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
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 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!
Fall Season 2013
September 23 - November 20
South Shore Youth Rowing Fall Flyer
South Shore Youth Rowing - Registration Form
South Shore Youth Rowing - Fall 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 - 5:00 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
Nantasket Beach Lecture Series are co-presented monthly by the Hull Lifesaving Museum, the Friends of the Hull Public Library, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
John Edward Huth, "The Lost Art of Finding Our Way"
January 9, 2014, 7:00 pm
Nantasket Beach Resort, 145 Hull Shore Drive, Hull
Free, Donations Welcome.
Long before GPS, Google Earth, and global transit, humans traveled vast distances using only environmental clues and simple instruments. John Huth, Harvard University Donner Professor of Science, asks what is lost when modern technology substitutes for our innate capacity to find our way. In "Finding Our Way," Huth shows us how to navigate using natural phenomena - the way the Vikings used the sunstone to detect polarization of sunlight, Arab traders learned to sail into the wind, and Pacific islanders used underwater lightning and "read" waves to guide their explorations. Huth reminds us that we are all navigators capable of learning techniques ranging from the simplest to the most sophisticated skills of direction-finding. Still today, careful observation of the sun and moon tides and ocean currents, weather and atmospheric effects can be all we need to find our way.
Peter Stevens, "The Voyage of the Catalpa"
November 14, 2013, 7:00 pm
The whaling ship Catalpa set out from New Bedford, Massachusetts, on the morning of April 29, 1875, to undertake a daring yearlong mission of international rescue. American captain George Anthony risked his career as a whaler—and his life—to rescue a group of British-soldiers-turned-Irish-rebels known as "The Fremantle Six" from their prison in Australia. Among the "Fremantle Six" was future Hull resident John Boyle O'Reilly, who would go on to become the editor of the Boston newspaper, the Pilot. O'Reilly's summer home is now the Hull Public Library.
Preparing for Climate Change with Anne Herbst
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 7:00 pm
Preparing for Climate Change Impacts on Hull. Among the predicted impacts are sea level rise and the increasing frequency and intensity of coastal storms. Through historic photos and flood damage analysis this presentation will look at the history of coastal storms and consider what the future may bring for Hull and its low-lying coastal neighbors.
Ellen Berkland: Neighborhoods of Boston Harbor
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 7:00 pm
The islands of Boston Harbor have had people living on them for thousands of years beginning with the First Peoples. Most recently, the islands have been home to public and private institutions, hospitals, forts, and schools creating a network of communities that lived and worked on the islands.
Dr. Gordon Davis, The Iraq National Museum - Rehabilitation and Re-opening
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 7:00 pm
Dr. Davis was Director of the Iraq Cultural Heritage Project in Baghdad between 2009 and 2011. Join us as he talks about re-opening of the Museum's eleven galleries, relocation of world famous collections to modern collections storage, and the process of capacity building for museum and archaeology professionals in Iraq.
Come learn about current projects in the marine sciences.
with Lt. Cynthia Travers, USCG
Saturday, December 7, 11 am
Free, all ages are welcome.
The U.S. Coast Guard currently operates two polar icebreakers (USCGC POLAR STAR and USCGC HEALY), which perform a variety of missions in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. These amazing vessels, weighing in at more than 13,000 tons each, are able to escort other ships through ice-covered waterways, support scientific research operations, and in the case of POLAR STAR, provide assistance in breaking out Antarctica's McMurdo Station. Although it seems like simple enough work, there is a lot more to breaking ice than simply driving a ship into an ice floe at "ramming speed"! Lt. Cynthis Travers, a Coast Guard officer who served for two years aboard USCGC HEALY during three Arctic patrols, will be here to answer your questions about this unique Coast Guard mission. Come learn about the different types of sea ice (including frazil, shugga, and pancake ice), the importance of an icebreaker's hull shape, and how Deck Watch Officers on an icebreaker learn to "read" the ice conditions to keep their ship and crew safe. Discover some of the interesting mirage phenomena frequently seen at high latitudes, and hear stories of seals, polar bears, and what it's like to walk on a giant floating piece of ice!
The Power of Waves
with US Coast Guard Academy Professor Peter Tebeau
Saturday, November 16, 11 am
Free, All ages are welcome
Waves are one of the most complex and beautiful features of the ocean - they can also be one of the most dangerous. They can rapidly destroy ships grounded along the coast, wash away homes in a matter of hours, and sink ships at sea without leaving a trace. As a lifesaving organization, the Coast Guard must constantly contend with their presence and their power. As an instructor at the Coast Guard Academy, Peter Tebeau teaches future mariners and lifesavers how to anticipate the dangers of waves and deal with them.
In this Science Saturday session, he will discuss why waves break on the shoreline and the changes they go through approaching the shore. He will explain why a tsunami that is barely perceptible in mid-ocean can wreak havoc on the land. He will describe "rogue waves" - what causes them, how often they occur and the damage they can inflict on ships. If you sail on the water or live by the shore, this session will be one of great interest to you.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Hull Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
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
2013 Summer Adventure Registration Packet
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.
Icebreaker: Northeast Regional Youth Open-Water
2013 Icebreaker Race Results
2013 Icebreaker PHOTO ALBUM
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Bathing Beach, Hingham
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 Results
2011 Icebreaker Race Results
2010 Icebreaker Race Results
2009 Icebreaker Race Results
2010 Icebreaker PHOTO ALBUM
Novice Boat Course Second Boat Course
|First Boat Course Nautical Mile Course|
|Crash-Bobs: Hull’s Indoor Rowing Races|
Saturday, February 1, 2014
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
35th Annual Snow Row
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Race Start: 10:30
Location: Windmill Point Boathouse, 185 Main Street, Hull, MA
Fee: $25 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 Ed McCabe at the Hull Lifesaving Museum, 781-925-5433 or email@example.com.
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
|4th Annual Boston Harbor Youth Championships|
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Boston Rowing Center at the Barking Crab Restaurant
10:30 am - 1 pm
2013 RACE RESULTS
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, November 2, 2013
Start: 11:30 am
Coxswains' Meeting: 10:45 am
Registration: 9 am
Cost: $20 per person
The Hull Lifesaving Museum's 27th 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.
2013 Weir Results
2013 Weir Finish Order
2012 Weir Results
2012 Weir Finish Order
2011 Weir Results
2011 Weir Finish Order
2010 Weir Results
2010 Weir Finish Order
Fort Point Channel Open - Crewmaster Sprints
Saturday, May 18, 2013
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.