open water rowing

The ethic 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.

Nautical Knowhow 2/6/2021

Nautical Knowhow 1/30/2021

Nautical Knowhow 1/23/2021

Nautical Knowhow 2/20/2021- Taking a break to talk about outer space and the surface of the sun!

Nautical Knowhow 2/27/2021 - Ropes and Knots

Nautical Knowhow 3/6/2021 - Resistance and Propulsion

Nautical Knowhow 04/03/2021 Planning a trip to Spectacle Island

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Hull Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Rowing to Peddocks Island

Boston Open-Water Rowing Club is on the Rise by Anna Sergeychik

adult rowing in hull

Adult Rowing in Boston Harbor

The best mental health activity in Greater Boston can be found at Windmill Point in Hull. The uninitiated need only bring appropriate footwear (that 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 and Pilot Gigs, choosing a boat each outing to match the crew that shows up on the beach. Warning: open-water rowing can be habit forming.  Learn more.

Relaunch of The Mighty Herring

south shore youth rowing

Summertime South Shore Youth Rowing

The Outer Harbor is out 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.  

Same boat

Same Boat YoungstersWe'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 abou 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

team building

Team BuildingOur rowing fleet offers an attractive platform for team-building, with a centrally located point of departure, attractive destinations in Boston Harbor, and equipment that is easy to learn and exceptionally safe. Rowing multi-oar boats offers a powerful metaphor for team dynamics. For more information contact us at 781-925-5433 or



annual races

snow row with ferry43rd Annual Snow Row
Saturday, March 2, 2024
(Weather Date: March 3, 2024)
Race Start: 12:00 noon
Coxswains Meeting: 11:00 am
Location: Windmill Point Boathouse, Hull, MA
Fee:  $45 per racer
Spectator Boat: $20

Race Results 2024 - Finish Order

Race Results 2024 - by Category 

HLM's signature-rowing race, the Snow Row, a celebration of traditional fixed seat boats and rowers. The race covers a 3 3/4 mile triangular course starting off at the beach at Windmill Point, continuing around Sheep Island, past the Peddocks Island day marker, and back to shore. The race is unique for its incredible LeMans-style start and its one-of-a-kind gathering of boats and athletes.

Weir at West CornerHead of the Weir River Race
Saturday, October 12, 2024
Check In: 9:00 - 11:00 am
Location: Steamboat Wharf, 48 George Washington Blvd, Hull
Race Start: 12:30 pm
Fee:  $45 per racer
High Tide: 11:44 am

The Head of the Weir 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 from all over New England and New York.  This highly-contested 5 1/2 miler, begins at the headwaters of the Weir River, then runs downstream, past Bumpkin Island across Hull Bay to the museum's Windmill Point Boathouse at Hull Gut. This is an exceptionally exciting race and a great spectator event.

Due to worsening erosion of the marsh the traditional starting line has been moved. All vessels must now launch at Steamboat Wharf and row upstream to the starting line.

Race Results 2023 by Elapsed Time
Race Results 2023 by Category

Icebreaker crew in codThe Icebreaker
Northeast Regional Youth Open-Water Rowing Championships
Sunday, November 23, 2024
Come be inspired! Watch and cheer as the best youth open-water rowers in New England compete for the coveted "Key to the Harbor" taking place this year at the Hull Yacht Club in Hull, MA. All youth rowing programs are eligible to participate.

The Icebreaker regatta draws 250 of the region's best youth open-water rowers and their supporters - from Boston Harbor, Lake Champlain, Downeast Maine, New Haven, New York City and the South Shore. These young people, from middle school through high school race throughout one day in a series of round-robin style heats. Taking place in Allerton Harbor at the Hull Yacht Club, the day offers great opportunities to see races, athletes, and vessels up close, so come cheer young people giving everything they've got during a day of inspirational athletics and sportsmanship.


Hull Lifesaving Museum   |   P.O. Box 221, 1117 Nantasket Avenue, Hull, MA  02045   |   (781) 925-5433


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