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The 24th annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition will take place on Sunday, 9 October, 2016, at Pier 84, West 44 Street and 12 Avenue in Manhattan.

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See our mighty tug friends compete on the Great North River, some of you might call it the Hudson River, in a massive show of strength and agility!

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Our spectator boat departs Pier 83 (W. 43/12 Ave) at 9:30 am sharp, so we can get in the best spot for the parade of tugs.

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Come race time, the spectator boat races alongside the tugs, you’ll be close enough to get splashed by the spray kicked up by the racing tugs!

For this excellent vantage point, get tickets for the spectator boat here.

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The Parade of Tugs starts things off at 10 a.m., you’ll get to see all the tugs and other participating vessels shake their shimmy on the Hudson before the big line up for the race.

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After the speed event, the mighty feats of strength competition begins where the tugs face-off nose-to-nose in a pushing contest.

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Watch the tugboaters, their families and crew get into the spirit with a dash of friendly rivalry and tons of fun.

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Come ashore for the pro line-toss competitions and cheer on your favorite tug-teams! We’ll also have amateur line-toss contests on the pier for both adult and kid divisions. See if you have a future career as a deckhand!

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And of course, don’t miss our popular spinach-eating contest! You’ll have a bunch of top competitors to beat – last years winner of the adult division downed the spinach in just 8 seconds. Better get practicing… !

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There’ll also be mascots, and tattoos and sailors, oh my! And lots and lots of fun for kids young and old!

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See you at the tugboat race – Sunday October 9th at Pier 84

 

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

 

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NOAA tracks TS Hermine. NYC Emergency Management Watch Command

 

Just a few days ago, we were looking forward to a bright and sunny weekend and hosting our Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition for the 24th year running.

All that changed when Tropical Storm Hermine made a pin wheel turn in the gulf and staggered across Florida’s panhandle bringing high winds, flooding and damage in her wake.

WHC HQ exploded into a flurry of phone calls, emails and meetings, gathering storm track projections and wind and surge possibilities from Coast Guard, local authorities and seasoned NY harbor mariners.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York: “With the potential for tropical depressions and rip currents in our area, our overall concern is ensuring the safety of everyone on the water,” said Capt. Thomas Morkan, Deputy of Sector New York command center. “We want to stress the importance of safety to all mariners, personal watercraft users, and beachgoers as these two weather systems pass through our region.”

NYC Emergency Management urges New Yorkers to prepare for possible impacts of Tropical Storm Hermine. The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the New York City area until further notice. A Storm Surge Watch has also been issued for New York City coastal areas until further notice. All New York City beaches closed for swimming on Sunday.

That did it. As disappointing as it was to have to make the call, it had to be made and Meg Black, WHC’s interim Executive Director made the call. The safety of our guests, competitors, participants and volunteers comes first – we knew we had to postpone the race. We’ve rescheduled Tugboat Race day for Sunday 9 October, 2016.

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We do hope you can join us on Sunday October 9, from 10am-2pm for our 24th annual Great North River Tugboat race & Competition. Our Spectator Boat will depart at 9:30am. We’ll have all the competitions as planned – spinach-eating, feats of strength, line-tossing, tattoo boasting, and racing tugboats of all shapes and sizes!

Have a safe weekend everybody, and I hope see you all in October at the Tugboat Race!

 

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

 

 

 

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