WHEN: May 5th, 2018 - race day registration starts at 8:am - Race starts at 9:am.

WHERE: Pope's Island Marina, New Bedford, MA

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2018 Wicked Whaleboat Challenge! Despite some confusion of the actual course, and some adjustment questions, (our fault, it will be remedied in the future. As punishment, we have thrown Mark from the highest cliff we could find. He won't be bothering anyone anymore), a fun time was had by everyone. 14 teams participated this year! We couldn't be happier to welcome some new teams this year all the way from Westport, Hull and Boston to participate in this prestigious event.

.....the RESULTS by order of launching..(BWT is Bob Water Time, or how long he was in the water)

Polar Oartex ------------------ 10:39 (BWT 1:48) FIRST PLACE
Duall Dharma ---------------- 10:54 (BWT 1:54) THIRD PLACE
Crab-a-Lots ------------------- 13:57 (BWT 2:20)
Sirene's ------------------------ 12:07 (BWT 2:01)
Seal Whisperers -------------- 13:09 (BWT 2:02)
Hull Life Saving Museum -- 12"31 (BWT 2:02)
Sea Warriors ------------------ 16:25 (BWT 3:06) DROWNED CAPT’N AWARD
Os Remadores  ----------------10:49 (BWT 1:56) SECOND PLACE
Ekam Dharma ---------------- 15:06 (BWT 2:49)
Miller High Lites ------------- 12:43 (BWT 2:56)
No Cinco de Boat -------------12:55 (BWT 2:45)
The Grey Buzzards ------------11:51 (BWT 1:53)
The Hooligans -----------------14:41 (BWT 2:38)
Boston Rowing Club --------- 11:29 (BWT 1:53)

and CONGRATULATIONS to Nancy Astephen from BBRC for winning the coveted Wicked Best-est Chowdah apron of 2018 and Allison Francisco from the AMHS for winning the Wicked Best-est Chili apron of 2018! DELICIOUS!!

Thanks everyone!

Special thanks to Lauri Bissonette for coordinating the food and chef competition. Thanks to James Hayes-Bohanan for the delicious coffee, Sarah Innes for manning the merch tent, and Nancy Carliss for registration. Thank you's also to Susan Athaide, Jim O'Dowd and Alice DeLuca for their patience and diligence as well for timing the race, and and finally, a huge thank you to Stephanie Garde and Greg Ruf for working the docks and getting everyone safely in out out of the boats in such a chaotic atmosphere.

Hope to see you all next year!

The Wicked Whaleboat Challenge is a race that not only tests the speed of the crew but also tests their skills. We've designed a course that accentuates the maneuverability of whaleboats and also incorporates a variety of skills that will challenge the coordination of the boatsteerer and the crew. 

The course is a timed event with each boat staggering their start, so there will only be two boats on the course at any time. 

After the row, enjoy and vote for your favorite WCR member's chowder for our membership's chowder competition!

The Wicked Whaleboat Challenge is restricted to whaleboats only. Our own fiberglass replica whaleboats will be available for any teams that wish to row (if you do not have a certified whaleboat boatsteerer, one will be provided for you). If you wish to train on our boats ahead of the challenge, please contact Mark at to schedule a training row.

REGISTRATION FORM: Find the registration form HERE

Advised Skills: 

  • Stern Stroke
  • Port and Starboard turns
  • Man Overboard Drill
  • A sense of FUN!
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Sorry. there are no divisions.

The awards given will be for 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place and the Drowned Captain Medal will be awarded to whichever team leaves Bob (the mannequin) in the water for the longest period of time.

1. With the bow lined up with the YELLOW starting buoy, at the horn, the boat will STERN STROKE back until the bow lines up with the southern YELLOW marker buoy.

2. Once lined up with the #2 marker buoy, the boat may revert to a normal pull.

3. Go around the island (beware of the shallows) keeping the WHITE channel marker and GREEN cans to your starboard.

4. Make a starboard turn around the WHITE marker buoy

5. Immediately after making a starboard turn at the YELLOW buoy, kick Bob (the mannequin) overboard and continue to the next marker.

6.  Make a port turn around the Yellow marker buoy and remove the steering oar from the water. You'll need to use commands to steer your rowers back to Bob (the mannequin). The penalty for dipping the oar in the water before Bob (the mannequin) is back in the boat is three times (3x) the time the oar is in the water. This will be added to your overall time.

7.  Retrieve Bob (the mannequin) from the water. The steering oar can go back in the water.

8.  Row towards the southern YELLOW marker buoy and turn anywhere between the end of the pier and the southern YELLOW marker buoy. You've finished!

9. Return Bob (the mannequin) to the launching dock.

10. Enjoy some chowdah!




Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2017 Wicked Whaleboat Challenge! Between the torrential rain and the 19mph winds, it lived up to it's name. The fact that 12 teams participated in those conditions, is a testament to your indomitable spirit. But enough of my ramblings...the RESULTS by order of launching..(BWT is Bob Water Time, or how long he was in the water)

The Crab-A-Lots------ 12:41 (BWT 2:21)
Kevin's Buzzards-------10:37 (BWT 1:47) THIRD PLACE
AMHS Men's------------9:55 (BWT 2:09) FIRST PLACE
BBRC Pick Me Ups---12:33 (BWT 2:21)
Miller Highlites--------12:10 (BWT 2:43)
AHMS Women's------17:09 (BWT 6:51) DROWNED CAPT'N AWARD
The Oar-E-O's---------12:32 (BWT 2:03)
The Sirines--------------11:03 (BWT 1:39)
Polar Oartex------------10:20 (BWT 1:55) SECOND PLACE
Dirty Oars---------------12:29 (BWT 2:52)
Seal Whisperers---------11:37 (BWT 1:55)
Louie's Buzzards------- 11:54 (BWT 1:58)

also congratulations to Ryan Dwelly for winning the coveted Golden Ladle for the Wicked Best-est Chowdah of 2017 and Lee-Ann Ruf for winning the cherished Golden Spork for the Wicked Best-est Chili of 2017!

Thanks everyone!