Another first for Come Boating! at Head of Weir race
Hull, Mass. — Come Boating!’s two mixed crews of men and women took first and second place in the Pilot Gig class in the 26th annual Head of the Weir rowing race Oct. 27. It was Come Boating!’s final race in a season in which one of its gigs took first in every race it participated.
Race day was mild and sunny, with light winds and mostly flat water along the 5.5-mile course. Fifty-four boats competed, including gigs, single and double livery boats, currachs, ocean shells and kayaks. The Pilot Gig class included 12 boats, from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Vermont and Maine.
The race, sponsored by the Hull Lifesaving Museum, begins at a narrow estuary on the Hingham/Hull/Cohasset town line, passes Bumpkin Island, and crosses Hull Bay to its end at the Windmill Hill Boathouse at Hull Gut. The start was staggered, with boats beginning every 30 seconds.
“Because the river is narrow at the start, maneuvering around the boats that started earlier was interesting,” said Belle Fast cox Rick Fitzsimmons.
Belle Fast started two minutes ahead of Come Boating!’s Selkie. The Belfast gigs finished less than two seconds apart, with Selkie first with a time of 44:07 and Belle Fast second at 45:50.
The winning crew in Selkie was comprised of Monica Piccinini, Jonathan Fulford, Aaron Bauman, Sarah Mattox, Ethan Shaw and Sally Faulkner, with Chris Gordon as cox.
John Dillenbeck, Matthew Scala, Gregory Stafford, Dick Fishbeck, Marnie Reeve, and Amy Grant rowed the Belle Fast, with Rick Fitzsimmons at cox.
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