Event of the Week: 2014 Weir River Race Set for Oct. 25

2012 Head of the Weir River Race, photo/Hull Life Saving Museum.
2012 Head of the Weir River Race, photo/Hull Life Saving Museum.

On Saturday, October 25, the Hull Lifesaving Museum will host its annual celebration of open-water rowing and the Weir River Estuary and Boston Harbor in autumn with the Head of the Weir River Race. Up to 60 boats jockey for position as they 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.

A highly contested 5 ½-miler, the Weir draws coxed youth and adult rowers in gigs, single and double scullers, currachs, and ocean shells, as well as experienced kayakers.

In the “head of the river” format, boats leave 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.

Registration of $25 per person is required for all participants. Register at 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 is at 1:00 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 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, the Hull Lifesaving Museum’s Maritime Program Director at (781-925-5433) or via email, or visit the museum’s website.