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

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About the Event

Vikins on Megan Ann (c) Bernatd Ente 2009

Sponsored by the Working Harbor Committee, Capt. John Doswell, Executive Director, in conjunction with Capt. Jerry Roberts (founder of the event) and the Tugboat Race Steering Committee.

For tugboat owners:
There is no entry fee, but to cover costs (insurance, sound, awards, food, permitting, administration and so forth), the event is made possible by generous contributions from the Towing Industry and the City of New York. Past contributors have included: Bren Transportation, Harley Marine, Henry Marine, Kosnac Floating Derrick (Ktugs), K-SEA Transportation Corp, McAllister Towing and Transportation Co., Inc., Metropolitan Marine Transportation, Miller's Launch, NYC Economic Development Corporation, Reinauer Transportation, Sea Wolf Marine Transportation

If you'd be willing to contribute, please let us know, but it's strictly voluntary. Checks should be made to the Working Harbor Committee (a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit) at the address listed below. Contributions are for expenses only and any funds in excess will be banked to be used for next year's event.

Pier 84
Pier 84 is a brand new recreational park pier at West 44th Street, North River. It's one pier south of the event's traditional location at the Intrepid Sea*Air*Space Museum. The pier is being provided by the Hudson River Park Trust and they will be concerned about damage. The Working Harbor Committee will provide insurance for the event (one of our major costs) but that will not relieve tugs from any responsibility for damage. There are fender piles but they are not industrial grade and the Trust requires that any vessel tying up to the pier have additional soft fendering. If anyone can bring additional Yokahama or similar type fenders, that would be great.

Your Vessel(s) - You may not know yet which tug or tugs will be able to participate this year, but if you do know, or as soon as you do, we'd like to know the following for each tug.
Vessel name _________________________________________
LOA _________ Draft _________ HP (total) ______________
Owner ______________________________________________
Type: [ ] Working tug [ ] Historic/educational tug [ ] Other _______________
If you don't know, we'll register tugs as they arrive before the parade as we have in the past.
If you are interested in having a free info/demo table on the pier, check here [ ]

Send via email to John@WorkingHarbor.Org or call 212.757.1600 or via mail to:
Working Harbor Committee, 455 West 43rd Street, NYC, NY 10036.

Best regards & good tugboating to all
The Tugboat Race & Competition Steering Committee
Capt. Jerry Roberts, Capt. John Doswell,
C/o Working Harbor Committee - 455 West 43rd Street - NYC, NY 10036

Also let us know if you'd like to be part of the Steering Committee - just a matter of an hour on the phone every so often. We'd love to have your input.



Ellen McAllsiter 1st Place 2009
(c) Jhoneen Preece-Doswell 2009

18th Annual Running of the Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition

Sunday 5 September, 2010
Pier 84, North River
Hudson River Park, NYC, NY

10:00 AM – Parade of tugs from Pier 84 to the start line near 79th Street Boat Basin.

10:30 AM – Race starts – From 79th Street Boat Basin to Pier 84 – one nautical mile.

11 AM – Nose to nose pushing contests and line toss competition.

Noon – Tugs tie up to Pier 84 for lunch and awards ceremony.

1 PM – Awards ceremony. Tugs depart at about 2 PM.

ALL DAY – Exhibits on the pier from maritime organizations, plus activities for kids, maritime skill demos, music and more.


This year’s race will be dedicated
to the memory of Donald Sutherland,
tugboat and maritime photographer and
writer supreme, who passed away on
24 May 2010.
He cannot be replaced and will be
missed by the entire towing and
maritime industry in
New York Harbor and beyond.



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