Here Comes the Snow….Row!

Richard Honan, part of our TotalBoat Pro Team, delights in finding rowing events that get his blood pumping. Starting lines jammed with boats and oars, intense competition around islands, beaches, bodies of water – none of it phase this hardy soul who delights in boatbuilding, sign making, grandfathering and photography.

In fact, Richard built the Adirondack Guide Boat that he plans on rowing in the Hull Snow Row. (that’s Hull, Massachusetts) Read about his boatbuilding in this TBS post.

Stay tuned as Richard sends us photo and video from this really cool (yes – cold, even!) event happening at the end of February. Details are below with thanks to the Hull Lifesaving Museum. 


38th Annual Snow Row
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Windmill Point Boathouse
185 Main St., Hull, MA



HLM’s signature-rowing race, the Snow Row, covers a 3 3/4 mile triangular course starting off the beach at Windmill Point, continuing around Sheep Island, past the Peddocks Island day marker, and back to shore. Huge crowds gather on the beach beside HLM’s Windmill Point Boathouse to share in the wild, LeMans-style start, unpredictable weather, and one-of-a-kind gathering of gorgeous boats and athletes. Entirely within view of the Boathouse, the event is a much of a thrill for spectators as for participants. It is also a rare opportunity to see, up close, rowers of all ages and their stunning array of wooden pulling boats — peapods, dories, wherries, whitehalls, ocean shells, kayaks, pilot gigs, captain’s gigs, and Irish currachs. Youth and adult crews and rowers from all over New England, New York, and along the East Coast will join them.

The race has five boat categories: workboats, livery boats, coxed boats, ocean kayaks, and ocean shells. A few notes to all race participants: 1) all boats must carry PFDs, bailers, and whistles, 2) all coxed boats must pre-register and begin the race bow on the beach, and, 3) the HLM Race Committee reserves the right to cancel the race or keep individual boats from setting forth due to weather conditions or rower skill level.

After watching the excitement of the Snow Row’s one-of-a-kind start, come to the Lifesaving Museum, a mile from the boathouse which will be open throughout the day with free admission. For more information please contact Ed McCabe at (781) 925-5433 or email


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