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Bulldogs Set For Head Of Charles

Bulldogs Set For Head Of Charles

Yale Will Race Two Championship Eights, One Championship Four

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's crew is ready for one of the most anticipated weekends of the fall, the Head of the Charles. The Bulldogs will race three crews - two championship eights and one championship four - on Sunday in the 49th edition of the historic regatta.

"Our athletes love the Head of the Charles," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "It is a mob scene of rowing fanatics from all over the world."

The course is three miles (4,800 meters) long and stretches from the start at Boston University's DeWolfe Boathouse near the Charles River Basin to the finish just after the Eliot Bridge and before Northeastern University's Henderson Boathouse. Crews start the race at 15-second intervals.

"The race is the complete opposite of what we do in the spring and what matters to us as a program, but it is fun to see how we match up," Porter said. "We are looking to have fun and race hard, throw it out there and see what we have."

The women's championship four race is scheduled to begin at 2:39 p.m. on Sunday, while the championship eight gets under way at 3:06 p.m.

Yale got the fall season off to a strong start last weekend at the Head of the Housatonic. The Bulldogs captured the collegiate eight with a time of 15:11.3 and also had the fastest crews in the pairs and fours.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity