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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 […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2012 B

The prizes await the results;  that’s executive director of WHC John Doswell on the far left. Here’s the official table.  We’ll come back to the trophies and raffle items in part c or d of this series of posts. The next eight fotos come compliments of William Hyman, who positioned himself at the 70th Street […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2012 a

When I posted about the race last year, I recapped the five previous years posts too.  See that here for part a and here for part b. The day started early for me;  here at 07:01, not knowing I’d see her later in the morning, I passed Weddell Sea in the notch. By 07:47, I was […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2011: Others’ Fotos

The first four fotos here come thanks to Marian Hyman, who took them from the pier at 69/70th Street.  Not a hint of the froth and exhaust to come until  . . . the signal comes, and then there are pair matches as well as whole field headed south to the finish line through silt […]

NYC Tugboat Race 2011 b

Working Harbor Committee win an award for perpetuating this event and calling it race AND competition.  And at the expense of making this post almost as long as some of those cinema and music award shows, I’d like to add some aditional awards . . . like for “best improvised bowsprit on a tugboat” . […]