The festival began with a display by the Seattle Fire Department fireboat Leschi, which was immediately followed by a tugboat ballet featuring several Foss and Crowley tugs that we see regularly on Elliott Bay.
Later, a US Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Port Angeles, WA performed a sea/air helicopter rescue demonstration using a mannequin rather than a live person. No need for alarm.
The US Oil & Refining Seattle Tugboat Race Championships brought the festival to an exciting conclusion.
The Class C Limited Tug race was won by the US Army Small Tug Scholarie (ST 905), based in Tacoma.
Other Class C participants included – well, judge for yourself why they were entered in the Class C race.
The Class B Harbor Tug race was won by Ocean Eagle, a 33.5-meter tug owned by Dahl Tug & Barge, Seattle. Ocean Eagle barely edged out Galene and several other harbor tugs in a close contest for the championship.