Buoy tender roundup wraps up with award ceremony

Capt. Andrew Quaye, commanding officer of the Canadian coast guard vessel Barlett, presents each of the U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender commanding officers with a gift during the closing ceremony of the buoy tender roundup July 20, 2012 in Juneau, Alaska. The roundup strengthens the long-standing relationship between the two agencies, which share more than one maritime border. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst.

The crews from all six cutters participating in this year’s 17th District buoy tender roundup crowded the Station Juneau, Alaska pier for an award ceremony July 20, 2012.

The unusually sunny weather made a perfect backdrop to the celebratory occasion, and the boisterous cheering proved that spirits were high that afternoon.

While nearly every crew took home a plaque for at least one event, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Anthony Petit, a 175-foot coastal buoy tender based in Ketchikan, took home the overall award. Based on a compilation of scores from the various events that took place during the roundup, the overall award gives recipients an additional plaque and bragging rights until next year’s event.

The events ranged from all out feats of strength, such as the tug-of-war, to the remarkable examples of kitchen prowess, as seen in the biscuits and gravy cook-off.

The Coast Guard buoy tender crews, based throughout Alaska, Washington and Oregon, and the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Bartlett, based in Victoria, British Columbia, headed back to their respective ports after the ceremony.

“This year’s roundup was a huge success,” said 17th District’s Lt. Kerri Dunning, the coordinator of the six-day event. “The crews left with plenty of training fresh on their minds and a renewed sense of camaraderie.”

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