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Harvard and Radcliffe Crews, Alumni, Coaches Set to Compete at 48th Head of the Charles

The Head of the Charles Regatta attracts more than 300,000 visitors to the Boston and Cambridge area (photo Harvard Ahletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
The world's most prominent and largest two-day rowing event will take place on the Charles River this weekend as rowers from across the globe travel to Boston for the 48th Head of the Charles Regatta. All four crews from Harvard and Radcliffe, as well as many alumni and coaches, will take part in the races.

About the Head of the Charles
The Head of the Charles, which marks itself as the "ultimate two-day rowing competition," comes to the shores of Boston and Cambridge for the 48th time. Over 9,000 athletes, 300,000 spectators and 1,400 volunteers will take to the Charles River and its shores for the event. D'Arcy MacMahon, Howard McIntyre and Jack Vincent, all members of the Cambridge Boat Club, started the regatta in 1965 on the advice of former Harvard sculling instructor Ernest Arlett and since its inception, the Head of the Charles has seen consistent growth. The first event featured around 100 competitors and has grown to 55 events at this year's HOCR.

Schedule
(Complete List)
Saturday, Oct. 20 (Times listed are event start times, not individual boat start times)
9:24 a.m. – Men's master eights [50+]: Warren Boat Club (several Harvard alumni), bow No. 13
9:24 a.m. – Men's master eights [50+]: Alte Achter Boat Club (several Harvard alumni), bow No. 29
9:57 a.m. – Men's Senior Master fours [50+]: Warren Boat Club (several Harvard alumni), bow No. 24
11:16 a.m. – Men's alumni eights: Hvl+, bow No. 8
11:16 a.m. – Men's alumni eights: Butte Boat Club, bow No. 35
11:16 a.m. – Men's alumni eights: Harvard Alumni 2009, bow No. 43
11:48 a.m. – Men's club singles: James Cushing Bayley V '09, bow No. 14
12:30 p.m. – Men's club fours: Harvard lightweight crew, bow No. 36
1:20 p.m. – Men's club eights: Harvard heavyweight crew, bow No. 3
1:20 p.m. – Men's club eights: Harvard heavyweight crew, bow No. 15
1:20 p.m. – Men's club eights: Harvard lightweight crew, bow No. 18
1:35 p.m. – Women's club eights: Community Rowing, Inc. (Sarah Maxwell '06, Emily Parfit '08), bow No. 10
1:35 p.m. – Women's club eights: Radcliffe heavyweight crew, bow No. 12
2:04 p.m. – Women's master doubles [40+]: Cambridge Boat Club (Saiya Remmler, Linda Muri), bow No. 6
2:31 p.m. – Women's master fours [40+]: Radcliffe Alumnae Rowing Association, bow No. 15
2:49 p.m. – Men's masters eights [40+]: Curvature of the Earth Rowing Club (several Harvard alumni), bow No. 6
4:23 p.m. – Women's championship singles: Liv Coffey '11, bow No. 7
4:34 p.m. – Directors' challenge parent/child doubles: Harry Parker and daughter Abigail Parker, bow No. 22

Sunday, Oct. 21
2:32 p.m. – Men's championship fours: Harvard heavyweight crew, bow No. 3
2:40 p.m. – Women's championship fours: Radcliffe heavyweight crew, bow No. 9
2:55 p.m. – Men's championship eights: Harvard heavyweight crew, bow No. 1
2:55 p.m. – Men's championship eights: Harvard heavyweight crew, bow No. 15
2:55 p.m. – Men's championship eights: Harvard heavyweight crew, bow No. 19
3:08 p.m. – Women's championship eights: Radcliffe heavyweight crew, bow No. 2
3:08 p.m. – Women's championship eights: USRowing (Caryn Davies '05, Esther Lofgren '09), bow No. 5
3:08 p.m. – Women's championship eights: London Rowing Club "Great Eight" (Jill Carlson '12), bow No. 9
3:08 p.m. – Women's championship eights: Radcliffe heavyweight crew, bow No. 25
4:15 p.m. – Men's lightweight fours: Harvard lightweight crew, bow No. 12
4:23 p.m. – Women's lightweight fours: Vesper Boat Club (Maryana Vrubel '12, Elizabeth Bates '11), bow No. 1
4:23 p.m. – Women's lightweight fours: Radcliffe lightweight crew, bow No. 7
4:38 p.m. – Men's lightweight eights: Harvard lightweight crew, bow No. 2
4:38 p.m. – Men's lightweight eights: Harvard lightweight crew, bow No. 13
4:45 p.m. – Women's lightweight eights: Radcliffe lightweight crew, bow No. 3
4:45 p.m. – Women's lightweight eights: Radcliffe lightweight crew, bow No. 5

