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2016 Head of the Weir Race

Head of the Weir


We will be leaving by bus from VUHS at 8:30 Friday morning. Lunch will be on the road near Manchester, NH. We will continue to Hull, Ma. Dinner with be at the Hanover Mall. We will be staying overnight at Wompatuck State Park 204 Union St, Highham, Ma. (This is where we stayed last year). Bring sleeping bags, pillow, toiletries, gloves, hats, extra clothes, etc., (weather forecast for Saturday is predicted at 54 and partly Sunny).

On Saturday registration is between 9 and 11. Boats need to be rowed to the starting line-up. Race starts at Noon. Remember race starts in a swampy area BRING RUBBER BOOTS!

Race and awards should be over by 5 PM and we should be back at VUHS around 11 PM.

You will be eating 2 lunches and 2 dinners on the road. Approximately $50 for meals (depending on your appetite).

Remember to get permission slips signed and turned into me by Thursday.

For Parents Heading to the Race we will be staying at Wampatuck State Park    Park Directions

From North: 93 South thru Boston
Take Route 3 South to Exit 14 and the intersection with Route 228
Follow Route 228 North for approximately 5 miles
Turn right onto Free Street
Continue one mile to the park entrance on the right
The camping area is 1.5 miles in the park on the right

The race on Saturday starts at the Hull Public Works building located on Route 228 and will continue for 6 miles to its end at the Hull High School

October 3, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael DeKoster
 Hull Lifesaving Museum
Hull Lifesaving Museum's
30th Annual Head of the Weir River Race!

Date:  October 29, 2016
Registration: 9:00 - 11:00 am
Coxswains Meeting:  11:15 am
Start Time: 12:00 noon
Hull Public Works Building, 9 Nantasket Ave. at West Corner, Hull, MA  
Early Bird - On-Line Registration Deadline - Tuesday, 10/25/16: $25 per person
Race Registration: 10/26/16 - 10/29/16: $30 per person 
Contact:  Ed McCabe  
Phone:  781-925-5433
Photo: Patti Abbate
Hull, MA - October 29th
   Hull Lifesaving Museum's 30th Annual Head of the Weir River Race is a celebration of the estuary at the height of its fall beauty coupled with a varied 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 (see chart). 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 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. Spectators should show care crossing the road on George Washington Boulevard, watching for fast moving traffic.
   Early Bird Registration, $25 per person, runs through Tuesday, 10/25/16. Registration 10/26/16 - 10/29/16 is $30 per person. Race day registration will run 9:00 - 11:00 am at the race starting line behind the Hull Public Works building, 9 Nantasket Avenue, at the Hull Town Line on Route 228. The coxswain's meeting is at 11:15 am, and race starts at 12:00 noon. 

All coxed boats must 
contact the race organizers before the day of the race.

   Please call the Hull Lifesaving Museum, at 781-925-5433 for more information.
The Hull Lifesaving Museum is a member of US Rowing.

Hull Lifesaving Museum | 781-925-5433 |
PO Box 221
1117 Nantasket Avenue
Hull, MA  02045

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