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



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.


Lecture by Captain Andrew Tiongson of the USCGC JAMES

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 7 pm
Nantasket Beach Resort, 45 Hull Shore Drive, Hull
Free, Donations Welcome

We are honored to welcome Captain Andrew Tiongson of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James. The Coast Guard's newest National Security Cutter, the James, is named for Hull's own legendary lifesaver Joshua James. James is credited with saving more than 540 lives from shipwreck during his 60 year career as both a Massachusetts Humane Society volunteer lifesaver and the first Keeper of the historic Point Allerton US Lifesaving Station, now the Hull Lifesaving Museum.

Captain Tiongson will offer a presentation about the impressive new cutter, the fifth of eight Legend Class National Security Cutters. The most technologically advanced cutters in the Coat Guard fleet, they are designed to perform a variety of missions and operations at sea including: national defense, port security, alien migrant interdiction, maritime law enforcement, environmental defense, search and rescue, and drug interdiction.

Rear Admiral John Korn, Assistant Commandant for Acquisitions said of USCGC James, "It seems only fitting for a cutter that will protect the lives of millions of Americans to bear the name James." The USCGC James was christened on August 16, 2014 at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi and is expected to be commissioned late this summer.

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 

February Vacation LEGO Club

Point Allerton Station  
Recommended for children ages 7-10
Space is limited; Preregistration is required.
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



Upcoming Races

CRASH-Bobs: Hull's Indoor Rowing Races
Saturday, January 31, 2015
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Point Allerton Station
1117 Nantasket Ave., Hull
$10 per person

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 in 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 Liffman 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 Liffman 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 Liffman Challenge.


36th Annual Snow Row
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Registration 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Coxswain's Meeting: 10:15 am
Race Start: 11:00 am

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 box 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

2014 Snow Row Results - Finish Order
2014 Snow Row Results - By Category

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