Congratulations to Tug Teal for becoming the  Tugboat Logo for the 44th annual Olympia Harbor Days Vintage Tugboat Races and Festival.

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 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


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 them 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.)

Tugs by class 2016 1Tugs by class 2016 2Tugs by class 2016 3

Tugs by class 2016 4Tugs by class 2016 5Tugs by class 2016 6

Keep up to date on last minute changes on Facebook at Olympia Harbor Days and the event page Olympia Harbor Days Tugboat Races and Festival.

2016 Olympia Harbor Days FAQ

Tugboat Registration for Olympia Harbor Days 2017 will open in the spring.  Skippers, please call 360-556-0498 with questions!   All registered Tugboat Skippers will receive a 2017 Fleece Logo Vest and a 2017 Logo Cap.

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

double-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.