The ethos of the nineteenth century surfmen and lifesavers whose stories are told in the Hull Lifesaving Museum, is perpetuated through the Open Water Rowing Program where seamanship, teamwork and open-boat voyaging skills are instilled in today's youth and adult rowers who row for recreation and sometimes to compete against other crews in regional races.

Rowing to Peddocks Island Video

Adult Rowing in Boston and Hull
The best mental health activity in Greater Boston can be found at Windmill Point, in Hull and the Boston Rowing Center at Fort Point Channel in Boston. The uninitiated need only bring appropriate footwear (that which can get wet) and a good sense of humor to learn the time-honored skill of "pulling together." As with all of the on the water programs, we row in Whitehall Fours, Pilot Gigs, barges, and Captain's gigs, choosing a boat each outing to match the crew that shows up on the beach. Warning: open-water rowing can be habit forming.

For first time rowers, we suggest that you plan your first rowing voyage for a Saturday morning. Also, we recommend that you call to ensure that non impromptu activities have been planned for the day. For more information or for daily scheduling questions call: (781)-925-5433.

Hull:  A few basics:
When: Saturdays, 7:30 am, year-round; Wednesdays, 6:30 pm, seasonally
Where: Windmill Point Boathouse, 185 Main Street, Hull

Boston: A few basics:
When: Saturdays, 10::00 am, April-October; Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 pm
Where: Boston Rowing Center at the Barking Crab Restaurant, Fort Point Channel, Boston

Annual fee is
$165 per year for April through November. (Any paid-up rower willing to brave the elements December through March can do so for free when the weather permits.)

Learn to Row is $30 for three sessions in our rowing Pilot Gigs and Whitehall Fours. This fee can be applied toward the full season membership.

South Shore Youth Rowing
The Outer Harbor is our playground in this year-round after school program serving middle and high school aged students on the South Shore. Participants come to Windmill Point, Hull to embark on voyages of discovery, every day choosing a different island or shoreline to explore, a different boat to row, a new way to know their friends.

Fall Season 2015
September 14 - November 21


South Shore Youth Rowing Basics:

Our coed program is for middle and high school aged students, 12-18. No experience is needed - only enthusiasm and a sense of adventure!

Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Windmill Point Boathouse, Hull

1.   Safety, both physical and emotional, is our primary concern. Our staff is trained extensively and continuously in Maritime Safety Procedures, First Aid, CPS, AED, and Psychological First Aid and Trauma Response. Ways you can help us ensure a safe program include filling out your registration form with emergency contact and medical information (including medications), and making sure rowers come to practice properly dressed for the weather.
2.   Pre-registration and pre-payment is required for all students. Unregistered students will not be permitted on the water. Please inquire if you have questions regarding registration or payment.
3.   Rowers are part of a team, and make a commitment to their crewmates, so we expect each rower to be at every practice. Of course, we understand that families have other commitments too; please let us know in advance if you know of any days that you will not be able to come rowing.
4.   Coaches will make a call by 2pm daily regarding on-the-water vs. on-land practice. Please call 781-925-5433 with any questions.

HLM Members: $200 per student
Non-members: $225 per student

(Financial assistance is available in cases of exceptional need. Please inquire.)

Weather and Practice/Event Cancellation
Whenever the weather allows, we're out on the water exploring Boston Harbor and the islands, but sometimes the weather just doesn't cooperate! We'll discover the joys, challenges, and rewards of erg'ing and strength training whenever weather dictates. If the weather is questionable, call (781) 925-5433 by 2 pm for updates on practice location.

You can download the forms online, or e-mail with questions.



Boston Youth Rowing
Combining on-the-water adventure and athletics with homework support, SAT and college prep, tutoring, and recreation, Boston Youth Rowing is an after school program (2:00 - 6:00 pm, Monday through Thursday) serving several hundred Boston kids, ages 10-21, each year. Boston Youth Rowing runs year-round out of the museum's urban site on Fort Point Channel in Boston and is open to any young person in Boston free of charge. Young people are welcome to drop-in or may contact us at: (781) 925-5433 or .

Same Boat
We're All in the Same Boat: Learn to row in Boston Harbor! "Same Boat" is a summer-long project focused on offering camps and programs throughout the city a fun, upbeat, different way to learn all about teamwork and personal development. This program serves boys and girls, ages 9-15, and is suitable for mainstream children as well as those with emotional, cognitive, and limited physical impairments. Groups come to the program twice a week for two hour rowing sessions, receiving complete skills and safety training. By advance reservation only. Program directors or caseworkers, please contact us at (781) 925-5433 or .




Currach Project 1992 Video - Charlestown Navy Yard

Our 1992 Summer Gateway Program crew constructed this Irish Currach from start to gooey, tarred finish. Our thanks to videographers, Ed McDonough and Mike Equi.


