NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale lightweight crew team is set to race this Sunday, Oct. 21, in the 48th Head of the Charles Regatta. The regatta, held annually in Boston, is the world's largest two-day regatta, featuring 60 events, 9,000 rowers and more than 300,000 spectators, including both domestic and foreign competitors. The Bulldogs, who finished first two weeks ago at the Head of the Housatonic, will look to have a strong showing on Sunday, fielding three boats to race on the three-mile course. The event is run as a headrace, with boats starting one at a time.
The first event for the Elis will be the lightweight fours event at 4:15 p.m. Last year, the Yale fours posted the top two collegiate times in the event, placing second and third overall. The New York Athletic Club, who posted the top time in the event, is back to defend its title this year and is starting first in the event. The two Yale fours are starting second and third and will look to avenge their loss last year and reclaim the title. The New York Athletic Club four also features Colin Corcoran '11, a member of the 2011 National Championship boat.
In its other race of the day, the lightweight eights at 4:38 p.m., Yale will enter one boat. The Bulldogs, who finished fifth last year, will look to improve on this standing this year. This event is notable because many of the top EARC schools that the Elis will race in the spring have entered boats, such as Cornell, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Harvard and Princeton. In addition, the defending champion, US Rowing, the US national team, has again entered an eight in a bid to defend its title. Yale starts in the fifth position, in between Georgetown and Brock University.
The event schedule can be found here.