DERBY, Conn. – Yale lightweight crew opens its fall season Saturday at the 20th annual Head of the Housatonic, held on its home course in Derby. The Bulldogs look to gain valuable racing experience and set themselves up for a successful fall campaign. Following this weekend's race, the Elis have two consecutive weekends of racing: the Head of the Charles in Boston, Mass. and the Princeton Chase in Princeton, N.J.
The 2013-14 season was a mixed bag for the lightweights. After a 5-2 regular season, the Yale first varsity finished second behind Cornell at the Eastern Sprints; in June, the first varsity finished fourth at the IRA National Championships. The Bulldogs will be looking to improve on those performances this season starting this weekend.
The Head of the Housatonic provides the team with useful racing insight as it gears up for its two major fall races: the Head of the Charles, on Oct. 19, and the Princeton Chase, on Oct. 26. The regatta gives all members of the squad an opportunity to race—often in more than one boat. In addition to four eights, the Elis have also entered small boats including singles, pairs, and fours.
More information about the regatta can be found here.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity