Archive for May, 2012

RTA Summer Rendezvous

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012



July 27, 28 & 29
Filucy Bay/Longbranch

A special discounted rendezvous moorage fee for RTA members is 33 cents per foot.  Remember, you don’t have to own a tug to be an RTA member and attend a rendezvous.  We have many members who arrive by land.

Mike Wollaston (Tug Ruby XIV) has graciously donated his two houses near the top of the dock for our gathering.

Potluck brunch and meeting at 10:30 AM on Sunday morning.

Note 1: The Native American annual canoe journey will be hosted by the Squaxin Tribe this year. On Sunday, July 29, they will be traveling from Solo Point to Olympia. We can take boats out if we want to see them turning around Johnson Point. They expect 100 canoes. It’s quite a sight.

Note 2: The Underwater Music Festival is off Cutts Island (Dead Man’s Island), Gig Harbor, WA on Saturday afternoon, the 28th. You can ask Rydells about it if you are interested in doing this.

This just in…There is also a Bluegrass and BBQ festival in Longbranch that weekend!
Mark your calendars for the first annual Bluegrass and Barbeque Festival on Saturday, July 28th, from 2:00–6:00 pm at the Longbranch Improvement Club just across from the church. Admission to the festival is FREE, and everyone is invited to bring their acoustic instrument. There will be opportunities for bluegrass jamming, as well as performances by local talent. Food is available for purchase, including BBQ sandwich, cole slaw, and chips for $6. In addition, there will be a silent auction, with many items worth bidding for, along with quality lawn and patio furniture for sale. Kids activities will be available as well, so bring the whole family! All proceeds from the festival go to support the ministries of the Longbranch Community Church.

RSVP Robin or Kae Paterson 253-858-3147

2012 Seattle Maritime Festival Tug Races

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

It was a beautiful day to be on the water, sunny skies and fair winds. Several RTA tugs were in attendance including Parthia, Galene and Thea Belle. The vintage tug Norene was also there to race. It looked like Thea Belle bought out the flag store for the event.

Thea Belle

In the Class C race, Parthia was in the lead for the first half of the race but the US Army tug passed her at the halfway mark. Last year that same tug raced in the class B race, so I’m not sure what it was doing racing the class c boats. The official winner of the Class C race is RTA’s own, Parthia.

In the Class B race, the Galene was the tug to beat, at the start two of the tugs managed to squeeze her in and make her run in dirty water for the first quarter of the race, but the Galene soon surged ahead and closed the gap between her and the other tugs. Easily passing the Canadian navy tug and the other tugs that tried to box her in at the start. At the end it was a close race to the finish between the Galene and the Ocean Eagle. Even though the Ocean Eagle had a bigger engine (2000 HP compared to Galene’s 1200 hp) the Ocean Eagle’s engineer had to work hard to get enough speed to beat the Galene, in the end they beat her by only half a tug length.

It was a close finish as the Ocean Eagle manages to squeak by the bow of the Galene at the finish.

The official race results:
Small Tug Race:
1st Parthia
2nd Norene
3rd Maggie B
4th Thea Belle
5th Prudhoe Bay
6th Skillful

Big Tug Race:
1st Ocean Eagle
2nd Galene
3rd Westrac II
4th Glendyne
5th Triumph
6th Glen Cove
7th Scholarie (Ran in small boat race)
8th Island Champion