53rd Edition of the Head of the Charles Set for This Weekend

Weld Boathouse
Weld Boathouse, home of Harvard-Radcliffe crew, features prominent during Head of the Charles weekend (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Rowers from across the world will descend upon the Charles River this weekend, as the waterway will host the 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta Saturday and Sunday. All four Harvard and Radcliffe varsity crews will be in action over the weekend.

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.

Getting Around
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.

For information on parking at Harvard Athletics campus this weekend, please click HERE.

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. 

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.

A Look Inside Weld
Seniors Hannah Osborn and Kathleen Malloch gave Boston.com a preview of the Head of the Charles and a quick tour of Weld Boathouse Wednesday.

Saturday, Oct. 21

7:45 AM

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

8:40 AM

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

10:11 AM

Women's Senior Master Eights (50+) – Radcliffe Alumni Heavyweights (A)

12:19 PM

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

12:41 PM

Women's Senior Masters Singles (40+) – Harvard Sculling Club

1:18 PM

Women's Alumni Eights – Radcliffe Alumni Heavyweight (A) and Lightweight (A)

1:37 PM

Men's Club Fours – Harvard University Crew (A, B)

2:23 PM

Men's Club Eights – Harvard University Crew (A, B, C)


Men's Club Eights – Harvard Business School Boat

2:37 PM

Women's Club Eights – Radcliffe Heavyweights (A)

3:25 PM

Men's Master Eights (40+) – Harvard Alum 1992

4:00 PM

Women's Championship Doubles – Radcliffe Lightweights (A)

Sunday, Oct. 22

8:08 AM

Men's Club Singles – Harvard Sculling Club

12:11 PM

Directors' Challenge Men's Quads – Harvard University Boat Club (A)

1:16 PM

Men's Championship Fours - Harvard University Crew (A)


Men's Lightweight Fours - Harvard University Crew (A)

1:30 PM

Women's Championship Fours – Radcliffe Heavyweight (A) and Lightweight (A)

1:48 PM

Men's Championship Eights - Harvard University Crew (A, B)


Men's Lightweight Eights - Harvard University Crew (A, B)

2:22 PM

Women's Championship Eights – Radcliffe Heavyweights (A, B), Lightweights (A)

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.  







Championship doubles



Championship fours



Championship eights



Club fours



Club eights



Lightweight fours



Lightweight eights



Youth doubles



Youth eights






Championship fours



Championship eights



Club eights



Lightweight fours



Lightweight eights



Youth eights



Last Year
The Harvard-Radcliffe lightweight crew highlighted an outstanding 52nd Head of the Charles last October, winning the women's lightweight eights event in a time of 18:17.592. The mark was over 10 seconds faster than runner-up Boston University. 

The Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight varsity eight posted a 13th-place finish in the Championship Eight event, while the second varsity claimed third in the Club Eight event.

On the men's side, the heavyweights earned their fourth-straight bronze medal in the Championship Eight event, edging out rival Yale. The lightweights took 10th overall and ninth among the collegiate squads.