Programs and Workshops
Adult Rowing in Boston and Hull
The best mental health activity in greater Boston can be found three times a week at Windmill Point, Hull. 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 no 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, 7:30am, year round; Wednesdays, 6:30pm, seasonally
Where: Windmill Point Boathouse, 180 Main Street, Hull
Cost: $100 per year, plus HLM membership
Boston: A few basics:
When: Saturdays, 10-11:30am, April-October; Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30pm
Where: Boston Rowing Center at the Barking Crab Restaurant, Fort Point Channel, Boston
Cost: $100 per year, plus HLM 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 twice a week 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.
Watch a video of our youth rowers in action!
Spring Season 2013
April 8 - June 5
South Shore Youth Rowing Spring Flyer
South Shore Youth Rowing - Registration Form
South Shore Youth Rowing - Spring Clothing Checklist
Our coed program is for middle and high school aged students, 12-18. No experience is needed - only enthusiasm and a sense of adventure! Please register early; space is limited.South Shore Youth Rowing Basics:
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, CPR, 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 2 pm daily regarding on-the-water vs. on-land practice. Please call 781-925-5433 with any questions.
HLM Members: $150 per student
Non-members: $185 per student
PAYMENT IS DUE ON OR BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE.
(A limited number of partial Scholarships are available. Please inquire.)
Weather and Practice/Event Cancellation
Whenever the weather allows, we're out on the water exploring Boston Harbor and the islands at this most mysterious and revealing time of the year, but sometimes the weather just doesn't cooperate! We will continue to guide rowers through our construction of a stitch-and-glue skiff. With any luck (and depending on the weather), we'll finish our first skiff and start a second! Spring is also a wonderful time of year to build fitness. We'll discover the joys, challenges, and rewards of erging, strength training, and yoga whenever the weather dictates. If the weather is questionable, call (781) 925-5433 by 2 pm for updates on practice location.
TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM, YOU MUST REGISTER!
You can download the forms online, or e-mail Corinne or Lory at email@example.com with questions.
Boston Rowing Center
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 p.m. Monday through Thursday) serving several hundred Boston kids, ages 10-21, every year. Boston Youth Rowing runs year-round out of the museum’s urban sites in South 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Ed's guide to being a Coxswain
Designated Worrier (DW) Procedures
Maritime Safety Protocols
Bathhouse Lectures are co-presented monthly by the Hull Lifesaving Museum, the Friends of the Hull Public Library, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Author Claire Cook, discussing her new novel Time Flies
Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 pm
Mary Jeanette Murray Bathhouse
204 Nantasket Avenue, Nantasket Beach, Hull
Free, Donations Welcome
After a sixteen year career as a teacher, former Scituate resident Claire Cook wrote her first novel in her minivan at age 45. At 50, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of her second novel, Must Love Dogs. She is now the bestselling author of nine novels, as well as frequent speaker on topics ranging from fiction writing to reinvention. Claire Cook's latest book, Time Flies, is an epic road trip filled with fun, heartbreak, and friendship, and explores what it takes to conquer your worst fears...so you can start living your future.
"The exuberant and charming Claire Cook is one of the sassiest and funniest creators of contemporary women's fiction," according to The Times-Picayune. People Magazine says her writing "goes down as easy as it sounds," Good Housekeeping calls it, "laugh-out-loud," Redbook "gleefully quirky" and the Chicago Tribune "funny and pitch perfect." The Today Show featured Claire as a "Today's Woman."
Author Brian Cassie presents Collecting and Identifying Local Shells
Thursday, May 9, 7:30 pm
William Martin presents The Lincoln Letter
Thursday, April 11, 7:30 pm
Victoria Stevens, Curator, Hull Lifesaving Museum
Remembering the Nancy
Thursday, February 7, 7:00 pm
Stephanie Schorow, Author
Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits
Wednesday, January 9, 7:30 pm
Peter Arenstam, Captain of the Mayflower II, Plimouth Plantation
The Mighty Mastiff of the Mayflower
Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 pm
Stephen Puleo, Author and Historian, New Book
The Caning: the Assault that Drove America to Civil War
Monday, October 15, 7pm
Ellen Berkland, Archaeologist, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Native Presence and Persistence on the Boston Harbor Islands
Wednesday, September 12, 7pm
Summer Adventure Program
The Summer Adventure Program offers six weeks of discovery and exploration for children ages 5-9. Summer Adventure meets Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30-12:30, with a different theme each week. *Registration for Pond Yacht Racers is $95 members, $110 nonmembers (due to a higher material cost). Registration for all other weeks is $85 members, $100 nonmembers (scholarships and 10% sibling discounts available). For information, please contact Victoria Stevens at 781-925-5433 or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Summer Adventure Registration Packet
2013 Summer Adventure Sessions
Session 1, "Summer, 1883", July 9 - 11
In celebration of our next exhibit, "Yachting in Hull, 1880-1901, we'll travel back in time to the summer of 1883, to explore what summer fun was like for children in our community 130 years ago.
