CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Rowers from across the world will descend upon the Charles River this weekend, as the waterway will host the 54th Head of the Charles Regatta Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21. All four Harvard and Radcliffe varsity crews will be in action over the weekend.
How to Follow
- Live Webcast: The Rowing Channel
- Schedule and Results: Head of the Charles Regatta
- Spectators planning to attend Head of the Charles should familiarize themselves with the organization's parking and transportation recommendations. Information on getting to the event, parking, shuttles and directions can be found here.
- Information on parking at Harvard Athletics campus this weekend can be found here.
What to Know
- Harvard and Radcliffe teams have won 45 HOCR championships, a number that does not include student-athletes, coaches and alumni racing as individuals or representing their clubs and countries.
- The Harvard and Radcliffe lightweight crew teams each earned a bronze medal at last year's competition in their respective Championship Eight races. The fours were also in action, as the women finished sixth, while the men placed 12th. Additionally, the men's second varsity eight boat posted an 11th place mark.
- On the heavyweight side, the men claimed fourth overall in its Championship Eight race, while the Championship Four boat recorded a 12th place finish. The women posted an 11th place finish in its Championship Eight event, while the Club 8+ edged out Yale by nearly 13 seconds to earn a first-place victory. The Radcliffe fours finished seventh in a competitive Championship Four event.
- 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.
About Head of the Charles
Since its origin in 1965, the Head of the Charles Regatta has welcomed the world's best crews to the banks of the Charles River for the ultimate two-day rowing competition. Founders and Cambridge Boat Club members D'Arcy MacMahon, Howard McIntyre and Jack Vincent, created the Regatta on the advice of Harvard University sculling instructor Ernest Arlett. Arlett proposed a "head of the river" race (similar in tradition to races held in his native England) be held on the Charles River. "Head" races are a class of regattas generally three miles in length. Boats compete against one another and the clock, which starts sequentially, approximately fifteen seconds apart. Winners of each race receive the honorary title "Head of the River" or, in this case, "Head of The Charles". Over 11,000 athletes, 400,000 spectators and 1,400 volunteers will take to the Charles River and its shores for the event. The first event featured around 100 competitors and has grown to 55 events at this year's HOCR.
All four Harvard and Radcliffe varsity crews will return to the water for the Foot of the Charles, Nov. 10.