The normally sedate Detroit River comes alive
with roaring diesels and blaring air horns when tug boats of all sizes
race for glory and trophies in the annual International Tug Boat Race.
It is the most unusual tug race anywhere. As
many as 30 tugs of all sizes race in a mad dash for the finish line. Tugs
ranging in length from 45 to 140 feet compete at the same time, all muscling for the
best position. Some of the larger tugs are actual working tugs with more than
2,000 horsepower, the Detroit River boils as the tugs create a huge wake.
The race begins 1 p.m. below the Ambassador Bridge and runs to the
finish line off Windsor's Dieppe Park. Trophies are awarded to the
first tug to finish the race as well as to each tug that finishes
first in its horsepower class.
The 2015 International Tug Boat Race was a
resounding success. |
Tugs took to the river and put on an impressive show for the spectators.
Committee would like to thank:
Detroit & Windsor Port Authorities
and all those who make this race possible.
Click here for pictures from the race