Bulldogs Ready for Head of Charles

Look to Repeat Performance at Head of Housatonic

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After achieving a near clean-sweep at the Oct. 9 Head of the Housatonic, the Yale women's crew team will look to find similar success at the Head of Charles regatta this weekend in Cambridge, Mass.

The Bulldogs' championship eight crew finished in fourth place at last year's regatta, a result the rowers will look to better at this year's event, the 47th installment of the world's largest two-day rowing event. 

At last year's event, the women's crew also posted a 10th-place finish in the championship four event and a third-place finish in the club eights.

What is special about the three-mile Head of the Charles regatta is its "head-race" format. In this configuration, boats race single file, each starting seconds after the other, and the winner is determined not by who finishes first but by the final time recorded. Due to the format, the Head of the Charles is often referred to as a "coxswains race," because the quality of the steering can add or subtract up to 10 seconds to the final time.

The Head of Charles regatta traditionally marks the end of the Bulldogs' fall season, but this year the team will also compete at the Oct. 30 Princeton Chase in Princeton, N.J. After that, the team has a long winter of training before the competitive spring season kicks off with the Mar. 24 Connell Cup against Cornell and Penn in New York, N.Y.

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.