2012 Weir River, MA, Rowing Race Coming Up

Photos courtesy Nancy A. Santry

On Saturday, October 27, the Hull Lifesaving Museum in Hull, Massachusetts will host its annual celebration of open-water rowing and the glory of the Weir River Estuary and Boston Harbor in autumn. The Head of the Weir River Race is expected to draw over 60 boats and 150 rowers and paddlers, who will race out the narrow estuary and into the open water, 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.

This highly contested 5-mile race draws coxed youth and adult rowers in gigs, single and double scullers, currachs, and ocean shells, as well as experienced kayakers.

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.

Registration (required for all participants) will be 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the starting line behind the Hull Public Works building at the Hull Town Line on Route 228. The coxswains’ meeting is at 10:45 pm, and race start at 11:30 am. 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 Nantasket Pier, 1-mile from the starting line; car and trailer parking is available.

Contact Information:

Hull Life Saving Museum

Call: Ed McCabe or Lory Newmyer at (781-925-5433)

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