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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


Sunday Sept 6, 2015: The “Doswell Effect” was in full force for an exciting day on the Great North River. Here are some photos of the event, with more to follow.

Parade of tugs headed for the starting line. Photo by John Skelson

US Army Corps “Hayward” marked the finish line. Photo by John Skelson

Mister T and Eric R. Thornton. Photo by John Skelson

Ready to race, Buchannan1, Buchannan 12 and Robert E. McAllister. Photo by John Skelson

The race is on – Robert E. McAllister, James William and Thomas D. Witte. Photo by John Skelson

Spectators on the Circle Line Spectator Boat. Photo by John Skelson

Robert E. McAllister takes the lead. Photo by John Skelson

Patricia racing hard. Photo by John Skelson

Race winner Robert E. McAllister gets a fireboat salute from John J Harvey. Photo by John Skelson

Susan and Catherine C. Miller battle it out in the Nose-to-Nose Pushing Competition. Photo by John Skelson

Spectators on Pier 84. Photo by John Skelson

Thomas D Witte Line Toss Competition. Photo by John Skelson

She loves her spinach. Photo by John Skelson

Spectators get to race along with the tugs aboard the Circle Line… Photo by Stanley Martyniak

NY Media Boat and Thomas D Witte. Photo by John Skelson


Keep an eye out for more photos over the weekend…

All photos by John Skelson (except as noted), generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee


[Ed. note: I’m posting John Skelson’s Ship Spotting series a day early for you all to enjoy!

Stay tuned for more from Skelson and from many more waterfront friends and family from all across the harbor!]



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