Lightweights Race Sunday at Head of the Charles

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Yale's first varsity eight. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale lightweight crew travels to Boston this weekend for the 46th Head of the Charles Regatta. The Head of the Charles, which is comprised of 60 events featuring 8,000 competitors, is the world's largest two-day regatta. The Bulldogs, whose varsity eight finished second behind the Yale heavyweights two weeks ago at the Head of the Housatonic, will enter three boats in two events, both held on Sunday.

Yale's first event of the day will be the lightweight four, held at 3:38 p.m. Last year, Yale's top four finished fourth overall but first among collegiate entries in an event won by the Ontario-based Don Rowing Club. As such, Yale will start fourth overall this year, behind New York Athletic Club and in front of Navy. Another Yale four will start directly behind the Midshipmen in the sixth position, one spot ahead of Georgetown. Also notable among Yale's competitors in this event are rival Harvard and the Iraqi national team, which is currently on a two-month trip to the United States.

In the lightweight eight event, which will begin at 4:02 p.m., Yale will look to improve upon last year's seventh place finish. The event includes at least one entry from every school in the EARC lightweight league, as well as entries from top Canadian colleges and several club teams. The Bulldogs will start in the seventh position between Cornell and Brock University of Canada.  

A copy of the event schedule can be accessed here

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Report filed by Trey Chandler '11, Yale Sports Publicity