October 16, 2008

Lightweight Crews Gear Up for Charles

Oct. 16, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Having broken the ice with last weekend's Head of the Housatonic, coach Andy Card's lightweight squad heads to Boston this weekend hungry for a challenge - and a win. The Bulldog lightweights will be racing in two events at the Head of the Charles Regatta: the lightweight men's four and the lightweight men's eight.

Two Y150 crews will race on the Charles River: the lightweight four and the lightweight eight. Based on last year's strong second-place finish, the Yale lightweight four will start behind 2007 champ New York Athletic Club and just ahead of Riverside Boat Club. Both of these clubs are usually composed of national-level rowers. The four will also take on familiar league competition from Navy, Georgetown, Cornell, Harvard and MIT. In the men's lightweight eight, Yale starts sixth, with Riverside in fifth and Princeton 'B' in seventh. Every EARC lightweight school has an entry in this event, making for a very good race.

In last year's Head of the Charles, the Yale lightweights had two solid days of racing on both Saturday and Sunday. The Club 8+ led the way, with a fourth-place finish after starting deep in the pack at 13. Taking the momentum from the Club 8+, on Sunday the lightweight four finished second to NYAC by 3.4 seconds and first among colleges. Last to race were the two lightweight eights, and both crews were able to move up and place themselves higher in the race order than where they started. The 'A' boat started 12th and finished eighth overall and fourth among colleges. The 'B' boat started 23rd and finished 16th.

Both of the events Yale is in will take place on Sunday, October 19. The lightweight four will take off at 2:16 p.m. and the lightweight eight will take off at 2:42 p.m. Race results can be accessed live at the Head of the Charles homepage.

Report filed by Dominique Fenton '10, Yale Sports Publicity