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NYC Tugboat Race 2015 . . . from the starting line

Since 2011, the Hymans have sent along photos of the race from the starting line.  Again this year, I have the pleasure to share them.    Here’s an orderly shuffle toward the starting blocks. Then the boats spin around and await the countdown. 3– 2– 1   Hit the horn and push the throttle! Happy Labor […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2015

Bravo to the organizers and participants of the 2015 NYC race.  It starts with a muster… which looks  different as you shift perspective.     It’s great to see race newcomers like Sea Scout Ship 243 out of Rahway NJ, and Patricia. By this point, some boats like Robert E. McAllister start to get impatient. Muster […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2014 c

True, the Great North River Tugboat Race and Competition does involve a race, and trophies are given for the best finishes, but my favorite part is just the pushing around.                         Photos of the RIB pushing LT803 by Jeff Anzevino. All photos by Will […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2014 b

Happy Labor Day.  And for most of these photos, I’m grateful to William Hyman, whose perspective was Pier I at 69-70th Street. The event starts with a parade . . . including a range of serious muscle.  That’s the gray Willard operating as New York Media Boat in the distance to the right. Even The Bronx […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2014 a

But first . . . it’s a race, and there are trophies for such categories as best-looking, best mascot, best tattooed crew person . . .  .  And there is pushing and jostling, for which there are no trophies.  But what would you call this? Step back a hundred and some feet . . . and […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2013 c

And the winner of the speed race . . . in a record setting 0 days, 0 hours, and precisely five minutes and 0 seconds . . .. . . . sorry . . .  this is part of the day too; click on the foto for bowsprite’s rare foto coverage. The winner   of […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2013 b

The race may last for less than 10 minutes for (most) boats, but each participant spends hours before and after.  Here, using the power of thousands of conceptual horses and one very real donkey, all four vessels in Miller contingent make their way upriver. At Pier 66, crew on deck and crew below start them […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2013 a

Uh . . . what’s this? It’s Buddy, living breathing braying hoof-beglittered mascot of Debora Miller.  If you’ve never been to the New York’s race, there’s a best mascot category.  In the past there’ve been  . . . dogs, hermit crabs, even a chicken . . . but Buddy redefines the contest. With the threat […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2012 d

It is a race, and that means there’s a winner, but the race committee decided to have both the first place (left, Lincoln Sea . . . 8000 hp) and second place (right, Meagan Ann . . . 2200 hp)) finishers raise the cup this year because of Meagan Ann‘s lightning speed that allowed her […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2012 c

Here’s to the photographers of the event!  We do love it.  And here’s to the companies, crews, spectators, and organizers.  The sprint is only the start of the event, though. After that, greetings and foto-ops happen, as do carefully calibrated/matched push-offs contests like Vulcan III v.  Lincoln Sea or Maurania III v.  Quantico Creek or Pegasus […]