Spectators packed the Larz Anderson Memorial Bridge to watch the 2009 Head of the Charles.
For more information on the Head of the Charles and the off course entertainment, log on to the official Head of the Charles website.
The 45th Head Of The Charles will take place Saturday and Sunday on the Charles River. The two-day event will attract more than 8,500 rowers and some 300,000 spectators.
All four rowing programs at Harvard will be involved in the event. Current and former Harvard and Radcliffe rowers are slated to compete in more than 17 different events. A number of additional alumni will be competing in various events for their respective clubs.
The world's largest two-day rowing event was first held on Oct. 16, 1965. The race was established by Cambridge Boat Club members D'Arcy MacMahon, Howard McIntyre and Jack Vincent, with the advice of Harvard sculling instructor Ernest Arlett. Arlett proposed that a "head of the river" race similar in tradition to races held in his native England, be held on the Charles River. "Head" races, a class of regattas, are generally three miles long. Boats race against each other and the clock, starting sequentially approximately fifteen seconds apart. Winners of each race receive the honorary title of "Head of the River" or, in this case, "Head Of The Charles."
Today, more than 8,000 athletes from around the world compete in 55 different race events. The regatta grew to a two-day event in 1997 and now attracts up to 300,000 spectators during the October weekend.
The race starts at Boston University’s DeWolf Boathouse and finishes approximately three miles (4,828 meters) upstream at the Herter Park on Soldier’s Field Road in Brighton.
Fun Head of the Charles Facts
Boats are entered = 1,884 (increase of 98 boats over 2008)
Rowers scheduled to compete = 8,842
State represented = 36
Countries represented = 15
Bridges to row under = 7
Course length = 3 miles (4,828 meters) all upstream
Fastest course time: 13:58.99 (1997 Championship Eights – Men, US Rowing)
Bridges to row
Race Events = 59
Age of oldest competitor = 83
Age of youngest competitor = 14
Charity monies raised by entrants = $49,625
Schedule for Harvard/Radcliffe Rowers
9:43 a.m. - Senior Master Women’s Eights – Etats Unis with lightweight coach Linda Muri (Bow 20)
11:30 a.m. - Alumni Women’s Eights - Radcliffe Association of Rowing Alumnae (Bow 13)
11:46 a.m. - Club Men’s Singles – Nick Baker ’07 (Bow 22)
12:06 p.m. - Club Women’s Singles – Carrie Morelock ’07, Radcliffe Lightweight Coaching Assistant (Bow 25)
12:27 p.m. - Club Men’s Fours – Harvard Heavyweights (Bow 17)
1:26 p.m. - Club Men’s Eights - Harvard Lightweight Freshman Eight (Bow 3)
- Club Men’s Eights – Harvard Heavyweights (Bow 1)
- Club Men’s Eights – Harvard Heavyweight Freshman Eight (Bow 18)
1:44 p.m. - Club Women’s Eight - Radcliffe Association of Rowing Alumnae (Bow 16)
- Club Women’s Eight - Radcliffe Heavyweights (Bow 20)
5:17 p.m. - Championship Women’s Singles – Ester Lofgren (Bow 13)
8:00 a.m. - Senior-Veteran Men’s Singles – Harry Parker (Bow 7)
12:32 p.m. - Master Men’s Singles – Adam Holland ’94 (Bow 1)
12:59 p.m. - Master’s Women’s Singles - Anne Browning ’00, Radcliffe Association of Rowing Alumnae (Bow 15)
2:10 p.m. - Lightweight Men's Singles - Moritz Hafner ’09 (Bow 22)
2:42 p.m. - Lightweight Men's Fours – Harvard Lightweights (Bow 7)
3:09 p.m. - Lightweight Men's Eights – Harvard Lightweights (Bow 4)
- Lightweight Men's Eights – Harvard Lightweights (Bow 13)
- Lightweight Men's Eights – Harvard Lightweights (Bow 21)
3:25 p.m. - Lightweight Women’s Eights - Radcliffe Lightweight Varsity Eight (Bow 6)
- Lightweight Women’s Eights- Radcliffe Lightweight 2nd Varsity Eight (Bow 9)
3:33 p.m. - Championship Men’s Fours – Harvard Heavyweight B (Bow 4)
- Championship Men’s Fours – Harvard Heavyweight A (Bow 18)
4:20 p.m. - Championship Men’s Eights – Harvard Heavyweight Freshman Eight (Bow 19)
- Championship Men’s Eights – Harvard Heavyweight B (Bow 26)
- Championship Men’s Eights – Harvard Heavyweight A (Bow 31)
4:33 p.m. - Championship Women’s Eights - Radcliffe Heavyweight Varsity Eight (Bow 8)
- Championship Women’s Eights – Radcliffe Heavyweight Second Varsity Eight (Bow 17)