Port of Anacortes Workboat Races – News Release

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August 28, 2012

The Port of Anacortes held the 4th Annual Workboat Races this Saturday August 25th. Close to 3,500 people attended the event and a great time was had by all! The event began at 1:00 PM with a boat parade led by John Wayne’s former Norwester, the Star Spangled Banner and Town Cry done by Richard Riddell and a cannon blast from Lee and Betty Dawes of Fidalgo Artillery.

Other events throughout the day included music by the Bards of Keypoint and Tugboat Bromberg, performances by the BOOM Pirates, a Helicopter Rescue Demonstration performed by the US Coast Guard, a Car Show, Chowder Eating Contest, Pirate Swagger and Stagger Contest, food and craft vendors and much more!

This year’s race results are shown below:
Class E
1st Place: “Eighty Six’d” with Captain: Mike Ryan
2nd Place:” Lucky” with Captain: Steve Ryan

Class A
1st Place: “Deception Pass” with Captain: Bart Lovric
2nd Place: “Skagit” with Captain: Andy Culbertson

Bill Mitchell and Mark Hargitt were instrumental in setting the theme for the Workboat Races from the first year they began. Thanks to the hard work of the Workboat Race Committee each year the Workboat Races continue to become more successful and draw a larger crowd than the previous year!

The event was sponsored by our outstanding waterfront supporters including the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, Lovrics Sea-Craft, Westar Solutions, Whale AM 1340 KWLE, Walgreens, Vessel Assist, Island Rentals, Anchor Signs, Puget Sound Productions, Rick Epting Foundation for the Arts, Cortland Puget Sound Rope, Hyde & Reed Baskets, Bob’s Chowder, Marine Technology Center, Wizards of Ooze, Norwester, Sebo’s, BOOM Pirates, Pacific Design, Dakota Creek Industries, and How It Works.

Thank you to all those who participated in making this a successful event for the 4th year in a row! We are already gearing up and getting ready for next year’s Workboat Race on August 24, 2013!

About the Port of Anacortes
The Port of Anacortes was formed in 1926 to promote economic development for Anacortes and the surrounding area. The Port district is led by a board of five elected commissioners: Pat D. Mooney, Bill Short, Ray Niver Keith Rubin and Bob Eberle. Public meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room of the Main Port Warehouse, 1st & Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA. For more information, visit www.portofanacortes.com or contact Julie Johnson Lindsey, Executive Assistant. julie@portofanacortes.com

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