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:
Saturdays, 7:30am, year round; Wednesdays, 6:30pm, seasonally
Where:  Windmill Point Boathouse, 180 Main Street, Hull
Cost:  $130 per year (includes HLM membership)

Boston:  A few basics:
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:  $130 per year (includes HLM membership)

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.

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 once 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!

Fall Season 2014
September 22 - November 22

South Shore Youth Rowing - Fall 2014 Flyer

South Shore Youth Rowing - Registration Form

Fall Clothing List

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!  Please register early; space is limited.

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:  $200 per student
Non-members:  $240 per student

(Financial assistance is available if needed. 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!  Spring is wonderful time of year to build fitness. 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 Rafael at 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 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

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

guide to being a Coxswain
Worrier (DW) Procedures
Maritime Safety Protocols


Captain Joshua James Birthday, Gallery Talk

Saturday, November 22, 2014
10:30 am
Point Allerton Station
Free with Museum Admission

In celebration of the great lifesaver's 188th birthday, Curator Victoria Stevens will discuss the inspiring life of Captain Joshua James: his early life, his courageous rescues, and his enduring legacy. The presentation will also include a short film from the christening of the new US Coast Guard Cutter JAMES in Pascagoula, Mississippi on August 16, 2014 by ship's sponsor, Charlene James Benoit, great-great niece of Joshua James. Join us to learn more about Hull's hometown hero!

Nantasket Beach Lecture Series is co-presented monthly by the Hull Lifesaving Museum, the Friends of the Hull Public Library, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.


Renovation of Graves Light
with Dave Waller

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7 pm
Nantasket Beach Resort, 45 Hull Shore Drive, Hull
Free, Donations Welcome

Since purchasing Graves Light in September 2013, Dave Waller has been working to restore the historic lighthouse. Join us to learn about the history of Graves Light and the current restoration project.

New England's Historic Ice Harvesting Industry
with Dennis Picard

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7pm
Nantasket Beach Resort, 45 Hull Shore Drive, Hull
Free, Donations Welcome

By the end of the 19th century, commercial harvesting of ice from new England's ponds and lakes for export was the 9th largest industry in the United States employing tens of thousands of workers in New England alone. Dennis Picard has been demonstrating the ice harvesting trade for almost two decades. He will display some of his antique tools of that trade, and will share the interesting tale of this once massive enterprise.

Past Lectures:

Don Salvatore, The Secret Lives of Fireflies
May 22, 2014

Cathy Stanton, Peddocks Island, A Study of Community
April 10, 2014

Elisabeth Elo, "North of Boston"
February 20, 2014

John Edward Huth, "The Lost Art of Finding Our Way"
January 9, 2014


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 $110 members, $130 nonmembers (due to a higher material cost).  Registration for all other weeks is $100 members, $120 nonmembers (scholarships and 10% discounts for siblings and active military families available).  For information, please contact Victoria Stevens at 781-925-5433 or email

2014 Summer Adventure Registration Packet

Emergency Contact Form

Holidays and Workshops 

Special Election Day LEGO Club

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Point Allerton Station  
$45 members, $50 nonmembers
Recommended for children ages 7-10
Space is limited; Preregistration is required.
(The Twin Rotor Helicopter is included in the cost of the program. Children will bring their Helicopters home to keep.)

Is your school closed for Election Day? Join us for a full day of LEGO fun. We'll be building the new LEGO Technic Twin Rotor Helicopter. We'll experiment with building cool creations from our LEGO Simple and Powered Mechanisms kits, including windmills, land yachts and fishing rods. We'll also have lots of time to play in the museum loft. Children should bring a lunch (peanut free, please).

Mark your calendars: The February School Vacation LEGO Club will feature the Arctic Base Camp set #60036.

For more information, or to register, please call 781-925-5433 or email


Beachcomber Wreath Workshop

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Session 1:  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Session 2:  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Point Allerton Station
$30 museum members; $35 nonmembers
Preregistration is required.

Our beachcomber workshop hash proven to be a popular favorite, and a great way to get into the holiday spirit! We provide evergreen wreaths and a wide variety of decorating materials: shells, dried flowers, ribbons, and unusual beach finds. Come decorate a beautiful seaside holiday wreath in fun, creative company. Please email or call 781-925-5433 to register.



Crash-Bobs: Hull’s Indoor Rowing Races
Saturday, January 31, 2014
Point Allerton Station
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
$10 per person
Pre-registration required for the Liffman Challenge

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.

2014 CRASH Bobs Results
2013 CRASH Bobs Results
2012 CRASH Bobs Results


36th Annual Snow Row
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Registration: 9:00 - 11:00 am
Coxswains' Meeting: 10:45
Race Start: 11:00 am
Cost $25 per person; Spectators Free

2014 Snow Row Results
2014 Snow Row Times

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. 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 the Hull Lifesaving Museum, 781-925-5433 or

Snow Row Results:
2013 Snow Row Results by Category

2013 Snow Row Results Finish Order
2012 Snow Row Video - Courtesy Tarah Llewellyn


Icebreaker: Northeast Regional Youth Open-Water
Rowing Championships
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Windmill Point Boathouse, Hull
Cost:  $25 per person; spectators free

Registration Form

The Icebreaker draws 250 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.

2013 Icebreaker Race Results  
2013 Icebreaker PHOTO ALBUM
2012 Icebreaker Race Results 


5th Annual Boston Harbor Youth Championships
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Boston Rowing Center at the Barking Crab Restaurant
10:30 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! 

Head of the Weir River Race
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Start Time: 1:00 pm
Registration: 10:30 - 12:00 noon
Coxswains Meeting: 12:30 pm
Hull Public Works Building, West Corner, Hull, MA
Cost:  $25 per person; spectators free
2014 Weir Results
2014 Weir Finish Order


The Hull Lifesaving Museum's 28th 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 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.

   Best spectator views are from the bridge on George Washington Boulevard (5-15 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, $25 per person, required for all participants, will be 10:30 - noon at the race starting line behind the Hull Public Works building at the Hull Town Line on Route 228. The coxswains' meeting is at 12:30 pm, and race start at 1:00 pm. 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 Steamboat Wharf, one mile from the starting line; cars and trailers may be parked across the street from Jake's Restaurant at the DCR lot, between the Carousel and the Skate Rink. For more information or questions about participating, contact Ed McCabe, Maritime Program Director at (781-925-5433) or email:
2013 Weir Results
2013 Weir Finish Order

3rd Annual Fort Point Channel Open - Crewmaster Sprints
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Registration: 8:30 - 9:15 am
Coxswain's Meeting:: 9:20 am
First Heat Begins: 10:00 am
Location: Boston Rowing Center at the Barking Crab Restaurant
Fee: $20 each 


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