Radcliffe Lightweight Earn First-Ever Eights Win at Head of the Charles

Radcliffe was awarded its eighth Head of the Charles win with a victory in the lightweight eights race Sunday afternoon (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Black and White won the lightweight eights race at the Head of the Charles Regatta Oct. 21 for the first time in the history of the regatta. It was Harvard's 42nd win in the history of the HOCR, the world's largest two-day rowing event.

Radcliffe knew it had the potential to fend off defending champion Wisconsin in this year's eights race and did just that to capture the title. The Black and White completed the three-mile course winding through Boston and Cambridge in 16:58.83 to best the Badgers by over two seconds. Wisconsin's 17:01.29 finish was good for second and well ahead of crews from Stanford (17:36.09), Princeton (17:49.39) and MIT (17:50.81) in the regatta's final event.

With the win, Radcliffe earned its eighth Head of the Charles first-place finish.

In the fours race, Radcliffe finished 13th, clocking in at 21:17.73. That competition featured a pair of Harvard alumnae, Maryana Vrubel '12 and Elizabeth Bates '11, which helped Vesper Boat Club to a second-place showing. Vesper completed the route in 19:22.94, behind Western University's winning time of 19:01.39.

Results of boats featuring Harvard-affiliated rowers
Saturday, Oct. 20
Men's master eights [50+]
Warren Boat Club (several Harvard alumni), 27th – 18:02.21
Alte Achter Boat Club (several Harvard alumni), 38th – 19:13.38
Men's Senior Master fours [50+]
Warren Boat Club (several Harvard alumni), 27th – 20:47.11
Men's alumni eights
Hvl+, 12th – 15:56.12
Butte Boat Club, 24th – 16:32.95
Harvard Alumni 2009, 10th – 15:49.92
Men's club singles
James Cushing Bayley V '09, 3rd – 18:56.12
Alex Soutter '11, 4th – 18:52.20
Men's club fours
Harvard lightweight crew, 26th – 18:04.72
Men's club eights
Harvard heavyweight crew, 6th – 15:19.21
Harvard heavyweight crew, 10th – 15:35.94
Harvard lightweight crew, 12th – 15:47.49
Women's club eights
Community Rowing, Inc. (Sarah Maxwell '06, Emily Parfit '08), 11th – 18:00.68
Radcliffe heavyweight crew, 10th – 17:54.58
Women's master fours [40+]
Radcliffe Alumnae Rowing Association, 11th – 21:12.94
Men's masters eights [40+]
Curvature of the Earth Rowing Club (several Harvard alumni), 18th – 17:46.79
Women's championship singles
Liv Coffey '11, 9th – 20:34.30
Men's championship singles
Nick Baker '07, 18th – 18:40.80
Senior-veteran I/II singles men
Townsend Swayze '59,  12th – 24:04.69
Directors' challenge parent/child doubles
Harry Parker and daughter Abigail Parker, 21st – 22:49.04

Sunday, Oct. 21
Men's championship fours
Harvard heavyweight crew, 9th – 17:23.98
Women's championship fours
Radcliffe heavyweight crew, 7th – 19:34.21
Men's championship eights
Harvard heavyweight crew, 2nd – 14:24.35
Harvard heavyweight crew, 19th – 15:24.78
Harvard heavyweight crew, 25th – 16:06.59
Women's championship eights
USRowing (Caryn Davies '05, Esther Lofgren '09), 1st – 16:13.49
London Rowing Club "Great Eight" (Jill Carlson '12), 4th – 16:41.24
Radcliffe heavyweight crew, 7th – 17:06.15
Radcliffe heavyweight crew, 20th – 17:40.10
Men's lightweight fours
Harvard lightweight crew, 7th – 18:01.49
Women's lightweight fours
Vesper Boat Club (Maryana Vrubel '12, Elizabeth Bates '11), 2nd – 19:22.94
Radcliffe lightweight crew, 13th – 21:17.73
Men's lightweight eights
Harvard lightweight crew, 1st – 14:35.71
Harvard lightweight crew, 13th – 15:29.82
Women's lightweight eights
Radcliffe lightweight crew, 1st – 16:58.83
Radcliffe lightweight crew, 7th – 18:09.22