NEW HAVEN, Conn. - On Saturday, Oct. 10 the Yale men’s lightweight crew team will begin its fall season with the 15th installment of the Head of the Housatonic regatta. The race will be held in Derby, Conn. and will be the first to include the class of 2012 as part of the varsity crew. The race will also be the first since the lightweight varsity eight took the silver at the IRA National Regatta last June.
At last year’s event, the Y150 took first place in two events and second in another two. The team won the men’s open pair and the collegiate men’s four, while taking second place in the varsity eight and the freshman eight races.
This weekend’s regatta will be a tune-up for next weekend’s Head of the Charles, which will take place on the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass. At last year’s event, the men’s lightweight four took first place and the varsity eight took eighth place. The men’s four event was won by over 30 seconds, and represented the first time in 20 years that the event was won by a college, as opposed to a rowing club. The Head of the Charles includes crews from each of the EARC universities, so it will be a good first test for the Bulldogs against their usual set of rivals.
The following weekend, on Oct. 25, the Elis will participate in the Princeton Three-Mile Chase. At last year’s event, the Bulldogs won both the men’s varsity eight and the men’s open pair, while taking third place in the men’s lightweight four and the freshman eight races.
Report By Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports