Boatbuilding Blog

May 16, 2011

Tugboat Races 2011

Filed under: Day Trips — tomlarkin @ 11:05 pm

We left the house late on Friday evening and spent the night on the UW buoys. In the morning we stopped at Pete’s grocery for coffee and fancy snacks, then picked up a friend of Meryll, Mark, from the Center for Wooden Boats dock. As we waited there, I casually put my foot out to slow down a small boat that was approaching, slipped, and fell head-first into the boat. Saved my coffee though! Embarrassing and somewhat painful. It could easily have been a lot worse.

Lots of rowing shells in front of the UW in the morning.

In the large locks, tucked in between tugs heading out to participate in the race.

Mark & Meryll. Mark came prepared with foul weather gear and PFD. We had fun talking about airplane kits and Tesla motors much of the day.

Galena anchor chain

A great sailing day. It was windy all day. It stayed sunny until evening.

We were kept 600 yards from shore – so far away that we had trouble seeing the actual races. I watched them from shore last year, and it was much more exciting.

It was fun just drifting around and watching all the action.

Saturday evening and Sunday were a bit damp. We spent the night on the boat listening to the rain pouring down.

We got home at noon, with enough time to buy potting soil and plant our hanging strawberries.



  1. This is a pretty nice trip.

    Comment by Bellhaven Boats — May 25, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

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