BOSTON, Mass. – A small group of the Yale lightweight crew travelled up to Boston to compete at the 52nd Head of the Charles Regatta. The Yale lightweight eight finished 3rd and the lightweight four finished 2nd. Additionally, Eric Esposito, representing home club Narragansett placed second in the club single competition.
Conditions were tricky on the Charles with winds as high as 25mph. Senior Eric Esposito rowing for his home club, Narragansett, was the first of the Y150s to compete. Esposito, who placed second last year, led the processional race of thirty-six scullers. In the end, he placed second in time of 19:48.138.
Next to race was the lightweight four. Starting seventh the Bulldogs capitalized on their early speed to overtake both Undine and Pennsylvania. Yale finished second overall, six seconds behind a crew from New York Athletic Club.
Finally, at 2:40 p.m., the Yale varsity lightweight eight raced. Yale posted fast times to the first two timing markers but ultimately fell to Western Ontario and Cornell.
Y150 Alumni Head Coach of Lightweight Rowing Andy Card confirmed his satisfaction with the day's racing: "Great day for Yale crew on the Charles today. The guys showed speed in all categories despite some minor seafood incidents down the course, but that's the fun of Charles, who cares. I'm proud of the way the guys raced but I'm excited to get the whole squad back together to race at Princeton."
The lightweights now have a week to prepare for the final race of the fall season, The Princeton Chase.
Full Results can be found here.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity