The Deer Harbor Marina will again host the local American Tug Owners and their fleet of tugs for the annual “Spring Fling” at the Deer Harbor Marina from April 24-27. This year a record 33 boats will be in attendance to celebrate the start of the season.
The American Tug Owners Association is an active group with three events planned for 2014. The season kick off is the “Spring Fling” at Deer Harbor, followed by the “Summer Expedition” to the Broughton Island Group near the north end of Vancouver Island, and the “Annual Rendezvous” in Anacortes this year.
Events for the “Spring Fling” weekend include a golf tournament, Chicago style hot dogs and a marine swap meet on the new party barge, appetizer and potluck dinners at the Deer Harbor Community Club, and a send off dinner on Saturday night at the Deer Harbor Inn. Orcas locals Susan and Rex Chadwell, owners of the American Tug “Flexible” docked at the Deer Harbor Marina, have arranged the event for the past three years.