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Hingham Maritime Center

The original Lincoln Sailing Club was formed in 1970 from the inspiration of avid sailors who wanted to teach the youth of Hingham and nearby towns to sail. The name ‘Lincoln Sailing Center’ was derived from the key support of the Lincoln Savings Bank, a local Hingham bank that supported our grass-roots effort to bring accessible, community sailing to the harbor. We made our home on Barnes Wharf, which Charles Barnes gave to the Town of Hingham in 1966. In cooperation with the Rotary Club, the 1970-1971 Town selectman gave their blessing to the creation of Lincoln Sailing Center along with the use of the land under the provision that LSC would always remain a community sailing center for the general benefit of the townspeople.

LSC continued to grow and in 1988, the Trustees of LSC constructed the Curtis Pavilion and then gave it to the Town of Hingham in 1995 so that it could be enjoyed by the entire community. In the year 2000, the LSC eyed further expansion and plans to build the Curtis Family Boathouse were put in place. This started off an intense period of fundraising and work by the LSC board and supporters, including our key supporters, the Curtis, Gray and English families. In March 2003 our beautiful boathouse, designed by Neil Martin, was officially opened and has become a focal point of the Hingham harborfront.

Under the guidance of our then president, Mike Cataldo, our rowing program was added in 2002 and has enjoyed great popularity since then. In 2005, in recognition of our broadened scope, we changed our name to Lincoln Maritime Center. In 2015, we changed our name to Hingham Maritime Center in honor of the town and community that we have called our home since our first season in 1970.

Over the years, we have hosted a variety of different organizations such as the Hingham High Rowing and Sailing teams, the Notre Dame Academy Rowing and Sailing teams, Thayer Academy’s Rowing Team, the Chamberlain School, the SNAP program and many others. Rowers and sailors of all ages take advantage our of programs and our hard work in developing this space, something we welcome as part of our mission as a community maritime center.

In 2007, HMC was awarded the Massachusetts Bay Sailing Association Leonard B. Fowle Yacht Club of the Year Award. Many other individual awards and accolades are connected with HMC, with many of our participants, both youth and masters, going on to compete in prestigious competitions such as the Head of the Charles, the CRASH-Bs and the Junior Sailing Olympics as well as local ones such as the Head of the Weir, the Blackburn Challenge, Scituate Junior Regatta and the Lipton Cup.

As a maritime center, we are fully committed to the mission of connecting the local community with the sea through sailing, rowing, maritime education in an affordable and accessible way. A licensed non-profit organization, HMC offers scholarships based on financial need which are available to eligible sailors and rowers of all ages. For more information call 781-741-5225.

In all programs, Hingham Maritime Center is committed to its Core Values:

  • Safety
  • Satisfaction
  • Respect for the environment
  • Respect for the community