NEW LONDON, Conn. – For the first time since 2007, the heavyweight crew varsity eight fell to rival Yale, crossing 17 seconds after the Elis in the 150th Harvard-Yale Regatta Sunday morning on the Thames River.
The race was seen by over 1,300 viewers in 29 countries on the Ivy League Digital Network.
"Both crews were out to row their best and make a statement," said Charley Butt, The Bolles-Parker Head Coach for Harvard Men's Heavyweight Crew. "You could see that early on, as the crews were making moves, Yale was getting a little more movement on us. I am proud of how well our guys rowed and how they never gave in. It was a race that any rowing fan could appreciate because you had two crews rowing well and that had had heck of a seasons. And Yale came away better."
Yale set the upstream record with a time of 18:35.0 on a perfect day for rowing, besting Harvard's time from 1995 of 18:41.9. The Elis came out strong, building up to a five-seat lead by the half-mile mark. Yale lengthened its lead to open water with one mile gone and did not show signs of slowing down. At Mamacoke Hill, Yale was up 16 seconds. The Crimson made a final move, seeming to cut into the Yale lead, but could not overtake the men in blue, crossing in 18:52.6.
In the second varsity, Harvard took the early lead, fighting off Yale with a two-seat advantage off the start. Making a move with 2:45 gone, the Crimson had a five-seat advantage by the three-minute mark. Yale was waiting for its chance, making a move after the first half-mile to close the gap and take the lead near Mamacoke Hill.
The two crews held their ground for two minutes, until the Elis pushed out to a one-length lead. With a mile to go, Yale pushed out to two seats of open water and continued its pace, preventing any Harvard comeback.
To start the day, the third varsity bested Yale by 4.4 seconds. The Crimson pulled hard early, pushing out to a half-length lead by the first half-mile. Harvard extended its lead to three-quarters of a boat and settled in over the middle of the race. At the rock, the 3V owned an open-water lead and held back a Yale push over the final 20 strokes.
The rock held its crimson color after the combination boat bested Yale by 28 seconds on Saturday evening. Harvard finished in 9:48.
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