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52nd Head of the Charles Starts Saturday

52nd Head of the Charles Starts Saturday
Harvard Crew and Radcliffe Crew will compete for their 35th and 11th title, respectively (Athletic 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 52nd 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 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.

Saturday, Oct. 22

7:45 AM

Men's Senior Veteran Singles I and II (70+): Harvard Sculling Club

8:32 AM

Men's Senior Veteran Singles I and II (60+): Harvard Sculling Club

9:42 AM

Men's Senior Master Eights (50+): Harvard Lightweights HOC 50th Reunion A

10:05 AM

Women's Senior Master Eights (50+): Radcliffe Alumnae Rowing Association

11:07 AM

Men's Senior Master Doubles (50+): Harvard Sculling Club, Harvard University Boat Club

11:43 AM

Men's Senior Master Singles (40+): Harvard Sculling Club

12:12 PM

Men's Alumni Eights: Harvard Alumni 2009

12:31 PM

Women's Alumni Eights: Radcliffe Alumnae Rowing Association A, Radcliffe Alumnae Rowing Association B

12:51 PM

Men's Club Fours: Harvard University Crew A, Harvard University Crew B

1:37 PM

Men's Club Eights: Harvard University Crew A, Harvard University Crew B, Harvard University Crew C

1:51 PM

Women's Club Eights: Radcliffe Crew A

3:34 PM

Women's Championships 2X: Radcliffe Crew


Sunday, Oct. 23

12:09 PM

Directors Challenge Men's Quads: Harvard University Boat Club

1:48 PM

Men's Championship Fours: Harvard University Crew A

 

Men's Lightweight Fours: Harvard University Crew A

2:02 PM

Women's Championships Fours: Radcliffe Crew A

 

Women's Lightweight Fours: Radcliffe Crew A

2:20 PM

 

Men's Championship Eights: Harvard University Crew A, Harvard University Crew B

 
 

Men's Lightweight Eights: Harvard University Crew A, Harvard University Crew B

2:36 PM

Women's Championship Eights: Radcliffe Crew A, Radcliffe Crew B

 

Women's Lightweight Eights: Radcliffe Crew A, Radcliffe Crew B

 
Alumni who are not listed, please let us know by emailing Tim Williamson, Associate Director of Athletics, at twilliam@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 44 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

10

 

Championship fours

2

1976

Championship eights

1

1973

Club eights

1

2013

Lightweight fours

1

2004

Lightweight eights

2

2015

Youth eights

3

1999

 

Last Year
In the 2015 Head of the Charles, the men's heavyweight eight took home the bronze with a time of 14:21.357. The men's heavyweight B boat placed eighth overall with a time of 14:41.886.

On the lightweight side, the men also finished third in the championship eight, stopping the clock at 15:05.809.

The Harvard-Radcliffe lightweight crew team finished first of the collegiate squads and second overall at the 51st-annual Head of the Charles Regatta.

Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crew finished the competitive 51st-annual Head of the Charles Regatta, ranking 19th overall.
 
 
 
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