedules.
We eagerly scan the horizon to see who’s headed our way, just like all of you!
Check out the Spectator Boat, full of excited enthusiasts getting right in the midst of all the action!
Fireboat John J Harvey arrives, all spiffied-up for the race, engines primed for speed.
See how close the Spectator Boat is to… everything?
Orchestrating behind the scenes, Capt. Maggie Flanagan and Nelson Chin muster the tugs for the Parade of Tugs up river to the start line.
This capture of their precision alignment is testament to the Tug Captains skill!
And they’re off!
After the race, the tugs challenge each other in “Feats of Strength”. Even the Spectator Boat participated unofficially!
Followed by the Line-Toss – which is a LOT harder than it looks. It’s not just about brute strength, it also take some serious accuracy to snag that bollard in one toss.
Right before the Award Ceremony, we made some NOISE for Capt. John Doswell. Thank you David Silver for the Video!
A big Thank You to Mitch for all the beautiful photos and for photographing every WHC event (and donating the use of your images to WHC) for the past … has it been 6 years now… 7? Wow, time sure flies when you’re having fun!