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. Rowing memberships are open to all people 18 years and older. For more information or for daily scheduling questions call: (781)-925-5433.

Hull Rowing Schedule:
Where: Windmill Point Boathouse, 185 Main Street, Hull
Saturdays, 7:30 am, year-round
Wednesdays, 6:30 pm, (June 30-August 26 only)

Boston Rowing Schedule:
Where: Boston Rowing Center at the Barking Crab Restaurant
Fort Point Channel, Boston

Saturdays, 10::00 am
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 pm (March 13 - November 6 only)

Annual Membership:
$195 per year March through February.

Summer Rowing Membership: $170
Summer Season: March - November

Winter Rowing Membership: $50
Winter Season: November - March

Financial assistance toward a rowing membership is available on a limited basis in cases of genuine financial hardship.

Adult Rowing Membership Registration

Home Waters Youth Rowing Program Brochure

South Shore Youth Rowing
The Outer Harbor is our playground in this 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.



*Financial assistance available  

South Shore Youth Rowing Basics:

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


Weather and Practice/Event Cancellation
Every session will include education on the area, the weather, the boats, and rowing.  On the occasion that weather does not permit us going out on the water we will have activities planned for indoors.

With questions please contact Elizabeth at (781)925-5433 or



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.

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.


Team Building Program

Our 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



41st Annual Snow Row
March 14, 2020

Registration: 9 - 11:00 AM
Coxswains' Meeting:  11:15 AM
Race Start:  Noon
Windmill Point Boathouse
185 Main St., Hull, MA

HLM's signature-rowing race, the Snow Row, the 41st Annual Snow Row is a celebration of traditional fixed seat boats and rowers. The race covers a 3.75 mile triangular course starting off 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.

Slideshow: Snow Row through the Years!

Spectators are encouraged to watch the race either from the Windmill Point Boathouse or beach. A great spectacle, the event is a much of a thrill for spectators as for participants. It is also a rare opportunity to see, a stunning array of wooden pulling boats -- peapods, dories, wherries, whitehalls, pilot gigs, captain's gigs, and Irish currachs. Participants include experienced youth and adult crews and rowers from all over New England, New York, and along the East Coast.


Snow Row - Drone Video - February 2016

Snow Row - Drone Video - March 22, 2015

Snow Row ~ HLM Slideshow - March 22, 2015

Snow Row 2012 - Video by Tarah Llewellyn


Head of the Weir River Race
Saturday, October 2020
Registration: 8:30 - 9:30 am
Coxswain's Meeting: 10:00 am
Race Start: 10:45 - 11:00 am
High Tide: 10:45 am
Hull Public Works Building,
West Corner, Hull to Windmill Point
Boathouse, Hull
Fee:  $45 per person

HLM's 34th 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 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.




Icebreaker: Northeast Regional Youth

November 2020


Come be inspired! Watch and cheer as the best youth open-water rowers in New England compete for the coveted "Key to the Harbor." This year's crews cover every skill level from novice to varsity competing over a full day of non-stop, round-robin style racing. Hosted once again at our Boston Rowing Center on Fort Point Channel, the day offers unequaled opportunities to watch over 250 young people giving everything they've got during skills-challenge heats, culminating in a Novice Distance Challenge and the traditional Nautical Mile events.

The Icebreaker continues to grow, with teams descending on Boston from New York City, New Haven, Avery Point, Boston Harbor, Cape Cod, Plymouth, Westport, Lake Champlain, and Maine's mid-coast, Rockland, North Haven, and Vinalhaven. The waterfront will come alive as 30 traditional, kid-built, wooden gigs take to the Harbor in a day of inspirational athletics and sportsmanship.

This event is by invitation only, pre-registration is required.



Pilot Gigs 1st Boats

Pilot Gigs 2nd Boats

Pilot Gigs Novice Boats

Coxed Fours 1st Boats

Coxed Fours 2nd Boats

Coxed Fours Novice Boats  

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