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Harvard and Radcliffe Crews, Alumni, Coaches Set to Compete at 50th Head of the Charles

Harvard and Radcliffe Crews, Alumni, Coaches Set to Compete at 50th Head of the Charles

The Head of the Charles Regatta attracts more than 300,000 visitors to the Boston and Cambridge area 

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 50th 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 50th time. Over 11,000 athletes, 400,000 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 Schedule)

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 (Times listed are event start times, not individual boat start times)
12:59 p.m. – Women's Alumni Eights: Radcliffe Alumnae Rowing Association, bow No. 34
1:18 p.m. - Men's Club Fours: Harvard University (A), bow No. 23
1:18 p.m. - Men's Club Fours: Harvard University (B), bow No. 50
2:07 p.m. – Men's Club Eights: Harvard University (A), bow No. 4
2:07 p.m. – Men's Club Eights: Harvard University (B), bow No. 12
2:07 p.m. – Men's Club Eights: Harvard University (C), bow No. 20
2:23 p.m. - Women's Club Eights: Radcliffe Crew, bow No. 1
4:30 p.m. - Men's Championship Singles: Harvard University Boat Club, bow No. 28 

Sunday, October 19, 2014 (Times listed are event start times, not individual boat start times)
12:38 p.m. - Men's Alumni Eights: Harvard Alumni 2009, bow No. 6
12:31 p.m. - Directors' Challenge Men's Quads: Harvard Alumni 1978 (A), bow No. 29
1:43 p.m. - Men's Championship Fours: Harvard University (A), bow No. 9           
2:03 p.m. - Men's Championship Eight: Harvard University (A), bow No. 2
2:03 p.m. - Men's Championship Eight: Harvard University (B), bow No. 21
3:44 p.m. - Men's Lightweight Eights: Harvard University (A), bow No. 2
3:44 p.m. - Men's Lightweight Eights: Harvard University (B), bow No. 5
2:18 p.m. - Women's Championship Eights: Radcliffe Crew (A), bow No. 6            
2:18 p.m. - Women's Championship Eights: Radcliffe Crew (B), bow No. 27
3:31 p.m. - Women's Lightweight Fours: Radcliffe Crew (A), bow No. 2
3:51 p.m. - Women's Lightweight Eights: Radcliffe Crew, bow No. 2
3:51 p.m. - Women's Lightweight Eights: Radcliffe Crew (B), bow No. 6   

Alumni who are not listed, please let us know by emailing Allison Miller, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications, at allisonmmiller@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 42 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 34
 
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 6 2013
Youth doubles 1 2005
Youth eights 4 1992
Women 9  
Championship fours 2 1976
Championship eights 1 1973
Club eights 1 2013
Lightweight fours 1 2004
Lightweight eights 1 2013
Youth eights 3 1999

 

Last Year
A year ago, the Radcliffe heavyweight eight won its first club eights championship, setting a course record with a time of 16:41.930. Rowing the final split in a blistering 2:54.995, the squad defeated Brown (16:46.704) by nearly five seconds for the event win. In a strong headwind, the Black and White lights took second in the championship eight event, finishing with a time of 17:15.232 to trail only the Netherlands (Minerva Rowing Club). 

On the men's side, Harvard heavyweights took third overall – and first among collegiate squads – in the championship eights event. In an incredibly competitive event, the Crimson posted a time of 14:43.027, narrowly behind OTC Amsterdam (14:41.171) and USRowing (14:42.653).

The Crimson lightweight eight ranked second in the championship eights event, finishing with a time of 15:12.094. Harvard bested third-place finisher Yale by over 10 seconds.

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