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Wicked Whale Boat Challenge 2019

May 4, 2019



WHEN: May 4th, 2019Race day registration starts at 8:am – Race starts at 9:am.

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

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 mark@incabinated.com 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!


May 4, 2019


Wicked Whale Boat Challenge
102 Popes Island
New Bedford, MA 02740 United States
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