Upcoming Races

Icebreaker: Northeast Regional Youth Open-Water Rowing Championships
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Cost: $25 per person; spectators free

The Icebreaker draws 250 of the region's best youth open-water rowers - from Boston Harbor, Lake Champlain, Martha's Vineyard, Downeast Maine, New Haven and Avery Point, CT, and New York City - competing for the coveted "Key to the Harbor." The young people, from middle school through high school, race throughout the day in a series of round-robin-style heats. The day offers great opportunities to see beautiful races, athletes, and vessels up close, so come cheer young people giving everything they've got during a day of inspirational athletics and sportsmanship.

Sprint Courses                                Nautical Mile Courses


I6th Annual Boston Harbor Youth Championships
Boston Rowing Center,
Fort Point Channel, Boston, MA
Cost: Free

Boston Harbor's enthusiastic youth rowers will come together near the end of an intense fall rowing season to compete to be the best in the harbor! Athletes from all over Boston - from public schools, alternative schools, residential programs, and the South Shore Youth Rowing program converage on the wonder Fort Point Channel watersheet to sprint around marks and under bridges in a day of high-energy, high-fun competition. Races take place out of HLM's Boston Rowing Center, at the Barking Crab Restaurant. Please come be a part of this great, new tradition!

Past Races

Head of the Weir River Race
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Registration: 7:30 - 9:00 am
Coxswains Meeting: 9:30 am
Start Time: 10:00 am
HIgh Tide: 8:44
Hull Public Works Building,
West Corner, Hull, MA
Cost: $25 per person; spectators free

HLM's 29th Annual Head of the Weir River Race is a celebration of the estuary at the height of its fall beauty and the fabulous array of the region's open water rowers. As many as 60 boats jockey for position racing out the narrow estuary and onto open water, traveling from West Corner (on the Hingham/ Hull/ Cohasset line), past Bumpkin Island, across Hull Bay, to the museum's Windmill Point Boathouse at Hull Gut. A highly-contested 5 1/2 miler, the Weir draws coxed youth and adult rowers in gigs, single and double livery and workboats, currachs, and ocean shells, as well as experienced kayakers. In the "head of the river" format, boats kick-off the starting line at closely-timed intervals, and times are collated at the finish to determine the race winners. The Weir is exceptionally exciting race and a great spectator event, featuring over 150 of the region's finest rowers from all over New England and New York.

2015 Weir Race Finish Order
2015 Weir Race - Results by Category

2014 Weir Race Finish Order
2014 Weir Race - Results by Category

Fort Point Channel Regatta


Saturday, June 6, 2015
Boston Rowing Center at the Barking Crab Docks
88 Sleeper Street, Boston

Our 4th annual Fort Point Channel Regatta took place Saturday, June 6 at our Boston Rowing Center at the Barking Crab Docks. The race format consisted of round-robin style heats with twists, turns, and sprints. This event is suited for youth and adult crews with intermediate to advanced skills. We supplied all the boats and gear.


Snow Row Weekend

The Hull Lifesaving Museum's signature rowing-race, The Snow Row, is running for the 37th year on March 7, at the very tip of Hull's peninsula at the museum's Windmill Point Boathouse. But, hold on, the fun begins the night before, on Friday March 6, with the 5th annual Snow Ball - the most informal "ball" anyone will attend this year!

36th Annual Snow Row
2015 Snow Row Results: Finish Order
2015 Snow Row Results: By Category
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Registration:  8:30 am - 10:00 am
Coxswain's Meeting: 10:15 am
Race Start:  11:00 am

Snow Row ~ HLM Slideshow - March 22, 2015

Snow Row - Drone Video - March 22, 2015

Snow Row ~ Patriot Ledger Coverage - March 22, 2015

Sliding Seat Rowers - Rules as of 2012

Spectator Boat Information

Snow Row 2012 - Video by Tarah Llewellyn

HLM's signature-rowing race, the Snow Row, covers a 3 3/4 mile triangular course starting off the beach at Windmill Point, continuing around Sheep Island, past the Peddocks Island day marker, and back to shore. Huge crowds gather on the beach beside HLM's Windmill Point Boathouse to share in the wild, LeMans-style start, unpredictable weather, and one-of-a-kind gathering of gorgeous boats and athletes. Entirely within view of the Boathouse, the event is a much of a thrill for spectators as for participants. It is also a rare opportunity to see, up close, rowers of all ages and their stunning array of wooden pulling boats -- peapods, dories, wherries, whitehalls, ocean shells, kayaks, pilot gigs, captain's gigs, and Irish currachs. Youth and adult crews and rowers from all over New England, New York, and along the East Coast will join them.

The race has five boat categories: workboats, livery boats, coxed boats, ocean kayaks, and ocean shells. A few notes to all race participants: 1) all boats must carry PFDs, bailers, and whistles, 2) all coxed boats must pre-register and begin the race bow on the beach, and, 3) the HLM Race Committee reserves the right to cancel the race or keep individual boats from setting forth due to weather conditions or rower skill level.

After watching the excitement of the Snow Row's one-of-a-kind start, come to the Lifesaving Museum, a mile from the boathouse which will be open throughout the day with free admission. For more information please contact Ed McCabe at (781) 925-5433 or email

2014 Snow Row Results - Finish Order
2014 Snow Row Results - By Category

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