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 registration is underway! Here are the tugs and festival boats that have so far registered!
Print and submit today! All other vintage and work boats interested in attending Olympia Harbor Days, please print and submit the guest registration.
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 1973, 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
Parthia 1st 9:46
Ranger 2nd 10:50
Joe 3rd 11:15
Patron 4th 12:02
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.)
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Olympia Harbor Days FAQ
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 PageNeed 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.