Alumni who are not listed, please let us know by emailing Brett Moore, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications, at brettmoore@fas.harvard.edu.

The Course
Map (PDF) | Information
The Head of the Charles course starts at the Boston University Boathouse and runs approximately three miles upstream, past the Harvard University campus. The route goes under the combination of a railroad trestle bridge near BU, the BU bridge and five triple-arching bridges on its way to the finish line. 

Navigating by Land
The Head of the Charles provides shuttle buses that run a continuous loop around the course and parking areas. For more information, click here.

Live Webcasts

For fans unable to make it to Cambridge, the Head of the Charles Regatta will offer a live webcast of the event. For more information, click here.

Championships
Harvard and Radcliffe teams have won 40 HOCR championships, a number that does not include student-athletes, coaches and alumni racing as individuals or representing their clubs and countries.

Race   No. Last
Men    
Championship doubles   4 1984
Championship fours   4 1973
Championship eights   3 2012
Club fours   1 1973
Club eights   6 2010
Lightweight fours   5 1975
Lightweight eights   5 1975
Youth doubles   1 2005
Youth eights   4 1992
Women    
Championship fours   2 1976
Championship eights   1 1973
Lightweight fours   1 2004
Youth eights   3 1999


Last Year
The Harvard heavyweight crew won the premier title at the 2011 Head of the Charles with a victory in the heavyweight eights race. It was the Crimson's first victory in the race in 34 years and came in Harry Parker's 50th season at the helm of the crew. The win, along with efforts from the lightweight crew, helped Harvard capture the MacMahon Cup Regatta Point Trophy for the most total points by any club, school, college or university.

On the women's side, Radcliffe's best performance came in the heavyweight championship eights race, which saw the Black and White finish second among 39 boats. Radcliffe also placed 22nd in the championship eights race, eighth of 20 boats in the championship fours and 13th of 28 in Saturday's club eights. The lightweight eights earned third place in its championship eights race, finishing the course in 17:16.1, barely behind defending national champion and second-place Stanford.

Coaches Compete
Several current and former coaches of Harvard and Radcliffe crews will compete at this year's HOCR with Harry Parker, who is in his 51st year as The Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men's Crew, being the most notable. Parker will be rowing along with his daughter, Abigail Parker, in the Directors' Challenge Parent/Child Doubles event Saturday at 4:34 p.m. Other coaches competing include Linda Muri, an assistant for the men's lightweight team, who will compete in the women's master doubles and a pair of coaches in the Radcliffe Alumnae Rowing Association women's master fours boat. Wendy Wilbur, a coaching assistant for Radcliffe's heavyweight crew, and Nelia Newell '79, a former Radcliffe assistant, will be in the second and third seats, respectively.

Notable Alumni
Every year, many alumni revisit the Cambridge during the Head of the Charles Regatta. This year is no different with Harvard having significantly more individuals racing than any other university. Most notably, Olympians Caryn Davies '05, Esther Lofgren '09 and Henrik Rummel '09 are among those slated to race this weekend. Davies and Lofgren, who helped the USA women's eight win gold in London this summer, will be in the USRowing boat in the women's championship eights race Sunday at 3:08 p.m. Rummel, a former bronze medalist, will row in a Harvard alumni eight boat. Additionally, Jill Carlson '12 will also be in the women's championship eights event, coxing the "Great Eight" out of London Rowing Club. The "Great Eight" consists of a mix of highly-touted international scullers.