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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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12 days to go until the BIG race!

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Competitors are getting ready, engines humming, bilge pumps pumping – all priming for their moment at the finish line.

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There’s a little smack talkin’ going on too, I’d wager…

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Who will sweep up the most trophies this year? We have a bunch up for grabs…

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The 22nd Annual Running of the Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition
Sunday, 31 August, 2014 – Pier 84, West 44th Street and Hudson River, Manhattan

10:00 AM – Parade of tugs from Pier 84 to the start line
10:30 AM – Race starts – From South of 79th Street Boat Basin (near Pier I) to Pier 84
11 AM – Nose-to-nose pushing contests and line-toss competition
Noon – Tugs tie up to Pier 84 for lunch and awards ceremony. Exhibits, amateur line-toss, spinach eating contest
1 PM – Awards Ceremony
2 PM – Tugs depart

Be in the race on the Circle Line 42 Spectator Boat! Get enviable, close-up views right in the midst of the action.
9:30AM to 11:30AM; Boarding begins at 9:00AM. Get tickets at WorkingHarbor.Org or click here.

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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