Congratulations to Tug Teal for being selected as the Tugboat Logo for the
44th annual Olympia Harbor Days Vintage Tugboat Races and Festival.
Calling all tugboats!!!  The 2017 Tugboat Roster is complete.   Here are the tugs and festival boats that can be found at the festival!

We are sad to report that Tug Comanche has canceled as her electrical system is not running properly.

Keep the tugs coming to Olympia Harbor Days!!  Make a donation on this site, mail in a donation  or make a donation at the festival.
Sow them the love!

Please enjoy our monthly feature — Tug of the Month by Les Eldridge, South Sound Maritime Heritage Association (SSMHA) President for Olympia Harbor Days, an Olympia Kiwanis Club event.  This collection is  based on “Tugboats on Puget Sound,” by Chuck Fowler and Capt. Mark Freeman, Arcadia Publishing, 2009, available at bookstores, boating stores and other retail outlets throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Tug Thea Bell  Tug of the Month July 2017 – Thea Belle
Tug Comanche Tug of the Month June 2017 – Comanche 
Tug Patrón Tug of the Month May 2017 – Patron
Tug Parthia
 Tug of the Month April 2017 – Parthia
Tug Cedar King Tug of the Month March 2017 – Cedar King
Tug Teal Tug of the Month February 2017 – Teal
Tug Galene Tug of the Month January 2017 – Galene
Tug Sand Man Tug of the Month December 2016 – Sand Man
Tug Joe & Foss Launch & Tug Co.  Tug of the Month November 2016 – Joe


The festival started in 1974, however the logo did not appear right away.  The design was developed in 1983 with Tug Sand Man being the first logo boat.   Click OHD Logo Boat History for a complete listing.


A big THANK YOU to all skippers and crew for participating in the 2016 Olympia Harbor Days Festival and Tugboat Race!  We are so grateful for all who navigate their tugs, both small and large, down to the south sound.  Congrats to the winners and all who raced!  Job well done! And once again, congrats to the Patrón for being selected as the 2016 logo boat. We look forward to seeing you again in 2017!  Toot Toot!

TUGBOAT winners OHD 2016!!!

Small Tugs                                  Place                                Time (min/ sec)
Cedar King                                    1st                                      11:12
Atka                                                2nd                                     13:11
Teal                                                 3rd                                     13:23
Thea Belle                                     4th                                     14:36
Harbor Tugs
Parthia                                          1st                                        9:46
Ranger                                          2nd                                     10:50
Joe                                                 3rd                                     11:15
Patron                                           4th                                     12:02
Large Tugs
Galene                                           1st                                        8:22
Danielle                                 2nd                                       9:37
R.W. Confer                             3rd                                       9:53
Tug race course length/ Budd Inlet:  1. 8 miles
Start line boat:  My Girl/ Le Perry, race official
Finish line boat:  Spirit of Olympia/ Chuck Fowler, race official
And the Spiffy Award (boat voted the spiffiest by all the skippers) went to Teal!
We expect to host the historic c1944 World War II 143 foot long Rescue tug USN ATA 202 with a Battle Star for combat and former (1959-1980) US Coast Guard Cutter COMANCHE at Olympia Harbor Days 2017! Thank you for supporting her in 2016 with you donations for her repairs.
Please keep the tugs coming to Olympia Harbor Days by sending a donation to: Olympia Harbor Days, PO Box 2875, Olympia WA 98507.  This is the last remaining Tugboat Show & Races in WA! (Please note that tugboat rides are not available during the festival due to WA State Licensing and Insurance restrictions.)
Keep up to date on last minute changes on Facebook at Olympia Harbor Days.


Tugboat Registration for Olympia Harbor Days 2018 will open in the spring.  Skippers, please call 360-556-0498 with questions!   All registered Tugboat Skippers will receive a current year Fleece Logo Vest and Logo Cap and are honored at our annual Skippers Dinner.

Have questions?  Email info@harbordays.com.

We have a new address so please update your records:

Olympia Harbor Days – Tugboats
PO Box 2875
Olympia, WA 98507

For tug lovin kids — Color and name your own tugboat and send us a photo and we will post on our social media pages!!   Tug Coloring Pagedouble-tree-logoNeed a land-side sleeping room?  DoubleTree Inn, the official Olympia Harbor Days hotel, right in the hub of the action.  For a beautiful room, view and amazing service, book now!  Be sure to ask for the festival discounted rate!  Just call the hotel directly at 360-570-0555, select option #2 and ask for the OHD rate of $149.00 plus tax per night.  The rate is NOT available through central corporate reservations.