About Us

“Our philosophy is that a boat should be a lifelong asset for personal and family pleasure, stand up to rigorous usage and be built to last generations.” – Marie Hutchinson & Harold Aune, co-founders

Founded in 1987, by Marie Hutchinson and Harold Aune, Whitehall Rowing & Sail was first to produce sculling boats that feature slide seat rowing systems, usually found in a racing shell, with the famous Whitehall , renowned for safe efficient rowing in wind and waves.

about1 About Us The hand built Whitehall Spirit® Classics are impeccably built in fiberglass, teak and bronze. These seaworthy designs perform beautifully in all conditions and always bring a smile of approval to those who know boats. Since 1987 over 3000 classic Whitehall Spirit® boats are owned by rowing and sailing enthusiasts around the world.

The Whitehall Spirit® Solo 14™and the Tango 17™, produced since 2007, are the world’s first thermoformed copolymer sculling boats. They retain all of the rowing performance of the hand built classics and are lighter and more affordable to help more people enjoy the fun and fitness benefits of slide seat rowing.

about2 About Us Marie Hutchinson and Harold Aune have extensive backgrounds. Marie in areas as diverse as midwifery and the healing arts to yacht construction, business management, marketing and manufacturing; Harold in film making, music, sail boat design and construction, business management, and high tech manufacturing.

In 2010 they founded the Whitehall Spirit® Rowing Club of Victoria which introduced “All Water” slide seat rowing to the general public. This has become a business opportunity that is changing the nature of rowing by making it accessible and affordable. Phin’s Water Sports is now in full operation in Marina del Rey, California offering Whitehall Spirit® “All Water” rowing to its members.

“We both feel the world is now shifting toward a new connection with nature, life and real values, which we fondly refer to as the quiet revolution; the products our company offers are beneficial to this process.”

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