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27th Annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition
2019 Review

For all the results, click here

The Vinik No. 6. Photo copyright 2019 by Mitch Waxman.

Thank you to all the tugboat companies and their crews that came together to make this a spectacular event for all New Yorkers. It was an exciting race with only 20 seconds between the first- and second-place win in the Class A tugboat category. Congratulations to the Vinik No. 6, Vinik Marine, on your first place win! And the Ava M. McCallister, McAllister Towing, for second place.

The Circle Line Sightseeing spectator vessel ran along side the race with guest speakers John McCluskey and Gordon Cooper on board narrating the action as it happened. And we were honored to welcome CDR Jake Hobson, USCG, Sector New York, and Max Taffet, NYCEDC, as our special guests on the vessel.
And a special thanks to all our supporters and volunteers for making this a great day for all!

2019 Line Throw

Winner, Robert Burton. Photo copyright 2019 by Valerie DeBiase.

Art Raffle Winner!

Beverly L. is the happy winner of the framed print of Tall Ship Wavertree at Sunrise by renowned seaport artist Naima Rauam.

Ship Wavertree, launched in Liverpool in 1885, was one of the last large wrought-iron sailing ships built. After carrying cargoes to and from ports around the world, she was dismasted in a storm off Cape Horn and used as a floating warehouse in Chile, then as a sand barge in Argentina. Wavertree was acquired by the South Street Seaport Museum in 1968.

Naima Rauam website:





27th Annual Great North River Tugboat
Race Results

Div A 1st
Vinik No. 6, Vinik Marine
5,700 HP
Time: 5:12
Div A 2nd
Ava M. McCallister, McAllister Towing
6,770 HP
Time: 5:32
Div A 3rd
Liz Vinik, Vinik Marine
3,010 HP
Time: 6:38
Div B 1st
Pathfinder, Norfolk Tug
2,250 HP
Time: 5:25
Div B 2nd
Captain D., Norfolk Tug
2,400 HP
Time: 6:14
Div B 3rd
Robert Burton, Norfolk Tug
2,000 HP
Time: 6:32
Div C 1st
Frances, NYS Marine Highway
1,640 HP
Time: 6:11
Div C 2nd
Patricia, C.H. Phoenix
1,600 HP
Time: 6:46
Div C 3rd
Sea Lion, Wittich Marine
1,400 HP
Time: 7:40

Also participating:

Div B
Paula Atwell, Norfolk Tug
2,000 HP
Time: 7:25
Div C
W.O. Decker, South St. Seaport Museum
285 HP
Time: 9:10

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