Hull, MA, Group Releases List of Upcoming Whaleboat Races

Six of the new whaleboats built for the Charles W. Morgan docked at the Museum's Middle Wharf. Photo/Mystic Seaport
Six of the new whaleboats built for the Charles W. Morgan docked at the Museum’s Middle Wharf. Photo/Mystic Seaport

The Hull Lifesaving Museum of Hull, MA, has compiled a list of whaleboat events connected to the voyage of the historic whaling ship Charles W. Morgan this summer.

The voyage of the Morgan began on May 23 and will culminate on the docks of Mass Maritime Academy on July 26 and 27.

Throughout the voyage, the ship will drop her brand-new whaleboats, built by small shops across the East Coast and Great Lakes.

For more information on the following events and races, contact ed@hulllifesavingmuseum.org.

Sunday, June 15

  • 9th Annual Azorean Whaleboat Regatta
  • MIT Boathouse on the Charles River
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Somewhat different boats, 6 rowers, cox on steering oar, straight line, 1000 meter sprints in heats and finals. All very casual and fun with good food and excellent racing practice.

Saturday, June 21

  • Fort Point Channel Open (rescheduled)
  • Boston Rowing Center
  • 88 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA
  • 8:30 Registration
  • 10:00 – 2:00 Races
  • Round-robin races in fours and sixes, slalom course in and under the bridges, very urban. Not whaleboats but lots of fun.

Saturday, June 21

  • Martha’s Vineyard Whaleboat Races Tisbury Wharf
  • Vineyard Haven, MA
  • MORGAN whaleboats racing a traditional 1 mile out and 1 mile back, 4 boats. Heats and final. All fun. Contact Brock at bcallen@vineyard.net.

Saturday, July 5

New Bedford Whaleboat Races

  • New Bedford Harbor
  • New Bedford, MA
  • As part of the celebration of the arrival of the CHARLES W MORGAN. Distance and turning races. Very, very competitive! These folks are whaleboaters! and aren’t interested in any of us open water folks poaching on the bragging rights.
  • EVENT FLYER
  • REGISTRATION FORM

MORGAN ~ Port Visit to Boston: Friday, July 18 through Tuesday, July 22 

Saturday, July 19

  • HLM Whaleboat Distance Races
  • Boston Rowing Center
  • 88 Sleeper Street, Boston
  • 10:00 – 2:00
  • Distance races from Castle Island to Fort Point Channel. Nautical Mile and two-mile races, finishing under the bridges at Fort Point. Power boat tow to the start, blast down harbor. ~ Heats and Final Heats by group, kids, clubs, military. Final, all crews, based on best times.

Sunday, July 20

  • HLM Whaleboat Turning Races
  • Boston Rowing Center
  • 88 Sleeper Street, Boston
  • 10:00 – 2:00
  • Turning races off Charlestown Navy Yard, aft of the MORGAN and the USS CONSTITUTION. Up and back, two turn sprints around marks. Port turns taking advantage of the sweep oar and the asymmetrical rowers layout. ~ Heats and Final Heats by group, kids, club, military. Finals by best times.