Calling all tugboats! The 2018 tugboat registration for participation in the World’s Largest Vintage Tugboat Races and Show is now open.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Bring your tug and make history come alive!


Congratulations to Tug Cedar King for selection as the 2018 Logo Tugboat for the 45th Annual Olympia Harbor Days Vintage Tugboat Races and Festival.

Keep the tugs coming to Olympia Harbor Days! Make a donation on this site, mail in a donation or make a donation at the festival. Show them the love!

2017 Participating Tugs were:


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. The 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.


The festival started in 1974, however the logo did not appear right away.  The design was developed in 1983 with Tug Sand Man being the first logo boat.


A big THANK YOU to all skippers and crew for participating in the 2017 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 Tug Teal for being selected as the 2017 logo boat. We look forward to seeing you again in 2018! Toot Toot!

TUGBOAT Winners - Olympia Harbor Days 2017!

   Small Tugs                                Place
Geraldine                                   1st
 Cedar King                                2nd
Teal                                            3rd
Thea Belle                                 4th
Atka                                           5th
Danni K                                      6th
Large Tugs
R.W. Confer                               1st
Patricia Ann                              2nd
Patron                                       3rd

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

We often 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. Unfortunately, she has not been able to attend in a number of years. Thank you for supporting her with you donations for her repairs. 
We are hoping to see her in the Olympia Harbor in 2018.

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 Washington and the World’s Largest Vintage Tugboat Race!
(Please note that tugboat rides are not available during the festival due to WA State Licensing and Insurance restrictions).

Keep up to date on last minute changes on Facebook by following us at Olympia Harbor Days.


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.
Email with any questions.

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.
We will feature your art on our social media profiles!


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