Heavyweights Head to Charles

Heavyweights Head to Charles

Yale’s heavyweight crews will travel to Boston this weekend for the 45th Head of the Charles Regatta. Three crews will represent Yale this weekend: a club eight, a championship eight and a championship four. After a strong opening weekend, Yale hopes to post strong performances at the fall season’s preeminent regatta.


The club eight will race on Saturday. Competition begins at 1:26 p.m. and will see Yale starting 5th between Lincoln Park Boat Club and ASR Nereus. Last year the club eight completed the Charles course in 15:28.98 for fifth place. Harvard took first (15:03.94) and third (15:24.33). Northeastern placed second (15:09.35) and Lincoln Park Boat club claimed fourth (15:27.56).


The championship four will take place at 3:33 p.m. on Sunday. Here, Yale will start 12th between the University of Michigan and MIT. Here Yale will face a number of strong collegiate crews like Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford and Wisconsin as well as notable rowing clubs such as Penn AC and the USRowing Training Center. Last year’s four posted a time of 17:16.00. However, an addition of one minute in penalties gave the Yale four an official time of 18:16.00. This placed them in 20th position. The USRowing Training Center won the event in a time of 15:57.34.


The final event of the weekend, the championship eight, will take place at 4:20 p.m. later that day. Once again, competition is stiff in this event. Yale will start in 14th place after Cornell and ahead of Skadi Rowing Club Rotterdam. All eight Ivy League schools will have boats in this event. Further competition comes from throughout not only the country, but also the world.  Along with powerful crews from UC Berkeley, Washington and Wisconsin, Yale will race in this event a host of international clubs.

Last year the Yale championship eight took 11th place in a time of 14:49.35. The University of Washington won the event in a time of 14:28.09. In second place was Brown (14:29.78). Third place went to the French crew from Aviron Nancy (14:30.48).


Race results can be accessed live at the Head of the Charles homepage.