Session 2, Shipwrecks & Lifesavers, July 16 - 18
We'll learn about Joshua James and Hull's lifesaving crews; the ships, the storms, and the rescues that have earned Hull a place of pride in Coast Guard history. We'll sail model ships past rocky shoals and have a chance to ride the breeches buoy!
Session 3, Life at a Lighthouse, July 23 - 25
What was it like to be a child in a lighthouse family? We'll learn about some of the families that lived at Boston Light, and try our hand at the lighthouse life, learning about the technology of lighthouses and fog signals, as well as the lighter side of island life.
Session 4, Pond Yachts, July 30 - August 1
A great opportunity for young children to build their first model boat - a T 12 that sails beautifully. Children will assemble, stain, and rig their vessels. Launch day is a joy to see!
Session 5, Pirates Tales, August 6 - 8
We'll hear tales of real pirates who once sailed our shores, then seek their buried treasure, finishing up with a pirate party!
Session 6, Tidepool Adventures, August 13 - 15
Registration for this session has CLOSED, as the session has reached FULL enrollment.
Registration begins March 15, 2013. Please call 781-925-5433 or email email@example.com to register.
Holidays and Workshops
Junior Model Makers Club
School Vacation Camp
Thursday - Friday, February 19-22, 9 am - 1 pm
$110 members; $120 nonmembers
* fee covers all materials, including a LEGO Fire Boat and a Pop-Pop Boat
Recommended for children ages 5-10
Space is limited; Pre-registration is required.
The Hull Lifesaving Museum is celebrating National Engineers Week, February 17-23, 2013 with a special Junior Model makers Club School Vacation Camp. Each day involves building, experimenting, and playing! Activites include:
* Building with LEGO boat kits and our LEGO Simple Machines Kits
* Building a bottle boat from recycled materials
* Experimenting with candle powered pop-pop boats
Children will keep the LEGO, Pop-Pop and other boats they build.
Point Allerton US Lifesaving Station Interactive Tours
Point Allerton U.S. Lifesaving Station, constructed in 1889, was home to Captain Joshua James and his crew, America’s greatest lifesavers, renowned for saving hundreds of shipwrecked mariners from peril in Boston Harbor.
The tour begins with a brief history of organized lifesaving, emphasizing the contributions of volunteer lifesavers, continues on to the Galley where children learn about daily life at the station, then, on to the Boat Room to see the treasure of the museum collection- the storied surfboat Nantasket. Children will have the chance to view first hand the lifesavers’ surfboat and rescue equipment, while hearing true tales of amazing courage and heroic rescues. The fun culminates in the museum’s loft where children of all ages enjoy “setting sail” on the climb-on boat, dressing up in period clothes, learning to tie a new knot, and standing watch in the museum cupola, with stunning views of Boston Light, Boston Harbor, and Fort Revere Park.
The Breeches Buoy
The Breeches Buoy rescue allowed lifesaving crews to carry shipwreck survivors safely to shore. A line firing gun sent a lifeline to the wrecked ship. Through this ingenious system lifesaving crews were able to send the breeches buoy to the ship. On shore, the lifesavers worked as a crew to haul the “whip line,” pulling the breeches buoy along the hawser, and the survivors, one by one, over the water to safety. Children’s groups can participate in breeches buoy reenactments from May through September, with children playing the roles of lifesaving crew and shipwreck survivors.
Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks supported by visiting the museum.
Guided tours of the 1889 Point Allerton U.S. Lifesaving Station, including current exhibits, are available seven days a week by appointment. Please contact Victoria Stevens at 781-925-5433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maritime Heritage Gatherings
7 - 9 pm
Free, Donations Welcome
Join us for a weekly gathering of maritime culture enthusiasts, led by Maritime Heritage Specialist, George Hamilton. Our initial meetings will help us determine the interests and direction of the group. Possible projects include boat restoration, remote control models, participating in nautical game night, and visiting boat builders and maritime museums. Please come share your interest in local maritime history.
To learn more, please contact George Hamilton at 781-925-5433 or email@example.com.
Beachcomber Holiday Wreath
Monday & Tuesday, November 19 & 20
10 am - 2 pm
$15 members; $20 non-members
Join us for a fun and festive holiday workshop. We've been happily combing the beaches, gathering shells, sea glass, and more for our gorgeous seaside wreaths!
Come decorate a unique beach-themed wreath, while enjoying coffee, tea, great company and creative inspiration.
All materials needed will be provided (but feel free to bring your own found treasures, too.) Space is limited. Please call or email Victoria Stevens at 781-925-5433 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fort Point Channel Open - Crewmaster Sprints
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Race Start: 10:00 am
Registration: By phone or email; race day check-in 8:30 - 9:15 am
Location: HLM's Boston Rowing Center at the Barking Crab Restaurant,
88 Sleeper Street, Boston
Fee: $20 per person
A day of sprint races in Boston Harbor, rowing the Hull Lifesaving Museum's own gigs. Crews will switch boats each round, and the crews with the best overall times in each category will be declared 2013's crewmasters. The race course is a long sprint, which winds through bridges and other obstacles in Fort Point Channel, and is designed to test a crew's nautical skills and ability to work together as a team.
Pre-registration is requested, as seats in boats may fill up.
Prize Categories: Fours and Sixes.
-Intermediate (rowed for less than 2 years)
-Advanced (2+ years of rowing experience, or desire to compete on an advanced level)
For more information, contact Rafael at (617) 443-1900 or email@example.com.
34th Annual Snow Row
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Race Start: 12:00 noon
Registration: 10:00 - 11:00 am
Location: Windmill Point Boathouse, 185 Main Street, Hull, MA
Fee: $20 racers; Spectators free
Sliding Seat Rowers - Rules as of 2012
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 the museum'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 as much of a thrill for spectators as for participants. A Harbor Express high speed ferry, with boarding at Pemberton Pier, follows the race course, affording spectators an even closer view of the event. 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 Lory Newmyer or Ed McCabe at the Hull Lifesaving Museum, 781-925-5433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Snow Row Results: 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
2013 Snow Row Results by Category
2013 Snow Row Results Finish Order
2012 Snow Row Video - Courtesy Tarah Llewellyn
|Crash-Bobs: Hull’s Indoor Rowing Races|
Saturday, January 26, 2013
8:30 am - Noon
Liffman Challenge, 10:30 am start
Hull Lifesaving Museum
$5 suggested donation
Liffman Challenge Route Map
Initially conceived as a local warm-up for the World Championship CRASH-Bs in mid- February, the CRASH-Bobs has taken on a life of its own, now attracting dozens of hard-corps pain seekers to Hull in the deepest depths of winter. The day’s ergometer races come in many shapes and sizes, and include both 2000 and 5000 meter pieces, as well as relays and sprints for distance. Individuals and teams compete in race categories that recognize the very young (we had one six year old), the more “mature” (82 is our age to beat), and those of all emotional ranges in between.
The centerpiece of the day is the notorious Liffmann Challenge, a biathlon combining rowing and hill running. The course is comprised of a 5000-meter erg pull immediately followed by a 2.5 mile run or bike sprint through Hull’s hilliest neighborhood.
Drop-ins are welcome for the individual events, but those participating in the Liffmann Challenge must pre-register by phone (781-925-5433) to reserve an erg seat. Contact Ed McCabe for more information about the Bobs or to reserve a seat in the Liffmann Challenge.
2013 CRASH Bobs Results
2012 CRASH Bobs Results
2011 CRASH Bobs Results
2010 CRASH Bobs Results
|Icebreaker: Northeast Regional Youth Open-Water|
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Windmill Point Boathouse, Hull
9 am - 4 pm
$20 per person
The Icebreaker draws 200 of the region’s best youth open-water rowers – from Boston Harbor, Lake Champlain, Martha’s Vineyard, Maine’s North Haven, Rockland, and Vinalhaven, New Haven and Avery Point, CT, New York City, Plymouth, and Scituate – compete 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, culminating with a huge nautical mile race across the bay. 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. Please contact Lory Newmyer for more information.
2012 Icebreaker Race ResultsNovice Boat Course Second Boat Course
2011 Icebreaker Race Results
2010 Icebreaker Race Results
2009 Icebreaker Race Results
2010 Icebreaker Photo Album 2010
Icebreaker Photo Album
|First Boat Course Nautical Mile Course|
3rd Annual Boston Harbor Youth Championships
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Boston Rowing Center at the Barking Crab Restaurant
10 am - 1 pm
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 converge on the wonderful 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!
November 2012 Youth Championship photos: Sheila Connor
Spring 2012 Youth Championship Video by Tarah Llewllyn
Head of the Weir River Race
Saturday, October 27
Registration 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Cost: $20 per person
2012 Head of the Weir Finish Order
2012 Head of the Weir Results by Category
The Hull Lifesaving Museum's 26th 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 5-½ 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 one-minute intervals, and times are collated at the finish to determine the race winners. The Weir is an 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. Best spectator views are from the bridge on George Washington Boulevard (10-20 minutes after the start), at the tip of Hull's Sunset Point, or at the Windmill Point Boathouse finish line. Spectators should show care crossing the road on George Washington Boulevard, watching for fast moving traffic.
Registration, required for all participants, will be 9:30 am - 10:30 am at the race starting line behind the Hull Public Works building at the Hull Town Line on Route 228. The coxswains' meeting is at 10:45 am, and race start at 11:30 am. All coxed boats must contact the race organizers before the day of the race. There is no parking available at the race starting line; the put-in for trailered boats is at Nantasket Pier, one mile from the starting line, where car and trailer parking is available. For more information or questions about participating, call Ed McCabe, the Hull Lifesaving Museum's Maritime Program Director or Lory Newmyer, Executive Director, at the museum (781-925-5433).
2011 Head of the Weir Finish Order
2011 Head of the Weir Results by Category
2010 Head of the Weir Finish Order
2010 Head of the Weir Results by Category