Yes, you read that title correctly. Tug boat races is an oxymoron if ever there was one. Just enough top speed to maybe ruffle your hair a bit. But…tug boats make the best wake I’ve ever seen. Here is the story.
First off, I grew up in Southeast Alaska where the tug boats that plied those waters were usually pushing big rafts of logs to deliver to the saw mills. I’ve also wasted the better part of the day in Paducah, Ky watching the big river tugs on the Ohio River. (combining quilting and tug watching) I had no idea tug boats were for anything but working. I was wrong.
My sister in-law, Tana, and her husband, Rex, have a tug boat. The R W Confer. This is a river tug boat. Retired and now providing hours of enjoyment to Rex as he fixes this and that, making it quite a cool tug boat. Once he tweaked everything and made it seaworthy again they started participating in Olympia, Washington’s Harbor Days Festival http://www.harbordays.com which is every Labor Day Weekend. The harbor is one big open house of tug boats. Little ones and big ones. Guides tours from the owners. Some were pretty fancy to say the least. Festivities culminate in the race.
What a great weekend it was.