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What's it's like to row with DWR?

Where to begin? Learning a new skill, an immersive experience in a gorgeous coastal environment, observing the abundant wildlife that live in this watershed, discovering the history of Belfast's working waterfront and YES, enjoying a unique, fun, on-the-water adventure in a wooden dory boat!  This is all part of rowing with DWR!


Rows happen in Sorciere, a 19'5" Swampscott dory, a traditional-style wooden boat, originally designed as a fishing vessel, dating back to the 1840's and 1850's.


Sorciere comfortably seats up to four people, including your Maine Guide, Nicolle, the DoryWoman herself!  DWR rowing services are available for individuals, pairs and trios.  Pricing is per person in the boat. 

DWR offers four types of rows:  lessons, guided tours, workout and speciality rows.  The difference?  Lessons provide focused instruction on how to row a fixed seat, two-oared traditional-style boat in open water.  Guided tours offer the option to be a row or be a passenger (or both), offering a scenic on-the-water experience of Belfast Bay and the Passagassawakeag River, which includes observing the wildlife that lives here, learning about Belfast's working waterfront and the heritage of traditional wooden boats in the region.  Workout rows are for rowers with intermediate to advanced rowing skills and experience.  DWR offers a "Learn to Row 4-Pack" that provides good preparation for workout rows.  Speciality rows happen throughout the year and are fun outings to mark various holidays and celestial events.  The Moon & Stars Row, the notorious Witches Row and the Solstice Row are a few examples of these types of rows.


Rows are offered throughout the week, mainly in the mornings.  Late afternoon sessions and Sunset Rows are offered in the warmer months. 

Children ages 8 and up are welcome on Guided Tours and some speciality rows; under 14 with parent/guardian accompaniment.  Kids 14 and up may also participate in a rowing lesson.

DWR also offers customized rows for you or your group.  Pease inquire!  Examples:  an engagement outing, team-building, maritime history for student groups.


DWR prioritizes safety.  All rows begin with a safety talk.  Life jackets/PFDs are required in the boat for all passengers.  In the colder months, these must be worn on the dock and in the boat. 


Rows are weather dependent.  DWR will go out in a variety of conditions including light to moderate wind, moderate ocean swell and chop, light rain, fog and snow.  


In the event DWR cancels a row due to the weather, every effort will be made to reschedule the session. If this is not possible, a full refund will be issued.

Client Cancellation Policy:  rows cancelled 48 hours in advance will receive a full refund; 24 hours in advance, half the fee will be refunded.  Less than 24 hours, day of cancellations or "no-shows" will not be eligible for a refund.  A row cancelled by a client may be rescheduled one time.  A cancellation after the row has been rescheduled will not be eligible for a refund.


All participants must review and sign DWR's client liability waiver and photo release form before going out for your row.  You will receive links to these forms when you book a session.

What to wear and bring?  DWR recommends wearing comfortable, anti-wicking layers (wool, silk, synthetic fabrics) and comfortable footwear, appropriate for the temperature and conditions, depending on the time of year.  When cool temps or precipitation are forecasted, bringing a light jacket or rain gear is advised.  In the colder months, please wear a wind-resistant jacket that provides insulation, as well as a hat, gloves and sturdy boots that will keep you warm and dry.  Bring plenty of water to stay hydrated and a snack, if you'd like, as well as sunscreen.  Feel free to also bring a camera or phone to take photos or binoculars! 

Book your Row here or click on "Book Your Row" in the drop-down list under "Ready to Row" in the menu up above. 


Questions?  Please reach out to Nicolle at

or call/text:  207-323-3932 


Looking forward to rowing with you!

Please also see the DWR 2021 Wrap-up Video below!