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Family Fun Day May 12 — Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival

Saturday, May 12 – Family Fun Day, Pier 66 and Bell Harbor Marina


  • U.S. Oil & Refining Seattle Tugboat Race Championships, Noon – 3pm 


th annual competition of the largest tugboat race in the world with more than 30 boats expected to participate.  Racing is from the Grain Terminal, Pier 86, to the finish line at Pier 66. 

The races:

   Class C Limited Tug Race                                                2:00 pm

   Class B Harbor Tug Race                                                2:30 pm

Related events:

   Fire Boat Display                                                            Noon

   Tugboat Ballet                                                                12:10 pm

   Abandon Ship Demonstration                                        12:20 pm

   Coast Guard Sea/Air Helicopter Rescue                        12:50 pm

   Workboat Parade                                                            1:15 pm

   Fireboat Firefighting Demonstration                                2:45 pm


  • Pacific Maritime Magazine Quick & Dirty Boatbuilding Competition, 9 am-5 pm 

Industry teams (including a Vigor team) compete in building a boat from standard materials at Pier 66.  Teams of 3-4 people have a maximum budget of about $50 and must build a finished craft and complete the race. Judging at 3 pm, racing in Bell Harbor Marina, Pier 66, 4 pm.  To participate contact Denise Philips, [email protected], 206/284-8285


  • Compass Courses World Invitational Survival Suit Races

This prestigious, exciting and fun event will feature teams of four members.  At the starting gun, teams put on their survival suits, jump into the warm waters of Elliott Bay, swim to a life raft and climb aboard.  The fastest team wins the competition and the trophy.  To participate contact Julie Keim, [email protected]


  • Fifteenth Annual Seattle Waterfront Neighborhood Waterfront Chowder Cook-Off, 11 am-5 pm

Last year’s participants included Anthony’s Pier 66, Bell Harbor Conference Center, Elliott’s Oyster House, The Crab Pot, The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar, Ivar’s, Steamer’s Seafood Cafe at Pier 56, Seattle Marriott Waterfront and Six Seven at the Edgewater.  Special chowder tasting areas will be created inside each restaurant or retail store.  A $5 Chowder Passport is available at all participating restaurants or at the festival information booths.  Proceeds benefit maritime community and youth organizations.


  • Free Harbor Tours presented by the Port of Seattle, 10:30 am, noon, 1:45 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:15 pm

Discover the working waterfront; board at Bell Harbor Marina/Pier 66 one-half hour prior to each departure.  A limit of 250 guests for each tour; tickets available at the Festival Information Booth at Pier 66, four tickets per adult, 18 years or older.


  • Vessel Tours

U.S. Coast Guard, tugboats and other workboat are expected to participate


  • Kids’ Fun

Free Wooden Boat Building for Kids, Kids Activity Center, free admission to the Maritime Events Center and other family fun


  • Free Youth & Family Maritime Education Fair, 10 am – 4pm

At the Maritime Event Center, Pier 66.

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