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Bulldogs Kick Off Fall Season At Head Of Housatonic

Second varsity four (Tim Bennett photo)
Second varsity four (Tim Bennett photo)

Yale Will Race Four Eights, Four Fours And Six Pairs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's crew will open its fall season with a busy day of racing at the Head of the Housatonic on Saturday. The Bulldogs will have four eights, four fours and six pairs competing.

"We are looking to going live for the first time this season," said head coach Will Porter, who begins his 16th year at the helm of the very successful program. "We will try to row most athletes twice this weekend, which is unique to this race. It gives us more chances to get to the line and see what shakes out."

The first crews to go out will be the eights starting at 11 a.m. The fours are scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. and the pairs get started at 2 p.m.

Hosted by the New Haven Rowing Club, the Head of the Housatonic is one of the largest single-day head races in the country attracting rowers of all levels -- from novice to elite, junior to veteran master. The regatta venue, Indian Well State Park, is situated on a stretch of the river with dams on both ends that create 4.5 miles of calm water with gentle turns. Lined by tree-covered hills, the course is 2.7 miles starting just below the park and ending at the New Haven Rowing Club boathouse across the river in Oxford, CT. Wading into the river to launch from the 1000 foot beach adds to the relaxed atmosphere of the race venue.

The Head of the Housatonic is the first of three events for Yale this fall. The Bulldogs will compete in the Head of the Charles on Oct. 19 and the Princeton Chase on Oct. 26.

The Bulldogs return 26 rowers that competed at the Ivy League Championship last spring, including six members of the varsity eight that finished with a 9-2 record. In addition, Yale benefitted from a trip to Henley over the summer. Porter also will welcome at strong freshman class.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity