Watch tugboats duke it out in the 25th Annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition. It’s on the Hudson River on Sunday, September 3rd.
This report is for the 2017 race.
Click here for the 2018 information
The race is from the 79th St. Boat Basin to Pier 84 at 44th St., where the water version of a tug of war happens, along with a family-friendly spinach eating contest inspired by cartoon favorite Popeye the Sailor Man, a tugboat parade and more.
Watch FREE along the river, or purchase a ticket for a special viewing aboard a Circle Line sightseeing boat. The fun and games start at 10am.
- 10am Parade of Tugs from Pier 84 (at 44th Street) to the start line at Pier I at 70th Street in Riverside Park South
- 10:30am Race Starts (runs from Pier I back to Pier 84)
- 11am Nose-to-nose pushing contests & Line-toss competition
- Noon Amateur line-toss & Spinach-eating contests
- 1pm Awards Ceremony
- 2pm Tugs depart
If you’d rather be aboard a boat on the Hudson to watch the fun, Circle Line tickets are are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $12 for kids. Get tickets with no surcharge.
Tickets support the work of the non-profit Working Harbor Group, which supports the history of New York Harbor.
Working Harbor Group also hosts “Hidden Harbor” guided tours on Circle Line vessels during the year, to explore the history of New York Harbor. You’ll learn fascinating facts about the history of NYC and the role of the harbor in making us the greatest city on the planet.Hidden Harbor tours include Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine terminal, tugboat berths in Erie Basin and Kill Van Kull, container, breakbulk, oil and car ports in Brooklyn and New Jersey.
If you want to know where the ingredients for your chocolate bar arrived, how your trash is removed, and more, take one of these tours led by knowledgeable maritime experts.
Why it’s called the Great North River Tugboat Race and Competition
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tugboat photo courtesy Working Harbor Group.