Crowley’s tugboat Hunter – officially the fastest tugboat on the West Coast – won the Seattle Maritime Festival tugboat races again this past Saturday, giving it its fifteenth first-place victory. This year’s race, however, was unique because Crowley auctioned off a ride for four aboard Hunter during the race in support of Ryther Child Center (Ryther), a recognized leader in behavioral health services for Washington state children and their families. The ride sold in an eBay auction for $505; Crowley will match the funds raised for a total gift of $1,010.
As part of Crowley’s company-wide efforts to give back to the communities in which it works, the Seattle office has chosen to support Ryther through fundraisers and volunteerism this year.
“Our employees selected Ryther as the focus of this year’s philanthropic efforts because it is a meaningful organization that impacts so many local children and families,” said Crowley’s Chris Peterson, vice president, marine services. “While the race was a lot of fun and we are excited to have done well in the race, the real winners are the great people who work at Ryther. We are pleased to support their efforts and thank the bidders for their participation.”
During the races, which were held in Seattle, Washington’s Elliott Bay, across the Downtown Seattle Harbor, Hunter competed in the Class A Unlimited Race. It raced against three other tugs – two of which were Crowley’s. Each tugboat finished the 1.9 nautical miles in less than eight minutes.