Open Rows and Sails
For anyone who is looking to experience a row or sail on one of our authentic Azorean whaleboats for the 1st time, you can do so free of charge!
AMHS keeps our authentic Azorean Whaleboats docked in Clark’s Cove at the New Bedford Community Boating Center (1641 Padanaram Ave., New Bedford) for the summer season. These boats are 40 feet long, made entirely of wood, and carry a boat steerer (coxswain) with 6 rowers. The boats are made available to our members and the community by our certified boat steerers during scheduled open row and open sail events.
If you would like to participate in an open row or sail, please view our scheduled time slots on our SignUpGenius pages for OPEN ROWS and OPEN SAILS. It’s as easy as viewing the available dates and clicking on an open time slot that you can commit to. Slots are added often and will be filled on a 1st come 1st serve basis. Our season generally runs from June into September. If there are particular days/times that work better for you, please let us know and we will try our best to accommodate open row time slots that work best for those who are interested. Depending upon weather conditions and the number of people signed up for a row, the coxswain will determine whether or not a row must be canceled (typically by 5pm the evening before).
Waivers & Dues
An individual can row or sail up to a total of 2 times (NOT each year) before being required to become a member and pay annual boat dues. (If you have already had 2 free rows or sails in prior years, you are not eligible for any more free rows or sails and will be required to pay membership and boat dues). All individuals must sign a joint waiver each year before getting on our boats (sign here: AMHS CBC Joint Waiver). You can save time by signing the waiver ONLINE ahead of time. If you are not able to complete it online, extra paper forms are located in the lock box at the dock. All coxes will verify passengers have signed a waiver before taking any passengers out on the boats.
–Check your email (inbox and SPAM) for updates before leaving the house.
-Please be 10-15 minutes early, boats should be leaving the dock at the scheduled time to maximize time on the water!
-If you are not able to make it to a row that you have signed up for, please provide at least 24 hours notice so that the slot can be filled by someone else.
–If you can sign the AMHS CBC Joint Waiver online ahead of time it’s a big help
-We recommend bringing a bottle of water, hat/sunglasses, and a pair of gloves.
If you are not able to make it to a row or sail that you have signed up for, please provide at least 24 hours notice so that the slot can be filled by someone else.
Depending upon weather conditions and the number of people signed up for a row or sail, the steerer will determine whether or not it must be canceled (typically by 5pm the evening before the row or sail).
Please let us know if you have any questions. See you on the water!
These boats were built with the support of individuals like you ‒ and we rely on your continued generosity to keep them in working order. AMHS maintains these three wooden boats throughout the year and makes them available for the community to experience. Please become a member or attend one of our fundraising events to help keep our maritime heritage alive.