Tug of War

Tug of War XVI

Saturday, November 2, 2013 - crack o'noon

tug logotuggers


Score was 4 to 2 with Annapolis forfeiting the last Tug!


Tug organizers distributed checks to the benefiting charities:

  • Annapolis Green
  • Annapolis Maritime Museum
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Eastport Elementary School
  • MSP Polar Bear Plunge
  • MainStreets Annapolis Partnership
  • Save the Coconuts
  • Seeds for Success
  • Bernie House

Final Tug Line-up

crack o'noon
MRE 4th Street Bars
Annapolis Bars
Eastport Homeland Security
MRE Co-Ed Team
Annaoplis Co-Ed Team
BB&T Bank
Annapolis Scholars
MRE Health & Fitness Team
Annapolis Health & Fitness Team
Dome Chartering & Trading Team
Annapolis Sailors

The teams set up on opposite sides of Spa Creek (aka The Gulf of Eastport): In Eastport on Second Street, next to the Chart House restaurant, and on the Annapolis side, at Susan Campbell Park at City Dock.

map Things were different in 2013. Annapolis won in 2012 and they wanted to keep the trophy! The MainStreets Partnership headed up the Annapolis side and there aws a party there too. For more info about the Annapolis side click here.

2012 poster


Read the story about us in the AAA World's 'Ten for the Road: Our Picks for the Top Ten Events in the Region."

2012: Tug of War XV

It was the classic rivalry: Eastport vs. Annapolis

Ok, Annapolis won. But MRE had a great party!

see the photos


Eastport Side Information

If you're interested in tugging, you can join a team on the spot,, starting at 10 a.m. It costs $20 and that will get you a limited edition Tugger T-Shirt and the opportunity to do one of the hardest things you'll ever do for somewhere between 30 seconds and three minutes! Remember all the funds raised benefit local charities!

tugger sign up

In addition to tugging, the event will feature great food, drink and music.

Food & Drink

Travelin Taverns
It's the Pits BBQ
Glazey Days Donuts
Oysters on the Half Shell
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Fish Fry
chili cookoffMason-Dixon PodCASI Chili Cookoff Voting Samples

The Mason-Dixon Pod of the Chili Appreciation Society International will have a chili cook-off on the Eastport side during the tugs. Come taste and enjoy!

Want to Volunteer to help and have a blast too on the Eastport side? You can sign up for a shift
as a ticket seller, beer pourer, and lots of other positions online!

sign up to volunteer

Thanks so much to the Chesapeake Outdoor Group for signing up to help!


The Entertainment Lineup on the Eastport Side
Music goes till around 5:30 p.m.... or until the beer runs out.

11:30 - 11:50 Eastport Elementary School Ensemble
noon - 1:15 Eastport Oyster Boys
1:30 - 2:20 Hula Monsters
2:35 - 3:25 The Walking Sticks
3:40 - 4:30 Dean Rosenthal
4:45 - 5:30 D'Vibe 'n' Conga

naptown music

Other Info

An ATM will be availble on the Eastport side... so you can buy all the beverages you need.
Porta-Potties will be available.
Parking is on the street in Eastport. Please be considerate of the neighbors.
The two tug locations are an easy 15-minute walk apart.
The Watermark water taxi will run from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. | Water taxi info.
MRE merchandise, including flags, clothing and more will be available for sale during the tug.

Benefiting Charties

annapolis green annapolis maritime museum civil air patrol

Eastport Elementary School

Polar Bear Plunge mainstreets annapolis
Save the Coconuts seeds for success The Bernie House


Recycling is provided by Annapolis Green
with sponsorship from Dream Yacht Charter and K&B True Value Hardware

About the Tug
and The Maritime Republic of Eastport (MRE*)

Billed as the longest International** Tug of War over water in the world , The Tug of War was originally conceived by the residents of Eastport in 1997 when the City of Annapolis used the excuse of a "public works project" to close the Spa Creek bridge that leads to Eastport from Annapolis. This unprovoked act of aggression on the part of the City of Annapolis had the effect of cutting off Eastport residents and businesses from the rest of the city. The somewhat fractious citizens of Eastport, feeling the sting of rejection by The City and, perhaps, somewhat emboldened by the generous pouring habits of a local bartender, decided to declare war against The City of Annapolis and secede. Thus, to the rallying cries of " Up The Republic," the micro-nation known as The Maritime Republic of Eastport was born.

In the ensuing years, although the Spa Creek Bridge has since re-opened, the once persecuted citizens of Eastport (Eastport-O-Ricans) have yearly declared a symbolic War of Independence against The City of Annapolis lest anyone forget this dark period of Annapolis-Eastport relations. The Tug of War, a celebration of the geographical and, some would argue, philosophical differences between Eastport and Annapolis, is a not-to-be missed maritime event unlike any other.

*The MRE is a registered 501(c)3 organization. All funds raised by the Tug and other MRE events are distributed to various charitable organizations in the Annapolis area. To date, over $500,000.00 has been raised.

**While other cities may claim to host a longer Tug, this is the only international Tug competition over water in the world. To read more about the history of The Maritime Republic of Eastport please visit here.

History of the Tug of War


Tug 2010

Tug 2009

Tug 2008

Tug 2007

Tug 2006

Tug 2005

Tug 2004

Tug 2003

Tug 2002

Tug 2001

Tug 2000

Tug 1999

We're working to complete our archive of past Tugs of War. Have any photos you want to share? Contact us.