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Seattle Maritime Festival 2012, May 8-12

The Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival 2012 May 8-12 is an entertaining, delicious and potentially career-launching opportunity to learn more about the multi-billion-dollar maritime industry on the Seattle waterfront.

Highlight Activities, Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival 2012

Tuesday, May 8

  • 14thAnnual Maritime Career Day, Maritime Event Center, Pier 66, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm 

For those looking for a career with great wages; admission is free for students, job seekers and the general public.  Career Day provides a glimpse into the working world of trade, transportation, fisheries, government and career training.  Representatives of these sectors will offer information and insight into the growing and varied maritime job market, one of the largest and often least understood employment sectors in Washington State.  With one out of every four jobs in Seattle related to this sector, students will have the chance to learn about career and educational opportunities and the type of preparation required for success in this industry. To learn more visit: or contact Ryan Atkins at 206/269-4108


  • Celebrity Judging for Chowder Cook-Off, Edgewater Dining Room, 9:30 – 11:30 am

By invitation only to participating Seattle Waterfront Restaurants-Selected Chefs; restaurants will also participate in the chowder cook-off available to the public on Family Fun Day May 12

th.  The chowder cook-offs are sponsored by the Seattle Waterfront Neighborhood,, and Metropolitan Improvement District,

Wednesday, May 9

  • National Fisherman’s Twelfth Annual Stories of the Sea/Fisher Poetry Slam, Highliner Pub & Grill, Fishermen’s Terminal, 8-10:30 pm

Cash prizes go to the top three finishers in this unique Maritime Poetry Slam.  Only 12 spaces are available and registration is on a first-come basis.  Presented in cooperation with Pacific Marine Expo.  To participate contact Mick Shultz, [email protected], 206/787-3091

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 contactJulie 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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