HLM’s annual Head of the Weir River Race is a celebration of the estuary at the height of its fall beauty and the fabulous array of the region’s open water rowers. As many as 60 boats jockey for position racing out of the narrow estuary and onto open water, traveling from West Corner (on the Hull/Hingham/Cohasset line), past Bumpkin Island, across Hull Bay, to the museum’s Windmill Point Boathouse at Hull Gut.
A highly-contested 5 1/2 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, ad 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 200 of the region’s finest rowers from all over New England and New York.
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